History

The Polly Tearooms, 26 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1LW

Established 1912

Marlborough’s leading breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea venue, we are now incorporating evening supper events

The ancient Roman market town of Marlborough has been a stopping point for travellers for generations as it is on the great road , now the A4, from London to Bath and Bristol. The Polly Tea Rooms first opened its doors in 1912, started by two ladies, Miss Jean Leith Hay and Miss Janet McCloud (who was one of the original suffragettes). As men generally did not visit tea rooms , they were seen as a safe haven for these ladies to meet at the time. The building hasn't changed much since then, except a fire in the 1966 destroyed part of the building. Some of the recipes for cakes, chocolate moulds and biscuit cutters from the 30's are still in use today.

 

The Polly Tearooms has served a varied clientele ever since it was founded. Just to mention a few - Sir John Betjeman made several references to the Polly in his poetry, Cary Grant was regular visitor in the 1940’s and the Rolling Stones were photographed visiting in the 60’s,  The Kinks also visited and David Davies  visited quite recently . The Duchess of Cambridge, when she was Kate Middleton would visit the Polly Tearooms on most Wednesday afternoons with her school friends from Marlborough College.

More recently, Robbie Williams and his family, Emma Watson, Tom Bradby and many others have visited us. The Polly Tearooms has always been a destination for so many people.

Since being acquired by David and Ann Clarke in July 2013, the Polly has been restored to its traditional values of great food, excellent and friendly service and a warm atmosphere by people who really care about the whole experience of eating out in such a traditional venue.

The Polly Tearooms has great food; many people say the best breakfast in Marlborough, an excellent and varied lunch menu and traditional English afternoon teas that are comparable to any in the country. And of course our famous cake table which is just too good to do justice to in a few words.

 

We source the very best ingredients for all of our dishes and products, locally wherever possible.

Our shop always has unique treats with some special Polly Tearooms products available to take home.

See www.thepollytearooms.com for full menu and opening times                         

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