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About Us

Welcome to Owl's Hill Tearoom!


Tearoom owner Sam was handed the keys in March 2019 and with the support or her family began to manage the tearoom as a family run business, providing great, wholesome, comfort food and a warm welcome, all set in a fantastic location.


Although Sam's parents have since taken retirement and the rest of the family only pop in to lend a hand from time to time, the team is strong and there is always someone on hand with a welcoming smile.

Only six months before taking on the tearoom Sam had never even worked in hospitality before, however customer service had always played a part in her previous career and she knew exactly what she wanted for her new venture ... she hit the ground running and has not looked back.


Despite the numerous national and local lockdown restrictions and having to adapt the business to a takeaway several times the tearoom has gone from strength to strength over the last few years with a fantastic local following as well as having built the support of many regulars who visit on foot, cycle or who visit Terling for pleasure as and when they can.

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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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