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The Courtyard Tea Rooms

48a High Street

Poole BH15 1BT

Call: 01202 670358

Email: mail@thecourtyardtearooms.co.uk

Facebook: /thecourtyardtearooms

Kris & Lee Whalley

June, July & August

Tuesday - Sunday

8.30am - 4.30pm

Closed Mondays except on Bank Holidays.

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About the Courtyard Tea Rooms

The story behind the Tea Rooms

From information gathered from Poole Museum we know that the building dates from the 16th, 18th & 20th centuries. The oldest part - the left-hand (SW) wall in the Tea Room itself together with most of the flagstone flooring - dates from around the second half of the 16th century.

The remainder of the Tea Rooms appears to be of 18th century origin, and really forms part of No 50 High Street. The kitchen area and "Snug" is mainly 20th century; the back walls, which form part of the Courtyard wall, is probably originally 16th century but looks to have been at least partially rebuilt at a later date (in any case, it’s very old). The right-hand kitchen wall is a continuation of the 18th century Tea Room wall.

In the early decades of the 20th Century the premises were used for a variety of purposes. Of particular interest is it’s use as a launderette  in the 1960's and early 70's, for which our current "Snug" appears to have been built.

In the early 1970's the premises became the Flagstone Tea-rooms, of which there is a 1973 picture in the Museum. Later in the 1970's No 48 became Butterchurn Antiques; the Tea Rooms were semi-attached to it and known as Butterchurn Courtyard.

In the late 1970s or early 80s the antique shop closed and became the Guildhall Florists. The Tea Rooms continued to operate until 1999 when they closed and lay derelict until late in 2008 when, following the closure of the Guildhall Florists the spaces were re-discovered, renovated and re-opened by the previous owners Tracey and Paul.

Lee & Kris, the owners

We prepare all food to order with fresh ingredients and we are proud of our unique personal service, attention to detail and the enthusiasm invested in every aspect of our hospitality and catering. Whatever the size of function and whoever we are serving, we always believe that the smallest details matter most - and are often the ones best remembered by our customers!

If you are planning an event please feel free to talk to us about catering for you, or ask for details about hiring out any part of the Tea Rooms for business meetings or private functions such as christenings, intimate weddings or wakes.

We are Lee & Kris, a husband and wife team who took over The Courtyard Tea Rooms in April 2014. Having catered for the private & corporate sector with our own business, Relish Catering for 13 years, this is an exciting and challenging new chapter in our lives.

Lee & Kris, husband and wife team at The Courtyard Tea Rooms