Cost – £9.25 (Oct 2015)

Background – The Old Fire Engine House in Ely is our favourite nearby place to go to for tea. I have previously reviewed their Traditional Afternoon Tea which has to be booked in advance. However, they also do a Full Cream Tea which is always available during the afternoon. This is our usual choice when just popping out for tea. I wanted to review it as we enjoy this tea and have it quite often.

Contents – 3 small fruit scones, a bowl of homemade jam, a bowl of whipped cream, and a slice of your choice of cake, tea made with loose tea leaves.

Please note, this tea now includes two slightly bigger scones instead of the original three (Dec 2016).

Comments – This is not a traditional afternoon tea but is a tea we enjoy quite often. I have included it as it is only missing the sandwiches and is a good value, very nice tea.

Tea is served in chipped enamelled teapots with dodgy lids! Refills are available as required. The tea is loose so a tea strainer is provided. A variety of teas are available.

The scones (a choice of plain or ginger) arrive in a wicker basket along with pots of really delicious homemade jam (variety varies) and of whipped cream. Further supplies of both jam and cream are available if required. The scones are freshly made, warm and very tasty.


This is followed by a slice of cake of your choice from a table in the centre of the room. The cakes are all fresh and tasty and the slices are usually of a good size.



Sandwiches 0.0
Scone 2.0
Jam 2.0
Cream 1.5
Cake (variety) 1.5
Cake (quality) 2.0
Tea 1.5
Presentation 1.5
Service 1.5
Value 1.5
Total 15.0