Our Shop


Samovar Tea House is at 23 Forehill, Ely – right opposite the Royal Standard pub and next door to Cutlacks.

We’re open from 9am – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm Sundays. (Closed Mondays).

Come and visit us and enjoy a unique café experience in Ely. We have a range of nearly 200 different teas from all over the world, many of which are exclusive blends that we’ve created here at Samovar. You can browse our special Tea Menu, read about our blends, and ask our staff for recommendations. We sell most of our teas loose too so you can continue your Samovar Tea House experience once you get home!

Alongside our teas, we’ve got plenty of delicious coffees, locally-roasted and fair trade, which we serve at Samovar or to take away, and soon (due to popular demand) our coffee will be available to buy in bags too. To be honest, we drink just as much coffee as we do tea!

We have an extensive food menu which always includes lots of vegetarian, gluten-free and some vegan options too. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack, or a filling lunch, try our special filled bagels, sandwiches, toasted paninis, seasonal soups, or one of our many delicious cakes (which now have quite a dedicated fanbase!) baked right here at Samovar.


As well as food and drink, we’ve got lots of beautiful tea accessories and gifts in store! Come and browse our lovely glassware, ceramic and cast iron teapots, contemporary bone china cups and saucers, locally handmade ceramic mugs, a range of infusers, decorative tins, rare pu-erh tea blocks, and many other tea and coffee-related delights.

Our walls double up as an informal gallery space, where we exhibit a select range of paintings and photographs by talented artists – artworks are available to purchase, just ask our staff for more information 🙂


What is a Samovar?

Samovar (Russian: самовар, IPA: [səmɐˈvar] literally “self-boil”, Persian: Samāvar, Turkish: Semaver)

A Samovar is a heated metal vessel, traditionally used to boil water in and around  Central Europe, South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle-East. It is an invention entirely devoted to the consumption and enjoyment of tea. The large capacity of a Samovar gives special emphasis to tea drinking being a communal and social activity. Traditionally a Samovar contains an inner pipe into which solid burning fuel is put, in order to heat up the surrounding water. Usually a small teapot full of concentrated tea is put on top of the Samovar. This is then added to the hot water and consumed. We’re lucky enough to have several beautiful old Samovars in the Tea House for guests to look at!