About Us

Welcome to Owl's Hill Tearoom!


Owl's Hill Tearoom is a family run business with three generations of the family providing great wholesome food, excellent service with a friendly atmosphere, all set in a fantastic location.

Six months before taking on the tearoom joint owner Sam had never worked in hospitality, however customer service had always played a part in her previous career so she hit the ground running. And being a member of the WI, cake has never been too far away, so baking scones and providing afternoon teas turned her hobby into a reality. 

Sam's husband (and co-owner) Paul occasionally makes an appearance  on a Sunday as he has another business to run but he loves helping out.

Sam's eldest son (and co-owner) Luke loves to chat and to eat cake in equal measure so after leaving school without knowing quite what to do next, investing his savings in the tearoom was his preferred alternative to further education. 


Last, but by no means least, Sam’s parents, Sandra and Bill, offered to ‘come along for moral support’ on opening day and they have never left. Previously they were London cabbies but now they are both qualified to Level 2 in Food Hygiene and work their socks off in the kitchen to provide comforting home made fresh food like they’ve always done for the family.

We were proud to be nominated for Cycling UK's annual Cyclist Cafe of the Year competition in 2019 and have spare padlocks, repair kits and air pumps available upon request. We were also listed by Essex Live as one of the best 'Hidden Gems' in Essex. 

Set in a historical building in the heart of Terling our tearoom is over 100 years old! We share the space with the village doctor but previously the building has been used as a bathhouse for billeted soldiers in World War Two and as a storehouse for cheese.

The village of Terling is an idyllic place to spend time. Named as Essex Village of the Year in 2017, Terling is a beautiful village with traditional, rural architecture and lanes waiting to be explored. Also home to Terling Place, the Geogian family seat of Baron Rayleigh and  where John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh discovered Argon, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1904. Terling Place is a private house but does open it's gardens from time to time

With easy access from Chelmsford, Braintree and the surrounding area it's the perfect place to slow the pace of life, enjoy the idyllic setting and spend a few hours exploring before enjoying a pot of tea or light meal.

Top 4 Things to See in Terling


The Essex Way

The Essex Way walk runs straight through Terling so whether you are starting your walk here or just passing through there is beautiful countryside to explore.


Old Dairy Antiques

If antique shopping is your thing, stop by The Old Dairy antique centre, as seen on the BBC's Antiques Road trip. You'll find it just a short walk from us on Church Road.


All Saint's Church

A short walk from Owl's Hill Tearoom you will find All Saint's Church which dates back, in parts, to the 13th Century.


Family Fun

Terling playground is a short walk from Owl's Hill Tearoom with traditional swings, climbing frame and slide. There is also a ford nearby which is perfect for paddling or playing Pooh Sticks on the bridge.

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Owl's Hill Tearoom

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