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Mad Hatters Tearoom in Chester

Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery is a multi-award winning establishment stunningly located at the historic and unique building of The Rectory, 49 Bridge Street Row, within the city walls of Chester in Cheshire. With subtle English Tearoom eccentricity and a touch of ‘Wonderland’, visit Mad Hatters to enjoy our breakfasts, elevenses, light lunches, and Mad Hatters’ specialty, Afternoon Tea.


As seen on ITV’s  ‘Britains Best Bakery’ 2014 and accompanying book, as well as the channel 4 series ‘Heston’s Great British Food’ and Michel Roux Jr’s ‘Kitchen Impossible’.


We also play host to private functions and corporate events with a full bespoke event planning service. Take a trip down the rabbit hole to discover more….


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Over 20 types of tea for you to taste! Freshly baked cupcakes, tarts and treats! Fresh food, made from scratch with fresh ingredients Upstairs in the old Rectory Celebrate with bespoke handcrafted cakes! Custom made occasion cakes!
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About us!

Ann and Kerri opened Mad Hatters Tearoom Chester on the 23rd of April 2011 through a love of baking and good quality home cooking. We are passionate about our food, both sweet and savoury and believe in using great quality ingredients to produce tasty food, freshly made to order.


Despite the early mornings, we love nothing more than getting into our newly opened bakery and baking lots of fabulous cakes! We love to experiment and our Mad Hatters theme gives us huge scope to keep creating new and exciting flavours for you to try. We also take bespoke cake orders and cater for various diets, please just ask.


As our name suggests we love the fun and quirkier side of life and pride ourselves on creating a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for you to escape the everyday hustle and bustle. Our team offer excellent customer service and we look forward to extending a warm welcome to you whether you join us for breakfast, a light lunch or for a wonderfully indulgent Afternoon Tea.


We take table resevations over the phone on 01244 323444 and can cater for all manner of larger events and private hire.


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Save a life! Sponsor our 34mile trek for Almost Home Dog Rescue

We are walking the whole 34mile length of the Sandstone Trail in one day (& hopefully within the 12hour mark 🤞🙏) to raise funds for the wonderful Almost Home Dog Rescue charity.   [Donate here] As you may already know we are a bunch of animal lovers at Mad Hatters and Almost Home are a […]

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Top Ten places to eat in the UK!

Mad Hatters was recently picked as one of the ‘Top Ten places to eat in the UK’!   In a recent blog post by ‘The Hip Horticulturist’ we were flattered that Mad Hatters was not only picked in the top ten places to eat in the UK but also came runner up!   We had […]

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As seen on Britain’s Best Bakery 2014

Last June we were lucky enough to be selected as one of the UK’s top 60 bakeries, and top 3 in the North West region, and were then asked to take part in ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery TV show. “We’d love to!” was our reply and a couple of weeks later we started filming at […]

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Independent Chester

As a small independent business, we love to support other independents and it’s great to meet like-minded individuals who love to keep their spend local. The lovely folk over at headed our way in April and here’s what they had to say about us in their fab blog…   “Mad Hatters opened it doors […]

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You ain’t seen muffin yet!

Well, it’s our first blog in quite some time but it’s been sooo hectic at Mad Hatters HQ! Firstly, we confess…the rumours are all true…. Our cakes are officially too big to be contained in the tearoom! We have now opened a brand new bakery and baking school in Pentre, Deeside. We’re thrilled with our […]

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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea – March 10th 2013

Book a treat for your lovely mum – our special Mother’s Day afternoon tea on the 10th March, here at Mad Hatters tearoom and bakery, Chester. Enjoy a range of quality food, home-made and locally sourced where we can, and served in our beautiful tearoom. Whether you’re seated in the upper floor panelled room or the light […]

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(un) birthday party at Mad Hatters Chester, Cheshire.

A very merry un(Birthday) to us!

The 23rd of April marked our 1st year birthday so in true Mad Hatters style we celebrated our Unbirthday on Sunday the 22nd at the tearoom in Chester.   Our early morning baking produced some brilliantly themed cakes for the occasion with Cheshire cat smiles, White rabbit pocket watches, playing cards and of course some […]

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We are always on the look-out for enthusiastic, efficient, and dedicated people to join us at Mad Hatters, so if you would like the opportunity to join our team then please attach your CV.

We also love to work with other businesses combining ideas and creative thoughts for all manner of events so please do contact us.

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01244 323444

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Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday 9:30 – 17:00 or

Sunday 10:30 – 17:00

49 Bridge Street Row East,



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Mad Hatters is located within the Grade II* listed historic building of The Rectory in the Rows, at 49 Bridge Street Row within the city walls of Chester in Cheshire.


With a Wonderland theme, Mad Hatters helps celebrate one of Britains most famous authors – Lewis Carroll, who penned the infamous Alice series of books. Lewis Carroll himself was born and lived only a few miles outside of Chester in Daresbury.


Chester itself is home to the world famous ‘Rows’ and these remarkable first level covered walkways are found in each of the four main streets of the city of Chester and are unique in the world. It is believed that the Rows were built on top of the ruins of Roman buildings during the medieval period, but their origin still baffles even the experts. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Chester experienced a building boom, which is when the original townhouse at 49 Bridge Street Row became an undercroft shop and parsonage, otherwise known as The Rectory.


Probably rebuilt in the middle of the 17th century, the townhouse was bequeathed in 1659 by Lettice Whitley to St Michael’s Parish of Chester, when it became a Rectory house to accommodate St Michael’s rector. The building was altered again in the 18th century.


Although the building had been bequeathed to St Michael’s Parish in perpetuity, following the consent of its vicar and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, it was sold to an antique dealer, G H Crawford in 1907. It was Crawford who restored the building in the late 20th century.


Now Mad Hatters Tearoom and events venue, you are most welcome to visit Crawford’s unique restoration. Of the 17th century building, you can still see the timber frames and plaster panels, the partially completed moulded plaster ceiling and the form of the galleried hall open to the roof.


We look forward to welcoming you…you’re already late!

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