The Samovar Tea House, Tea Shop and Gallery in Ely is both charming and stylish

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The Samovar Tea House
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The Samovar Tea House is also a Tea Shop and Gallery
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Centrally located on Fore Hill in Ely, Cambridgeshire
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And much, much more inside!

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170 loose leaf teas were available to drink in, take out or take home!

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We shared a pot of Ceylon large leaf tea……
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And chose the appetising specials of the day for our lunch
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My companion enjoyed her Bacon Panini
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My Eggs Florentine Bagel was delicious served on wholemeal
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The Tea Shop sold delectable homemade cakes which were very tempting
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Good to know that Vegan and Gluten free bakes were also available

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The Samovar is also a Gallery and I particularly admired this abstract by *Linda Cabrol

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Interior view of the cafe featuring a collection of teapots and another example of the affordable art work for sale
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Stylish pottery mugs were on sale in the tea shop ……
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And a wide selection of brightly coloured tea tins in various shapes and sizes

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Several beautiful old samovars were also on display in the tea house
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We liked the quirky mismatched furniture in the cafe
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The counter of the Samovar Tea Shop was laden with scrumptious cakes
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I loved this sign inside the shop!


Last Saturday I visited the historic city of Ely in Cambridgeshire with a friend and we had lunch at the delightful Samovar Tea House on Fore Hill. This is a unique and cosy cafe to stop for a drink or a snack, with a great selection of homemade cakes. All the food is freshly prepared to order, and there were 170 varieties of loose teas available to drink in, take out or take home! Unusually for a tea house I noticed it was possible to reserve a table, which bears testament to the popularity of this cafe.

The Samovar Tea House also sells a variety of tea ware and accessories, cards and gifts. The walls double up as a small art gallery showing a select range of reasonably priced artwork on display and for sale.

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Granny Apples says – ” I couldn’t resist buying some loose Redbush Organic tea and a pretty tin to take home. Charming and stylish with a great atmosphere this tea shop is well worth a visit if you are in the Ely area. Highly recommended.”

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What is a Samovar? A samovar is simply a traditional device used to heat water for tea. The word ‘samovar’ in Russian means ‘boils itself.’ Samovars can be found in homes throughout Russia and other Eastern European nations, as well as in Central Asia.

A samovar is usually made of metal (some decorative samovars are made of other materials) and has an electric heating element. A spout near the bottom of the samovar releases boiling water. These devices are so typical in Russia that even trains offer water for tea being kept hot in a samovar, and their large capacity gives special emphasis to tea drinking being a communal and social activity.


Samovar Tea House, Tea Shop & Gallery

23 Fore Hill




Phone: 01353 662160

Opening times:

Tuesday – Saturday:  9am – 6pm

Sunday:  10am – 4pm

Monday:  Closed   (with thanks to Samovar for the use of some photos from their facebook Timeline )

*Linda Cabrol  – Abstract Artist


Aerial view of the magnificent Ely Cathedral

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