If its hot outside....

The weather is warming up and it looks like we might get a real summer this year. Don't forget we're fully air-conditioned, so if you need a cool lunch-break while out shopping, we're the place to be.

Cake Specials

Our Chef has excelled himself with a mouth-watering selection of cakes, baked daily in our own kitchen. You won't find Coffee & Walnut, Lemon Drizzle or Victoria Sponge like ours anywhere else.


Tel:  +44 (0)1206 765805

Poppy's Victorian Tearooms
17 Trinity Street

Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm, Saturday 9.30am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 3pm

Poppy's 5-star Scores-on-the-Doors Rating


Located in the busy shopping centre of Colchester, the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Poppy's Victorian Tearooms specialises in recreating a stylishly elegant Victorian dining experience.

A 400-year-old building with low ceilings, exposed beams and sloping floors, Poppy's offers a unique and tranquil environment from a bygone age.


Lemon Cake We firmly believe that the quality of the dishes we serve to your table depend on us sourcing the finest ingredients. So we don't buy anything by searching on the internet or looking in a brochure or price list. We go and view the ingredients we buy, at the suppliers. Only when we've seen it, and know we can rely on consistent, reliable quality, do we place our orders.


Poppys We buy as many of our ingredients as we can locally. Our bread is freshly baked in the early hours of each morning by a Colchester baker. Our succulent sausages come from Proctor's free-range farm, just up the road in Suffolk. All our mouth-watering cakes are home-baked and all our main dishes, sandwiches, paninis and deserts are prepared and cooked in our own kitchen. Nothing comes in here pre-packed.


Poppys Yes we know, we're famous for our scones - and rightly so. We been mixing our own recipe and cooking scones in our own oven for many years, so we think we've got it just about perfect. Whether you'd like lightly-spiced fruit, apple & ginger or just cheese-flavoured we can serve them on their own or with jam and thick cream.


Whether you're just popping in for morning coffee while shopping, having a leisurely lunch on a day trip or indulging in an Afternoon Tea, you'll find Poppy's Victorian Tearooms, a truly unique and charming eatery brimming with character, ambience, quality and style.

The staff at Poppy's dedicate themselves to providing exceptional food and service in a family-owned-and-run Victorian Tearooms setting offering sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the town centre.

We are proud to offer a menu that is brimming with simple, honest and flavoursome dishes to suit every palate and occasion. Diners are truly in for a treat at Poppy's.