Sitting a whopping 1,670 feet above sea level, this Cheshire tea room boasts simply stunning views while you enjoy a cup of fresh-brewed tea or a slice of home-made cake. The Peak View Tea Rooms sits just beneath Shining Tor – the highest point in Cheshire – and is known for boasting some of the best views in the north west.
Based on the Buxton Road, just outside Macclesfield, the café overlooks the sweeping Cheshire plain with a wealth of outdoor seating to take in the scenery. The self-proclaimed ‘highest tea room in England’ offers astounding views across the Peaks for those enjoying a day out.
The original tea room was built in 1956 and named The Moorland Café before it was renamed Dish & Spoon. In the 1980s it was bought under new ownership and called the Shining Tor restaurant. Now under the name of The Peak View Tea Rooms – it’s always been a place for people to enjoy food with stunning scenery, reports CheshireLive.
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Taken over by Gail and Philip Heath in 2007, the married couple have kept many of its original features. Ranging from the original beams, firestone to the original Traser tiles from the 1950s.
When CheshireLive visited the Peak View Tea Rooms, it was only a short trip but the journey alone would have been worth the visit. Traversing through the hills up past the Cat and Fiddle, the views are simply breath-taking.
But if driving through the hills doesn’t appeal to you, when you arrive at the tea room you’ll realize it was well worth the journey. As soon as you park up outside the Peak View Tea Rooms, you’re hit by an astounding view across the Cheshire plain.
Gail says that on a clear day you can see Mount Snowdon over the horizon – despite it being around 100 miles away. But it’s not just the views that make this such a great pitstop.
The tea room sticks to the traditional sense of a cafe, with classic antiques decorating the wall as well as various pictures of the tea room from years gone by. And quirky details include frog and cow ornaments that double as salt and pepper shakers on the tables.
There’s a raft of quirky gifts to buy too at the café, including knitted toys and ornaments. While the impressive cake table – where a whole range of fresh-baked treats are on display – is worth the trip alone for those with a sweet tooth.
The menu includes a full range of hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, hot specials with chips and traditional scones with jam and cream. The café is fully licensed, so it also offers a range of beers and wines to go with your food, so it has every base covered depending on what you’re looking for.
With a standard and a specials menu, which changes daily, it’s also ideal for special events like Mother’s and Father’s Days, or a birthday party. Although CheshireLive reports it won’t break the bank – their reporter’s meal of tomato and mozzarella panini with chips was £7.95, and a café latte for £2.40.
Mains range from soup of the day for £4.50 to hot specials like scampi and chips for £9.75 or all-day breakfast with tea or coffee included for £8.95 for small or £10.45 for large. Cakes and puddings are available from £3 – £3.85 per slice and can also be purchased to take-away.
how to get there
The Peak View Tea rooms are open Thursdays to Sundays (and bank holidays) from 10am to 5pm. It can be found on Buxton New Road, the A537 main road between Macclesfield and Buxton, using sat nav SK11 0AR.
If using public transport, the number 58 bus from either Macclesfield or Buxton will stop at the tearooms on request.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.