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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….


01244 323 444


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 reservations over the phone on 01244 323444 and can cater for all manner of larger events and private hire.


Discover more about our beautiful historic location here, the Rectory, Chester.


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Leah, Mad Hatters Chester

Our Leah’s favourite cake

Leah is our friendly Supervisor who works with the management team to oversee everything for our lovely customers. Her cheery smile and stories keep us all entertained and puts people at ease instantly. Leah, what is your favourite cake? It’s got to be the Chocolate & Salted Caramel cupcake because it is just so chocolatey […]

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Our Scott’s favourite cake

Scott is our dynamic Manager who oversees everything in the Tearoom. You will mainly find him serving our lovely customers and supporting the team. Though don’t be surprised if you see him kneading scone dough, cooking a batch of homemade soup or fixing the till, he’s a very hands-on manager who jumps in to support […]

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Lowri, one of our lovely baking team at Mad Hatters, Chester

Our Lowri’s favourite cake

Lowri is one of our fantastic bakers. She only joined us in March 2018 but was soon a big part of the tearoom family, a whizz with a piping bag and a passion for cake – both making and eating; she rarely leaves the tearoom without a slice or two to take home! Lowri, what […]

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Full vegetarian breakfast at Mad Hatters

Breakfasts to suit every appetite!

We are big on breakfasts here at Mad Hatters, but even if your morning appetite is small, we have something for you… For the big breakfast lover Our hearty, full breakfasts will be just right for you. It includes all of the classics, you can even add extra items if you’re feeling famished! Available in […]

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Kirsty , Kitchen and Bakery Supervisor at Mad Hatters Tearoom & Bakery in Chester.

Our Kirsty’s favourite cake!

Kirsty is our brilliant Kitchen and Bakery Supervisor, overseeing what happens in these busy and productive sections of the tearoom. She is also a hands-on baker within the small creative bakery team responsible for all the cakes, bakes and petit fours we serve. Kirsty can be found whizzing between the kitchen and bakery, yet always […]

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Lou our Deputy Manager

Our Lou’s favourite cake!

Lou is our fabulous deputy Manager. You’re likely to see her buzzing around the tearoom keeping everyone happy, always with a smile on her face!   Lou, which is your favourite cake? It’s close between our Carrot & Orange cupcake and the Lemon Meringue cupcake…I will say Lemon Meringue! It’s very light and the homemade […]

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Vegan bundt cake at Mad Hatters, Chester

Enjoy Veganuary (and beyond) with us!

Whether you’re a committed full-time vegan or simply making the most of Veganuary we have a whole host of tasty meals and treats to offer you! Our winter menu has a range of new offerings and we’ve ensured vegans are well catered for, not just for Veganuary but for the whole of the season, and […]

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Dry January: swap to a tea for every occasion

If you’ve jumped on the wagon for Dry January or just looking for a healthier tipple our range of over 20 speciality teas can keep things interesting. All available to enjoy in our tearoom or to take away. Or make it yourself at home with our 100g packs of leaf teas available to buy over […]

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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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01244 323 444

Table reservations are currently only taken over the phone


Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday 9:30 – 17:00 or

Sunday 10:30 – 17:00

49 Bridge Street Row East,



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Afternoon Tea

Indulge in our famous Afternoon Teas filled with homemade sweet and savoury delights. A selection of dainty finger sandwiches, a classic scone with butter, clotted cream and preserve as well as your choice of artisan cake from our daily selection, all topped off with our daily special petits fours. Served with a small leaf garnish and sea salted crisps.


Accompanied by a bottomless pot of tea from our range of specialities or Americano coffee. Prices from £19.50pp.


Why not add a little extra luxury with a glass of chilled prosecco  – Red Queen’s Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco is £24pp.


Vegan Afternoon Teas and Gluten-free Afternoon Teas are also available if you make your reservation at least 48hrs in advance of your visit.

Reservation is essential on Saturdays, and for special dietary requirements.

Make a reservation

01244 323 444


“…the afternoon tea is the best I have had, the staff always accommodate our dietary requirements and the cakes are amazing…” 

C. Hankin review on Mad Hatters Facebook page


Afternoon tea parties

Our Afternoon Tea Parties start at £19.50pp. Served in our beautiful historic panelled room. Tables are set out as a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ style with long tables, mismatched china, Afternoon Tea on tiered stands and plenty of tea in multicoloured pots.

Tables are reserved for an hour and a half but if you would like longer than this, there is a private hire option subject to availability. For parties of 10 or more we offer two sittings, either 12pm or 3pm.

Make a reservation

01244 323 444

Afternoon tea gift vouchers, Mad Hatters ChesterA deposit of £5per person is required when booking, which can be paid over the phone with our team.

This amount is then deducted from your final bill on the day for each attending guest.



Gift Vouchers!

Afternoon Tea gift vouchers available here or from the Tearoom


We’re in the press!

Read our press page to see who’s talking about our famous afternoon teas and hospitality.

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