The Tea Shop

Open daily, 10.30am - 5pm
Last orders are at 4:45pm

The Tea Shop provides fresh, English seasonal food made on the premises and served by our friendly staff. The Welsh rarebit is what we are famous for, but we also offer a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Check out the daily specials on the chalk board.

If it's afternoon tea that you are after, we offer a sumptuous selection of cakes, mouth-watering cream teas and hot desserts.

The Tea Shop has full wheelchair access and welcomes assistance dogs. We also provide free wi-fi internet access.

Families are welcome, and we offer our younger diners a children's menu along with fun colouring activities to keep them entertained. Baby changing facilities and high chairs are available. Please ask a member of the Tea Shop team if you need assistance.

Please note that the Tea Shop does not accept bookings.

Recent Reviews

'5 star rated - We have been eating the Welsh rarebit here for years, it's always great. The kids lunchbox is popular with our daughter, it includes 3 Jaffa cakes! Nice ginger beer & traditional lemonade. The cakes are always very tempting, with a wide range on display by the door. I like looking at the old photos that are blown up on the walls. The Mary Watts stained glass peacock window is pretty at the end of the building. It's a shame that the space doesn't have lower level windows but then that's the uniqueness of the building!' — TripAdvisor review

'Brilliant day out. Chocolate cake at the Tea Shop is a must!' — Facebook review

'Best Welsh rarebit I have ever had! Friendly and good value for money.' — TripAdvisor review

Our history

The Tea Shop building was originally used as a showroom for the Compton Pottery, which was established on this site by Mary Watts in 1901. The pottery became well known for its large ornamental pots, bird baths, garden ornaments and sundials. Famous stockists included Liberty of London.Today the Tea Shop retains much of its original charm, and we pride ourselves on offering freshly prepared food in a friendly and unique environment.


If you have any unwanted crockery, please donate it to The Tea Shop. Thank you.

5 star Food Hygiene Rating retained in 2018. Awarded by Guildford Borough Council.

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