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Shelly's Tea Rooms

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3 The Droveway, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6DH, England
+44 1227 730303
10:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Tue 10:30 - 16:30
Fri 10:30 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Dover, United Kingdom
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457 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This place has changed little. It totally lacks atmosphere. It tries and fails to be oldy worldy. To only have one plugged in wall radiator was ridiculous you shouldn't have to eat with your coats on. The toilet was freezing with no means to dry your hands. Not sure why the poor harrassed lone young staff member has to dress... More 

Thank Duncan H
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Fancied a coffee and slice of cake to take on my dog walk in St Margaret's. Nice coffee and moist carrot cake went down a treat £5

Thank Pandora M
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

I had cream tea, which was rather expensive. Scones were oversized in my opinion, was not able to eat one of them Wish they would make small scones for less money, so that the experience remains enjoyable. Otherwise nice little tea room I however had to wait lots of time before I got served, and I was not pleased with... More 

Thank Katalin S
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Dropped in for lunch today with a friend. Very disappointing. Lacks atmosphere, service slow and functional. We both ordered jacket potatoes which were undercooked, salad consisted mainly of iceberg lettuce, coleslaw was very heavy on the mayonnaise. We both left lots. Rather expensive and very mediocre. Will not return, there are much nicer places in the village.

1 Thank Shenden
Dover, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Went to Shelley's tea rooms in St. Margaret's today. We had 1 ham sandwich, 2 cheese scones, bottle of water and a tea. It was quite expensive at more than £15.00. Not comparable to other local tea shops in Deal/Dover. The sandwich had plenty of ham in it but the bread was standard thick sliced bread. The cheese scones were... More 

1 Thank Matthew C
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

Came here for a panini and had a slice of cake and a coffee while waiting the hourly bus back to Dover, was quite surprised when it cost around £16 per person, food is nice but not fantastic or worth it.... Nice cakes though

2 Thank Nickykoala
sean s, Owner at Shelly's Tea Rooms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are delighted that you enjoyed your food, regarding the price if you had had the most expensive panini and coffee and a slice of cake it would not come to anything like £16 so assuming that that was what you had and that £16 was what you paid, something is... More 

Dover, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

This was our second visit in two weeks, (the first was uneventful) and we were very disappointed with the service. We were the only customers yet the sole waitress seemed to be in her own world and forgot to serve us. When a second customer arrived she dealt with him pleasantly enough but clearly couldn't multi-task and we continued to... More 

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St Margarets, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015

I cannot believe this place, opens occasionally and never any notice on the door. What more is there to say.

Thank GAMA-a1234567
sean s, Owner at Shelly's Tea Rooms, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we close on a Wednesday & Thursday only and it does say this on our printed opening hours at the entrance, we are sorry that you must have visited us on one of these days. More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

I just been with my mum to the white cliffs of Dover and after a long walk we arrive to St. Margaret's Bay and we found this lovely place and we had hot chocolate and a piece of carrot cake was so good! The girl was really kind and the atmosphere is so warm and u feel at home! Thank... More 

Thank luca c
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

This team room seems lovely from the outside and offers a small variety of home made cakes. The cakes looked yummy, all english traditional delicacies. The young girl was helpful and polite, making us feel welcome. We opted in for a warm lunch, a baked potato with chicken curry and prawns with salad. Both options came with a small side... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Street Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
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Open Hours
10:00 - 17:00
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 The Droveway, St Margaret's Bay, Dover CT15 6DH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Dover  >  St Margaret's Bay
  • Phone Number: +44 1227 730303
We serve our full menu all day, so whether you would like an oven baked jacket potato, a Panini, a freshly baked baguette, sandwich or a bowl of homemade soup you can enjoy this at any time of the day, and in addition to our wonderful selection of handmade cakes we bake our scones fresh every day and we know our amazing cream teas served with clotted cream will have you coming back for more.Our location is perfect to start or finish a walk be it down to the bay for a spot of rock pooling or a walk to the south foreland lighthouse

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