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image for Tea/Coffee Shop item typeThe Batte-Lay Tea Room at The Minories Galleries

Tea/Coffee Shop, free entry

The Batte Lay  - Folly in Garden

The Batte Lay - Folly in Garden


The Batte-Lay Tea Room

01206 765131


The Minories,
74 High Street,


This tranquil tea room is open six days a week, every week of the year except over the Christmas period. With traditional table service and comfortable surroundings you will always be made to feel welcome, and you will enjoy your visit every time.

The Batte-Lay offers a varied menu which includes full English breakfast, ploughman’s, quiche and freshly made sandwiches. Alongside these meals the tea room also serves the very special Tiptree cream tea.

The Batte-Lay tea room is named after Victor Batte-Lay, a local art collector whose widow purchased The Minories in 1956, thus providing a permanent site for collections of art to be displayed in Colchester, encouraging local artists and students to engage with the community. The property dates back to Tudor times and has an unusual Gothic Folly, built in 1830 as a summerhouse.

The Batte-Lay is in Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, just a 2 minute walk from the 11th century Norman castle. The town exudes history, culture and creativity, and has an abundance of shops – quirky and unique boutiques in narrow streets, as well as some of the more familiar retailers found in any large town. Colchester’s writer Jane Taylor wrote ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, her much-loved nursery rhyme in the attic of her home in Stockwell Street in 1806.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening Details

Open all the time

Summer: 09.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Winter: 09.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Monday - Saturday


Free entry



Plan route to The Minories Galleries using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 999252  Lat: 51.88949 Long: 0.90352

By Road:

We are 5 minutes walk from Colchester town train station and Colchester's pedestrian shopping centre and 30 seconds walk from Castle Park.
Coming from either Colchester bus station or Colchester town station follow Queen St towards the Castle Park. Before you get to the Castle Park you will see a side entrance to the Minories which is signed. If coming from the High St please follow the road to end, we are on the right hand side just past the Castle Park.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)