Merchant's Tea Rooms & Garden Colyton, Devon
Merchant's Tea Rooms & Garden Colyton, Devon
Merchant's Tea Rooms & Garden Colyton, Devon
Merchant's Tea Rooms & Garden  Colyton, Devon

Merchant's Tea Rooms             & Garden

Merchant's Tea Rooms are  traditional tea rooms situated within  Merchant's House, in the Market Place of the historic town of Colyton. Colyton was known as the "most rebellious town in Devon" due to the number of inhabitants who joined the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685.  It is situated on the East Devon Way, a 40 mile walking trail through the heart of East Devon's beautiful countryside. The building is shared with the Colyton Heritage Centre. 

The Merchant’s House is one of the town’s most historically significant buildings, formerly occupied by Abbotts Antiques & Collectables. Merchant's Tea Rooms occupies a section of the grade II listed building previously open to the public as a shop and now converted into tea rooms and garden. The building is shared with the Heritage Centre, which is now housed in previously private sections of the house. This includes impressive 16th century features of national significance. It is thought the building was the house of a wealthy merchant in the 16th century, with the only remaining Medieval elements of the building being the thick stone walls and the half-timbered dividing wall in the Heritage Centre.

The building was later modified to create a second storey and refinements such as the fireplace and elaborate ceiling features demonstrate the merchant’s wealth. Remnants of the fireplace in the tea rooms can still be seen, with the sides and lintel made from a robust stone. This was later crudely cut through to create access to the room behind, and further damaged to create space for Colyton’s first phone exchange around 1930.


Merchant's Tea Rooms

Market Place


EX24 6JR


Tel: 01297 552455

Key Times:

WBreakfast served 10am-11:30am

Lunch served 12pm-2pm


Scones, crumpets, tea cakes, cake ... served all day till last orders at 3pm throughout January & February Tue to Fri.

Saturday 10am to 12pm.

Later opening in the spring & summer!




We are introducing the option for customers who are happy to chat to others, to sit on selected tables and enjoy some human interaction, be it for a cup of tea or over a meal.

For more details, call us on: 01297552455


Type 1 Diabetes Friendly

Please phone us if you would like to know the carb' content of our soups, quiches, cakes - we are working on a carb counted menu, but are not quite print ready...

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