Victoria Tearooms – Saltaire

Reviewed on September 30th, 2009 by Dina

The entrance to Victoria Tearooms is shared with a bakery so you have to go down the spiral stairs to get to the actual tearooms. Once down there, it opens out into two rooms with a stone floor. The walls are decorated with old photographs and posters. It was a joy to look at all the photographs and such things as the old rules of Saltaire Village!

Straightaway, what stood out was the friendliness of the staff and the welcoming atmosphere. We felt really relaxed and liked the fact that we could take our time deciding on our order.

So to start with, we were impressed with the range of teas. Something to note is that if you order the Yorkshire Tea, then it comes in a larger pot than the other teas! To accompany the tea, we indulged on the tasty coffee and walnut cake. It was a hard choice to make as the other cakes in the glass cabinet also looked so good. They also had lemon cake, chocolate cake, scones and flapjacks.

If you fancy something a little savoury, then the freshly cooked egg and bacon sandwich in a granary roll does not fail. They also do soups, sandwiches and other lunchtime items. It was quiet when we went at mid-morning, but became extremely busy by the afternoon. If you fancy something to take home, then they also sell jams and chutneys!

It is a shame that Victoria Tearooms is not located at street level as it would be really nice to have the natural daylight. They have tried to deter your attention away from its basement location by using net curtains and cute window displays.

Victoria Tearooms, 8 Victoria Road, Saltaire, Shipley, BD18 3LA

Rating: ★★★★☆

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  1. Victoria Tearooms Said:

    In response to the previous comment left by regular customer Gudrun Nissen I am disappointed you did not come to me directly to express your dissatisfaction on your last visit. Had you have done so I would have been able to explain to you that all our suppliers are actually the same as the previous owners. We use the same local bakery for our bread and the same Yorkshire butchers for our meat and the same catering suppliers for our potatoes. Unfortunately the kitchen equipment we inherited with the business is not sufficient to bake on premises. We have decided to stick with the previous owners suppliers until we find our own local suppliers for cakes. We have improved the coffee range here as previously only filter coffee was available and we hope on refurbishing the kitchen in the near future so we have the facilities for more home baked goods on our menu.

  2. Gudrun Nissen Said:

    We’ve been regulars at the Victoria Tea Rooms for the past 3 years and have always had the most delicious food there. We were all the more disappointed on our most recent visit. The cakes were no longer homemade but bought in. They reminded me distinctly of cakes I’ve seen at Costco before!! The baking potato was clearly microwaved because the skin was very soft instead of crispy and while the topping was still delicious on the Welsh Rarebit it was done on standard soft white breadrolls rather than on high quality crusty bread. I believe that the new management of this cafe needs to be careful not to put local people like ourselves off coming back because that would only leave them with one off visitors who wouldn’t return anyway.

  3. Richard Said:

    We visited here today (22/04/11) and found the place to be excellent. Very attentive and helpful staff and a good menu for lunchtime choices. Shame it is downstairs, but that doesn’t detract from the good food and ambient atmosphere. Really enjoyed the pate and toast!