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“Childhood recaptured at sun tea rooms.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Sun Tea Rooms

The Sun Tea Rooms
Ranked #1 of 2 Dessert in Hawkshead
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$14
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Cash Only, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Small but quirky cafe home of the giant cakes but also serving full meals from soups to our own cured and smoked meats
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“Childhood recaptured at sun tea rooms.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013 via mobile

There are not many places in the country you can go where, as soon as you walk through the door, you feel like a kid left all alone in the best sweet shop you can imagine.
One look at the cakes in the window of the Sun Tea rooms will instantly bring childhood feelings rushing back.
But the good news doesn't end there, not only are those eye popping cakes delicious, the main menu food is simply outstanding.
I travel all over the country on business, and I find myself judging the standard of every cafe, pub or restaurant meal I eat against the standard of the meals at the Sun Tea rooms and I have to say, I've yet to find any that are better.
Put simply - simply outstanding. Well done, five stars

Visited May 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

must have visited this cafe 6 times now.what a great little place this is.friendly owners and fabulous home made food.i love the cheese and ham toastie's.recently won an award which is richly deserved for the quality of food served.before leaving, take home a scone or a slice of cake,the cakes take pride of place in the shop window for all to see and are truly delicious!! we were away celebrating our wedding anniversary,and the owner boxed us up two slices of cake F.O.C - A really nice touch.

  • Visited May 2013
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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Dont be fooled by the size of the cake portions”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

Called at the Sun Tea Rooms today and ordered two portions of sandwich cake the Blueberry and I think the Raspberry. The portions were huge but tasted exactly the same. The taste of buttercream is overwhelming completely smothering the taste of the fruit topping. I was informed by a lady on the next table the orange cake was very nice (very small portion sizes as not sponge and not butter cream? ) Maybe I should have tried the Black Forest Gateau or did that have butter cream in it ? Dont be fooled by the portion sizes sponge cake and butter cream do not amount to much cost wise and for what they are charging it is a dismal product. Outdoor seating is poor sitting in a narrow alleyway with staff pushing past to get upstairs with food produce for the kitchen upstairs

  • Visited May 2013
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Helmsley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Clearly didnt want the business!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013 via mobile

We drove 8miles from where we were staying for the weekend to sample the highly recommended cake, only to be turned away! I opened the door of the shop which was displaying the 'open' sign, to be abruptly told they were closed. I asked if we were able to get the cake to take away, but was told no as they had to set up for dining that evening. We were so disappointed as we had especially driven 8miles for their speciality cakes.But what disappointed me the most was the fact that as we walked back past 5minutes later, the same lady who turned us away invited a family in to eat who were browsing through the window! They clearly dont want the business and pick and choose when they want to take advantage of the tourism!

  • Visited May 2013
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“It's not just about the cakes”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

This rates as one of the best meals we have had in the UK, from their chowder, soup of the day to seafood sandwiches and cassoulet. Small place with lovely staff. The main meals were attractively priced and delicious. But wait there is more - the cakes are worth driving miles for. The sponge Rasberry and pecan was one of the best ever, light, not rich, just beautiful. A place not to be missed, you may have to wait for a table but who cares

Visited May 2013
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