Nelly Mays Parlour interior

Welcome to Nelly May's Parlour

Nelly May's Parlour is a traditional tearoom oozing with olde worlde character and charm dating as far back as Tudor times, offering Breakfast, light lunches, a range of teas and coffees and take-away picnics.


light lunches and snacks at Nelly May's tearoom


We offer a range of savoury food throughout the day including:

  • Cooked English Breakfast
  • Light lunches
  • Salads
  • Home made soups
  • Sourdough sandwiches eat in or take away


light lunches and snacks at Nelly May's tearoom


We offer a range of delicious sweets and snacks including

  • Home made waffles
  • Home made cakes
  • Home made scones
  • Gluten free scones
  • Cream teas
  • Roskilly's Ice cream
Nelly May's Tea Room on Ilfracombe High Street

Locally sourced and delicious

Nelly May's is the perfect choice for an exquisitely scrumptious breakfast, lunch, coffee, cream or afternoon tea or homemade cake.

Our Artisan Sourdough bread is made daily on the premises, all homemade cakes and scones are made with organic flour and free range eggs and our jams and marmalades are also homemade. We source our produce locally and use fresh quality ingredients where possible.

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Nelly May's is licensed and is a perfect venue for Birthdays, Christenings or other special occasions.

We can provide afternoon teas but as our bread, cakes and scones are freshly baked booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.

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“nelly may is a must ”

OMG the breakfast has got so much flavour, it’s cooked to perfection. the bread is homemade on the premises with sourdough, which is full of flavour. The orange and parsnip cake was out this world. Also the warm spicy apple sponge, my sister described as heaven in a bowl.

T. Bowen

“Wonderful Cream Tea”

A lovely little café, we stopped in here for a cream tea. The scones were amazing and huge! You can tell they were freshly baked. I loved the lavender and strawberry jam. The teapot had a cute tea cosy on it. The whole feel of the place was very comfortable and quaint and I loved the décor.

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