The Tea Shop is now open!

Before you visit we ask you to read our FAQ section here.

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.

Our Tea Shop also provides outdoor seating so visitors can enjoy refreshments in the open air, as well as a new takeaway menu.

Please note that the Tea Shop does not accept bookings. Last orders are at 4.45pm.

The Tea Shop Menu Download

Tea Shop Reviews

'5 star rated - Simply the BEST tea shop I have ever visited. Anywhere that has a selection of a dozen cakes on offer gets top points!' — TripAdvisor review

'... the Watts Works Welsh Rarebit is the stuff of dreams.' — Facebook 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

'5 star rated - Worth a visit just for the tea rooms. Excellent service and good quality food with big selection of homemade cake... Oh, and the gallery is pretty good too!!' Google review

'5 star rated - Good food friendly staff all homemade mismatch cups really cool do cakes and snacks famous for Welsh rarebit.' — 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 2020. Awarded by Guildford Borough Council.

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