The Tea Junction
tea room at Hulme End
The Tea Junction is open....
Feb - weekends only 10am to 4pm
March - Tues to Sunday 10am to 4pm
April to Sept - Tues to Sunday 10am to 5pm
Oct - Tues to Sunday 10am to 4pm
Nov - weekends only 10am to 4pm
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Hulme End is a delightful hamlet in North Staffordshire in the beautiful Peak District National Park. The Hulme End Tea Junction - Tea Rooms - opened on 1st August 2009, offering a selection of food and drinks to be consumed on the premises, and there is also a picnic area for those visitors catering for themselves. The dishes on offer in the Tea Junction are all home-made using, wherever possible, local produce.
Open six days a week 10-4pm Tuesday to Sunday March and October, 10-5pm Tuesday to Sunday from April to September and weekends in other months 10-4pm(closed December and January), making the Tea Junction the perfect spot to eat out in the Peak District – whether walking, driving or cycling.
Staffordshire and Derbyshire comprise many picturesque villages and beauty spots with well used public footpaths connecting them. Hulme End is only 1½ miles from Hartington, which is situated over the border in Derbyshire and is known for its famous Cheese Shop. Visitors to the area 100 years ago would have seen the Manifold Valley Light Railway in operation, steaming through the Manifold Valley from one end to the other, Waterhouses to Hulme End. The Hulme End Tea Junction is housed in the sympathetically refurbished old engine shed, recently completed using the original roof arches.
The proprietor of the Tea Junction, Rebecca Simcock, was brought up in this area, living close to Swainsley tunnel, and now lives in Leek where she runs her outside catering business Katherine Simcock Catering.
Gifts on offer in the Tea Junction are locally made and include pottery from Burslem in Staffordshire and Artisan sweet and savoury biscuits from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Also a selection of preserves and jams made nearby in Nottinghamshire.
Adjacent to the Tea Junction is the Hulme End Visitor Centre - the original ticket office and waiting room for the Manifold Valley Light Railway, which now houses railway books and books of local interest, railway artefacts, some gift items, and much information about the area.
Hulme End also boasts a thriving local grocery store and the Manifold Valley Hotel - until recently the Light Railway Hotel – offering accommodation and refreshment.
In 2004 Rebecca took part in a cycle ride to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Manifold Valley Light Railway, a 24-mile trip to Waterhouses and back starting from Hulme End and, for the outward journey, using the roads which existed at the time of the railway’s construction between 1902 and 1904. Needless to say, the 8-mile return journey along the track was much easier than the preceding 16 and it seems that the Peak District is called that for good reason!