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Tea on the Green

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2 Cathedral Close | Cathedral Green, Exeter EX1 1EZ, England
+44 1392 276913
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
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Truro, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic little place! We noticed this restaurant as it advertised gluten free options outside the front door so went in and booked a table for lunch which was only an hour and a half afterwards. When we returned, we had a lovely table by the window reserved for us. The menu was extensive and many of the options... More 

1 Thank FifiWatt
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a very pleasant lunch at Tea on the Green. The food was great (portions a little on the large side for a "light lunch", but that's not really a complaint!) and the staff were really kind and friendly - we also had a small baby with us, who was looked after beautifully. Also worth mentioning that there are changing/feeding... More 

1 Thank 727Lucertola
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed Sunday lunch overlooking Exeter's stunning cathedral in glorious sunshine. Staff and food were brilliant. Homemade lemonade, delicious. Recommended.

1 Thank Debbie J
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff, good food & clean toilets...three good things! It was a bit expensive but guess that's because of the location.

Thank ZambeziFamily
Ontario Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint and cozy, delicious food, generous portions and very reasonable. The staff charming, and lingered with dessert and Tea overlooking the Cathedral. Second day friends visiting from Torquay joined me for the best Welsh Rarebit sandwiches. The Fish and Chipss looked amazing also. Next time!. I had visited this Tea Room in 1985 and enjoyed it immensely in 2017.

1 Thank Andrea C
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...... the perfect place for a nice cream tea or just a cup of coffee!! Right across from the beautiful Exeter Cathedral..... great on a sunny day for sitting outside and people watching... hearing the bells or chatting with the locals

1 Thank Christine L
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service is really poor. Asked what the soup was and the waitress didn't know, said "mmm not sure, maybe and something, not sure". The chicken run panini, chicken Brie and chutney was pretty dry. Two of us had it and both said wasn't much chutney. The waiter and waitresses seemed more interested in each other than the diners and appeared... More 

Thank Papipsi
Taunton, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had as very disappointing late breakfast here this week. My wife and I decided to try the Full and Half Hash dishes as we had not had these on previous visits. The Full Hash in particular was a weighty affair comprising of a overloaded plate of lukewarm fried spuds and mushrooms with an overkill of nearly raw fried onion,... More 

2 Thank ColinSomersetUK
Worcester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a cream tea and coffee with carrot cake. Warm scones and good slice of cake. The meals looked good as they came out too. Not cheap, but service and setting are lovely and puts places like Starbucks to shame.

Thank Andrew H
Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Tea on the Green several weeks ago, midweek as they seemed to be regularly full up on Sundays when I checked there. Without prejudice to the difficulties some customers may have experienced, reported here on TripAdvisor, I have to say that I got a really good feeling about the place, underlining what so many of the other positive... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
View, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Cathedral Close | Cathedral Green, Exeter EX1 1EZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Exeter
  • Phone Number: +44 1392 276913
We are a daytime cafe with lovely views of Exeter Cathedral and the green. We have outdoor seating and seating on two floors inside. Open for breakfast, lunch, Sunday Roasts, and afternoon teas, we source from local, small suppliers as it's good for the environment and the food tastes better. Our coffee is excellent, our choice of teas extensive (no teabags here), and wines, beers, ciders, and lagers produced by small, local family businesses. Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sundays.This is an independent, owner operated cafe. We give 1% of our profits to Medecins sans Frontieres. Cream Teas are served from 230pm (We recognise that not serving cream teas at lunchtime is not a popular policy and admit we do this partly for economic reasons. Better to be up front and honest about it!). We are generally a daytime only restaurant, but we open in the evenings during graduation week, on Fridays in the summer, and for private functions (please phone us if you are interested)

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?