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Booking Your Table --- Group Bookings --- Pre-set Menu --- Christmas

Birthdays/Anniversaries & Special Occasions --- Celebration Cakes --- Wakes

Extra Special
Vintage Tea Parties >>

Sovereign Afternoon Tea>>

  Booking Your Table    

For Reservations please call
Tel: 01986 897818

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Closed Mondays
Except Bank Hol Mondays


If you would like to know there will definitely be a table waiting for you here at the Tearooms when you arrive, it is worth booking a table to avoid dissappointment, as some lunchtimes/tea times all our tables can be taken, including the sofa too occasionally. Some of our customers have favourite tables and request specific table numbers and you are welcome to do the same!

If there are more than 6 in your group, it is always advisable to book in advance so that we can reserve the right neighbouring tables to create your large one. There are more details below for specific events and Large Group Bookings, and a copy of our current Menu Here.

Simply telephone the tearooms during opening hours and we will be happy to assist you. 01986 897818


  Afternoon Tea at The Tally Ho Tearoms
  Group Bookings and Menu Options    



Large Group Menus >>

Large Group Tea Parties and Buffets
(12-34 people)

The Tally Ho Tearooms is ideal as a meeting place for larger groups to enjoy the delights of Home cooked food.

Our spacious Tearooms is a flexible space and can accommodate seated groups up to 30 (during normal opening hours leaving space for our other customers!).

We regularly welcome groups of 15-25 people, (such as WI's, Craft Groups, Associations and Private Parties) for lunch or afternoon tea and offer Pre-Set Menu options for such occasions.

We also cater for larger groups of up to 30 with a Afternoon Tea Buffet too, which is a self-service finger buffet.



All Groups who have booked our Large Group Tea Party are greeted by tables already laid with our beautiful china. They are served with tea and coffee on arrival and then their selection of sandwiches is served with our home made scones, laden with clotted cream and strawberry jam, along with a selection of our home made mini cakes.

There are discounted prices for the Large Group Tea Party (pre-set menu) depending on the size of your group.
More details>>


Group Orders from Our Standard Menu
Of course, you may wish to choose the Full Victorian Tea per person or just the Traditional Cream Tea option or something else from the menu, however, for groups of over 10, we require a list of your guests' choices a week in advance where possible, with final numbers and food choices 48 hours before. Orders from our standard menu cannot be discounted. Please feel free to ask us for any specific requirements.

We also accommodate Wakes for up to 30 people on an assisted self-service finger buffet basis. Please see below for more information.


Some previous Groups featured
on the Blog>>


  Large Group Tea Parties (pre-set menus)  
Large Group Menus >>



Red Hatters Celebration at TheTally Ho TearoomsOur Large Group Tea Party Pre-set Menu is Here and has proved most popular with larger groups as, being prepared for your arrival means that you can relax and won't have to organise everyone as to what they may or may not have pre-ordered.

Having said that, we do cater for some special diets, offering diabetic/slimming options, along with gluten free ones too, and with these all pre-ordered, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the company of those around you... we take care of the rest.

We are always happy to wrap/box-up any left overs that you or your guests may wish to take home.






Large Group Tea Party
& Buffet Menus >>




    Birthdays/Anniversaries & other Special Occasions    

We have catered for many Birthday Celebrations here with tables of 2 to 32, and for a range of ages from a few months (Christening party) to 100!

90th Birthday Tea Party

Larger Groups have booked the pre-set menu (Large Group Tea Party) and enjoy seeing the lovely china all laid out for their arrival, other smaller parties have chosen from our standard menu, and parties of 6-12 people have enjoyed one of our very special Vintage Tea Parties. Again, please feel free to ask for anything specific, we like to be as flexible as we can and try to accommodate customers' specific requirements.

Enjoying Afternoon Tea Party with friends

Our Decorated Cakes are a popular choice for Celebrations, more details below.

Special Extras for your Guests
How about a pretty Chocolate Parcel hand decorated in ribbon, as a place setting for each of your guests, for that little something extra?

Surprises to Hide!
If you have surprise gifts, such as flowers or gift wrapped items which you would like to present as a surprise, we are happy to hide these away for you until you 'give us the nod', and the same goes for presenting cakes with lit candles.

The Tally Ho Tearooms Birthday CupcakeJust A Little Something
If it's just a little 'low key' something special you want to provide, we can present your guest's slice of cake or dessert with a single lit candle! And we promise
not to sing! Just let us know in advance.

We also have a Birthday Cupcake for advance bookings (min 48hrs) presented on our fine china with a candle, £3.50 each to present to loved ones and friends.

From Us to You
We always have a 'little something' for those celebrating their birthday or any other celebration, whether or not the table is pre-booked, so don't forget to mention to the staff if you have come to the Tearooms to Celebrate something!





Tea Party in Period Costume

'Thank you for making my
mother's Birthday Celebration
Tea Party such an occasion
to remember.
We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will remember
the day as one of
joy and happiness.
Thank you again from all
the family and friends.


Pretty chocolate parcels

Pretty Chocolate Parcels

Surprises to Hide - Flower Bouquets


Vintage Tea Parties...
for that very special celebration >>

Sovereign Afternoon Tea>>

    Celebration Cakes made to Order  
Also made for collection


Multi-coloured buttercream flower cake, Tally Ho TearoomsWe offer a choice of Celebration Cakes, homemade here at the Tearooms, to eat here or to collect.

Our most popular cake is an 8 inch Victoria Sponge cake with buttercream icing and decoration.(A multi-coloured example is pictured right.) Each decorated cake is unique for each occasion.

Click Here for Prices
and Gallery of Decorated Cakes


Cake A - Victoria Sponge (8 inch diameter) with jam and buttercream filling, fully iced in buttercream and with Decoration and Message (examples - pictured right)
Serves approximately 24 (available in Chocolate or Coffee sponge)

Cake B - Victoria Sponge (6 inch Triple Layer ) with jam and buttercream filling, fully iced in buttercream and with Decoration and Message.
Serves approximately 18 (available in Chocolate or Coffee sponge)

Cake C - Two Tiered (8 + 6 inch) Butterfly Cake Two Flavours (choose from Victoria, chocolate and coffee sponges) Buttercream icing with edible butterflies and buttercream roses, similar to that pictured right,
Serves approximately 40 (or 16-20 dessert size cake slices)

We can also provide a display of iced Cupcakes minimum order of 6 cupcakes.

We have made other cakes specific to customers requests, such as a small 6inch Butterfly Cake for a small 90th Birthday gathering. Please telephone as we are happy to discuss your requirements.

Orders for Birthday Cakes should be made at least a week in advance, but please telephone if within that time, as we may still be able to accommodate you.


Please Note: Bringing your own cake
As we offer a selection of decorated Celebration Cakes for our customers, we have the following policy for those asking whether they can bring a cake with them to their party:

Customers wishing to bring a Celebration Cake made elsewhere are welcome to do so under the following conditions only:
1. The booking is a Large Group Tea Party or Afternoon Tea Buffet, or Vintage Tea Party, or
2. The 'Minimum per person spend' is agreed at £12.95 for each guest.




Buttercream Birthday Cake in Blue

  Christmas at The Tally Ho    


If you are looking for an alternative way to celebrate Christmas with friends, family or colleagues, then a pre-Christmas gathering here at the Tearooms may be your answer.

From mid-December we have our Christmas Menu available which usually consist of such things as a Christmas Victorian Tea and Festive themed sandwiches, desserts and, of course, our popular mulled Christmas Punch.

More Details>>

The Tearooms is closed from Christmas Day through to New Years Day inclusive.







“Thank You so much for
organising the Wake for us.
The Family felt able to relax in
your lovely venue, and really appreciated being spoilt a little”

Family Comment



Wake Menu and Prices

Here at the Tally Ho Tearooms we are experienced at providing a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere for bereaved relatives and friends to remember or celebrate the life of one lost.

Being a large Tearooms, we can cater for private groups of up to 30 people in an area slightly separated from other customers enjoying lunch or tea here at the same time.

For groups of 12-30 we provide our Afternoon Tea Buffet which is ideal for Wakes. The Self-Service Buffet is waitress-attended to provide assistance with Tea and Coffee on the arrival of your guests, and to maintain the tables.

We have a large Car Park and we also have full Disabled Facilities.

We are very happy to discuss any special requirements you may have, such as displaying pictures or a book of condolences for instance, or of course, any special catering requirements. We can also provide gluten free and diabetic dietary options.

We are always happy to wrap/box-up any left overs that you or your guests may wish to take home.

Click here for Wake Menu and Prices