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Located in the treasure trove of independent shops and cafés that make up Leek’s restored 19th century Getliffe’s Yard, Tea-Cake is more than a tearoom. Run by mother and daughter Sue and Amy Clarke, it serves mouthwatering homemade cakes, sandwiches, teas and coffees but also sells gifts and homeware made by local designers, including beautifully decorated fine bone china made by ceramic designer Amy.

Located over two floors, you reach the glass-roofed upper floor via a white-painted, iron staircase. On the walls you’ll see some of Amy’s designs. Her boldly-patterned china is a fitting partner to fine cakes and scones made by former cookery teacher Sue. Choices might include a classic Victoria sponge, carrot cake, coconut and lime cake, almond slice or gluten- and dairy-free brownies.

Tea-Cake’s cream teas come highly recommended too, with either plain, fruit or gluten-free scones and plenty of butter, jam and clotted cream. There are also breakfast and lunch menus featuring toast, teacakes, crumpets and a good choice of generously filled sandwiches, including traditional favourites like salmon and cucumber or egg mayonnaise and cress.

At the time of writing, Tea-Cake is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30-4.30pm and also the first Sunday of the month (until 3pm) to coincide with the Leek’s Sunday Supplement event for independent food and craft businesses.

By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor

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16-18 Getliffes Yard, Derby Street, Leek, ST13-6HU
01538 528340

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  1. Avatar Geraldine Shuttleworth says:

    Not sure how long Tea-Cake has been open, but have walked by before and thought it looked, light, bright and interesting, and today dropped in for a late lunch, after a visit to the Leek Sunday Food and Craft Market.

    Chose one of the downstairs tables, which had easy wheelchair access to suit the needs of one of our party (not sure about toilet facilities for those with limited mobility). After placing our order I took the opportunity to browse the quality craft items on sale.

    My Brie and Cranberry Toastie arrived with a good amount of mixed salad and coleslaw and crisps on the side, and at £6.50. thought it represented good value.

    I overheard someone on an adjoining table who ordered a pot of tea for two, commenting on the good size of the pot.

    The crockery was of a fine thickness, and pleasant to drink from, and it’s modern design was pleasing to the eye, Paper napkins were of good quality.

    Staff were pleasant, and apologised for the slight delay in our order being dealt with but it was a Bank Holiday and the Sunday Market, so the place was busy. We didn’t mind the short wait, as it was interesting to sit and people watch as people walked by.

    We had a pleasant experience and will recommend to friends, and return ourselves.


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