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Reviewed 8 February 2020

Called in for a coffee was very disappointed with the place. It was dirty and scruffy, doesn’t look as though it’s been cleaned in months. The toilet facilities were disgusting as for the food, was this a Bakewell tart as there was no sign of...the usual recipe. It was soft the pastry was disgusting I would not recommend this place as they need to close it and give it a good facelift. They also need Gordon Ramsey on the case!!!!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 7 January 2020

We first discovered Byways 4 years ago and were so impressed that when we visited bakewell again last week this was the place we headed to for coffee. Find Water Lane-just off the main road- and there you will find a door that leads you...up the stairs to this lovely cafe/eatery. It looks like it was a victorian house that has been lovingly adapted as the cafe consists of several rooms, all nicely set out and decorated. We had coffee and toasted teacakes to set us up for a walk along the river and then after a bracing walk, exploring the beautiful church and wandering round the shops we decided to return to Byways for a late lunch. The staek and gravy pie was to die for according to my husband and I had the quiche which was pipnig hot with a generous salad and the prices were half what we would have paid in the very overcrowded pubs. They also do afternoon tea which looked amazing but we were too full to indulge.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 30 December 2019

We have been going to Byways for many years and always been happy to return. I have no idea what has happened here but the whole place is grubby. Plastic cloths that are not wiped, the kitchen looks like a disaster area and the toilets...are disgusting. The staff ( 1 member ) is loud coarse and ungracious. It is totally miserable they need to close for a while to get this place thoroughly clean. Do something drastic about the toilets and change the staff. So if you are reading any of these write ups then please pay attention from somebody who is an extremely disappointed EX customer. We walked out because all the above was a bridge too far.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 2 December 2019

Called here this morning Monday 22nd December 2019. Very steep stairs to the actual cafe, was asked how many and ppointedinto a room which was very old fashioned, had grubby plastic tableclothes but a lovely warming coal fire. Menu was ok as were the prices....We ordered coffee, pot of tea and 2 toasted teacakes. The drinks arrived but i had to ask for milk. they then delivered the teacakes but no knives. food and drinks were ok but overall we were not impressed with the place and the service and will not visit again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 1 December 2019

I love these tea rooms. The food is excellent (my husband had fish and chips and the large fish really is large!), the Welsh Rarebit was lovely. We did not leave hungry. We were right by a fire and it was very cosy. Our waitress...was lovely.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 25 November 2019 via mobile

Been here a few times... it’s a quaint, quiet place.. with a log fire burning... full English breakfast is lovely as are the coffees... filled us up for the day... staff extremely pleasant and helpful.... Have returned and still a favourite of mine in Bakewell....More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 17 November 2019 via mobile

Not sure whether to laugh or cry. Arrived at 12:45 after a long drive. Thought we were being shown to a table but actually waitress was taking a menu to a different table. Found our own table (which still had a tray of tea on...it) after 15 minutes asked for our order. After 10 minutes our drinks arrived after another 10 minutes a stern lady asked us if all was ok? We explained our food still had not arrived to have the reply of “well what you have on your table is ok” no sorry about the wait. Food was ok for a ham sandwich. Unfortunately they can not copeMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 13 October 2019

Vegan meal requested from the extensive vegan menu. Was NOT served with a vegan meal. Chefs response was "what do you want me to do about it?". Waitress for next table was about 18 and clearly pissed off with every customer she had. Clean your...nails love and don't swear in front of customers.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 22 September 2019

Visited for a bit of Saturday morning breakfast. Opted for a full english - the bacon and sausage were nice, weirdly they provided me with a runny egg and the OH a set egg - which is exactly how we each like them! Rest of...breakfast average, and (my usual moan which i will always add on unless a place gets it right) cold plates grrr... Would have been an average rating but the lovely lady who took our order and served the food was so very friendly and pleasant, it improved the whole experience. Would visit again for the service, and maybe try the bacon cob which did look fabulousMore

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 4 September 2019

A superb breakfast can be had here and is served piping hot straight from the kitchen next door. The restaurant itself is a lovely spot which retains it original Georgian interior! Consistently excellent!

Date of visit: September 2019
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5