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Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room

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Address: Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY, England
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

CASH ONLY. SEASONAL: Opening 24th March, 25 and 26th and then everyday from...

CASH ONLY. SEASONAL: Opening 24th March, 25 and 26th and then everyday from Friday 31st March til Monday 17th April for Easter. Then Friday, Saturday, Sunday and BH in rest of April, May, June, September and October. Everyday EXCEPT Saturdays in July and August. Please see our leaflets and website for clarification - or phone us. . Winner of the Devon Life "Best Tearoom in Devon Award" 2013, 2014 and 2015 and Highly Commended in Devon Tourism Awards 2016. 16th century working watermill about half a mile east of Ilfracombe Town centre in HELE (Combe Martin road A399). We are a family business, milling to produce flour for our mill-made cakes and for sale in the tearoom. We serve Devon Cream Teas including Devonshire Splits and Thunder and Lightning, and a wide variety of cakes made on the premises, many made from our flour. Our savoury items soup, sandwiches and savoury cream teas. At least one GF cake aways available and we will make GF/vegan scones if pre-ordered or not too busy. We do not sell main lunches or evening meals. Takeaway cream teas and cake available. Free entry to mill for unguided tours. Guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm chargeable. We endeavour to entertain our guests with puzzles and quizzes. Dogs welcome in tearooms and gardens although not in the mill itself. PARKING in Hele Bay Public Carpark (to left of Hele Bay Pub). Limited disabled parking - please phone in advance.We look forward to welcoming you to Hele Corn Mill. See our website for details or give us a ring.

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Best Cream Tea by far

Great tea room with a wide selection of freshly made cakes which makes it hard to choose just one! A great friendly atmosphere and always some puzzles for the kids and adults... read more

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Worcs, UK
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited a couple of times before in 2014. Having been away from the area for the last 2 years, were happy to be able to visit again. Great food, great hospitality & great to be back!

1 Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tea room with a wide selection of freshly made cakes which makes it hard to choose just one! A great friendly atmosphere and always some puzzles for the kids and adults. Lovely outside area and you can look round the mill as well. Perfect!

1 Thank SunnyRB97
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You need to park in the harbour car park and walk across the main road. Cakes and tea are great. And it's free to visit the water mill.

1 Thank New-Wingcommander
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Corn Mill for afternoon tea with my young daughter over Easter based on the online reviews that were all very good. I must say, I was pleased we did, the afternoon tea was nice, but the scones and cakes were fantastic! The cakes were all so fresh, home made and there were so many different types... More 

1 Thank Jon B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a superb cream tea with scones and apple cake (not pie), I would really recommend all of these and more. My son didn't share any chocolate cake with us, I will keep my promise to rate it with 5 stars on his behalf. The tour of the mill was one more treat for us. To simply note 'great... More 

1 Thank Vassilis I
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking for somewhere to have lunch at Hele Bay and after passing the pub, which was closed we saw the sign to the Corn Mill. This was a fortunate diversion as we very much enjoyed the visit. The bread roll, which was served with a bowl of hot organic soup, was baked on site from the flour which... More 

1 Thank DavidJW17
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited twice during our 1 week holiday. Delicious cream teas both times. With the added attraction of puzzles for all ages and a working water mill to visit.

Thank Kate B
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily the best tea room I've been to. All the food was home cooked. We emailed ahead and dairy free cakes were on offer. We were entertained with games whilst we waited. The scones were superb. The mill fantastic... would happily go every day

1 Thank StuartJGraham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic afternoon tea in a lovely setting. Owners were very child friendly and helped entertain our noisy 8 month old! Amazed the price was so reasonable as the food was first class!

Thank LKEY1910
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a cream tea! I'd recommend getting there early for a wider selection of cakes, as when they're gone they're gone 😳 We were a party of seven ranging from 4 -40+ and we had a very pleasurable couple of hours, eating cake, drinking tea, counting mill stones and completing a puzzle or two! Just make sure you... More 

1 Thank Katie C

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