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Hele Corn Mill & Tea Room

Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY, England
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So good we went twice!

We visited this week for a delicious cream tea in the beautiful sunshine. Had a look round the mill... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Worth the walk

We decided to have a walk from ilfracombe to the tea room from ilfracombe high street area, it was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ryan k
Kent, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old mill” (22 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe EX34 9QY, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this week for a delicious cream tea in the beautiful sunshine. Had a look round the mill which is full of history. Amazing scones and cakes made with flour from the mill and tea in the cutest cups you've ever seen! My son...More

1  Thank 79Jo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to have a walk from ilfracombe to the tea room from ilfracombe high street area, it was a lot further than thought and were worried about the children (8 and 5). All of the worries soon went on arrival of the cake and...More

Thank ryan k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this lovely family run business over the bank holiday weekend. We were all so impressed at the food, the beautiful setting, the waiting staff (shout out to Kiera who served us) and the hospitality of the couple who run the place but especially...More

1  Thank Aarthi R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just out side of Ilfracoombe is the small village of Hele right by the sea at the mouth of a cove. One could not call it a resort because it lacks all the brashness of a resort and although without the prettiness of some Devon...More

2  Thank DevonBarbara
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little hidden mill house but felt uncomfortable as when I walked in it was jam packed and people was just looking us up and down . No menu was afford to us so we just ordered a mini cream tea . The scones was...More

1  Thank nichola52
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We attended here after reading the good reviews on here and we weren't disappointed. The best cream tea I've ever had! The service was polite and friendly and although there was a wait for our food it was well worth the wait. We will definitely...More

1  Thank disappointedBandG
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We visited for lunch and tried a selection from the menu, the pasty, sandwiches, cream tea and cakes were very good. We also tried the vegetable soup which was indifferent and tasted as though it had quorn in it? We enjoyed sitting in the pretty...More

Thank porkpieGloucester
Reviewed 14 August 2017

My husband googled The Best Cream Tea in Ilfracombe and up popped this little gem. He took us here for a surprise Devon Cream Tea. I am so glad he did - what a treat. They even did a savoury cream tea with cheese scone,...More

1  Thank frantasticdesigns
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Can get busy, but its worth waiting for ! Fresh scones from the oven with cream and Jam - heaven ! Its tucked away - look out for signs

1  Thank debs94
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Visited the mill and tea room as a rainy day trip and we weren't disappointed. I found the mill really interesting to look around and particularly enjoyed the accounts from local people of their childhood memories of the area. There were a couple of gruesome...More

1  Thank Anoifiona
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25 July 2017|
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Response from Helemill | Property representative |
If you were to walk it takes about 35 mins by road as we are the other side of Hillsborough (big rock by harbour) so walk round harbour and keep hill to your left and stay on main road by Thatch Pub at top of slope and we... More
26 March 2017|
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Response from Hele_Corn_Mill | Property representative |
There is no parking in the mill or Cornmill Close but you may be able to park in Watermouth Road which has no restrictions. The large public carpark is in Beach Road (to the left of Hele Bay pub). Parking is reasonably... More