Perfectly placed in Upper Hulme, just off the Leek to Buxton road through the Peak District is the dreamy Roaches Tea Room. Overlooking endless natural vistas in this Staffordshire beauty spot, the tea room has undergone a number of changes over the years.
From the Wednesday outings where I would be taken for tea by my grandparents as a child to my own hikes through the Roaches, this tea room has been my go-to spot for tea (and perhaps a slice or two of cake).
Where is the Roaches Tea Room?
This Peak District tea room is close to one of the area’s most captivating beauty spot, the Roaches, rumoured to be home to a colony of wallabies. Just a mile or so down the road is another local legend, the Winking Man.
If you are heading from Leek to Buxton on the A53 you’ll find a large teapot marking the way from the main road on the incline along with a sign for Ye Old Rock Inn. Head along this windy country road and bear left, following the road as it turns past a few small buildings, a road-side waterfall and up the bank past the Roaches Bunkhouse accommodations.
As you follow the road along, you’ll know when you start to get close as cars will be parked along the side of the road in their droves. Don’t worry though, the Roaches Tea Room has its own car park, these cars are for the climbing spot along the road.
What is it Perfect For?
If you fancy a ramble in the Peak District, this place is perfectly positioned right next to one of the most popular points of the roaches. Simply exit at the main gate and turn left and with a short walk along the road, you will be in the perfect starting point for a hike.
If you are winding down after a long day walking, the Roaches Tea Room service up a brilliant cup of tea along with some fantastic North Staffordshire delicacies.
If you don’t fancy a ramble across the peaks, the Roaches Tea Room is just as good for an afternoon out. Grab a cup of tea and sit out on the patio to admire the view if the weather is nice, or even if it isn’t. The view is just as impressive in the fog as the hillside fades into the haze over towards Tittersworth reservoir. On a winter’s day, there is nothing better than huddling up in the cosy interiors for a catch-up.
If you are visiting the area from a distance, the café also houses a small selection of holiday homes, perfect for a cosy winter escape or a summer rambling stay in the Peak District.
On the Menu at The Roaches Tea Room
Head to this lovely tea room in the Peak District’s Roaches for some tasty Staffordshire Oatcakes with your choice of fillings. If you are after something lighter, a traditional cream tea offers your choice of scone whilst an ample cake cabinet ready to tempt you.
Be sure to check out the special’s menu if you are visiting as they have a wide range of special dishes available on a day-to-day basis!
Other Tea Rooms in the Peak District Area…
The Peak District National Park is overflowing with enchanting tea shop walks and offers a wealth of tea rooms to relax with a cuppa in. Nearby Leek town offers a number of independent eateries within its streets including the quirky Getliffe’s Yard. However, here are my top three favourite tea rooms to enjoy in Staffordshire.
- Whitemore Tea Rooms
- Hetty’s Tea Room
- The Rabbit Hole Tea Room
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