Welcome To Nelly May's
Award winning Ilfracombe tea room

Locally sourced

Our artisan sourdough bread is made daily on the premises using organic flour and free range eggs. We always use fresh. quality ingredients and locally sourced where possible.
Savoury food


We offer a range of savoury food from full cooked breakfast in the morning, light lunches and soup and sandwiches throughout the day.
Home baked Lemon Cake


A delicious range of home baked sweet treats including cakes, scones and cream teas. We also offer locally produced West Country ice cream.

Nelly May's Parlour

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

Nelly May's Parlour is an award winning, traditional tearoom oozing with olde worlde character and charm dating as far back as Tudor times.

All of our food is baked and prepared on the premises daily using the highest quality ingredients and locally sourced where possible. We also produce and sell our own jams and preserves.

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

Afternoon teas need to booked in advance to avoid disappointment as our bread, cakes and scones are freshly baked.

Inside Nelly May's parlour
home made marmalade
Our Menu
Some examples from our menu
Traditional English breakfast

Traditional English breakfast

A hearty and traditional, full cooked English breakfast, cooked freshly to your liking.

Hearty hand-cut sandwich

Hearty hand-cut sandwich

A choice of white or wholemeal, thick cut, sourdough bread with a choice of fillings and salad garnish.

Soup of the day

Soup of the day

Homemade soup made fresh from locally sourced ingredients, served with crusty sourdough bread.

Sourdough pizza toast

Sourdough pizza toast

Freshly baked, sourdough pizza toast from our Specials board served with salad garnish.

Traditional cream tea

Traditional cream tea

A traditional Devonshire cream tea consisting of a home baked scone, pot of tea, homemade jam and clotted cream.

Homemade cake

Homemade cake

A selection of delicious and creative home baked cakes served with tea or coffee.

Our Features
Why choose Nelly May's Parlour?

Healthy ingredients

Organic, free range and locally sourced ingredients result in tasty and healthy food.

Food allergies

We cater for all food allergies and preferences with gluten free, dairy free and Vegan options.

Friendly service

You can be assured of a friendly and warm welcome from a family run business.

Historic building

Nelly May's Parlour is situated in a historic building full of character and atmosphere.

Take home

We bake bread and produce jams and chutney that you can take home.

Covid compliant

We follow all government guidelines for creating a safe environment for our staff and customers.

01271 863 877

Our Time

Opening Hours

Wednesday10.00 - 16.00
Thursday10.00 - 16.00
Friday10.00 - 16.00
Saturday10.00 - 16.00
Table Reservation
Sorry, we are currently not taking reservations.
News & Blogs
Gold award

Gold award

We are really pleased to announce that Nelly May’s Parlour has received Gold in Taste of the West Hospitality Awards Cafe/Tearoom Category for 2017/2018.

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Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

We are getting into the festival spirit with our Beatrix Potter window display.

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Crunchy Toastie

Crunchy Toastie

We are always trying new ways to use our delicious home baked sourdough bread.

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Our Testimonials
What Customers Say

A Fabulous place to eat and drink

We were attracted to Nelly May`s Parlour from the outside and when we went inside we were immediately made to feel comfortable. It`s very cosy inside and clean. The fresh, warm homemade scones were delicious. There was a choice of jams, I had strawberry and lavender.
Trip Advisor

Nelly May's 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.
Trip Advisor
Our Location
  • Location

    63 High Street,
    North Devon,
    EX34 9QE

  • Phone

    01271 863 877

  • Email