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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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Higham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We preorderd a full afternoon tea here, and it was just right! as we had not had lunch, the finger sandwiches, scones with jam & cream plus small cakes, was a real treat. Beautifully presented and freshly made. The tea-pot was refilled too! The only gripe is that it was a little cold inside the tea-room. It was a chilly... More 

Thank Linda P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

The most amazing scones I have ever had in my life, and i have had a lot of scones, they are huge and very tasty, they make them here everyday fresh and serve them with clotted cream, my wife had the jacket potato, wow it was huge and oven baked not microwaved like so many places. This really is a... More 

Thank Mcs12
1 review
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I expected the costs to higher than average but to be served a multipack can of drink for £1 does take the biscuit. The cost for a miniscule cake slice suggests that one whole cake would cost close to £200. Over priced, no atmosphere and from the front looks grubby.

Thank Paul S
sean s, Owner at Shelly's Tea Rooms, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, however we feel its criticism is unjust, firstly the can of drink, you were not forced to buy this if you feel that £1.00 was to much then the village shop is a 5 minute walk away and would sell you one for probably the same amount, then you have the generous slice of homemade... More 

Dover, United Kingdom
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488 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
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 

2 Thank Duncan H
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
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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80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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
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 

2 Thank dadofjess

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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
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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