The story behind Tea at Maria’s Cafe

This cafe, originally known as The Harlequin Cafe, has been on the A 52 since 1950, maybe you remember it? It was once the largest transport cafe on the A52 and served lorry-drivers and the local community with traditional meals and snacks until the end of the 1980s. Since then the building was briefly a tool and hardware shop and then a display window for a local Bingham curtain and blind store. It was empty for many years after that until Maria sprinkled her magic dust on this rather unloved building on the edge of the popular village of Radcliffe on Trent and created Tea at Maria’s cafe and tea rooms.

We love hearing the stories from the many people who have visited here in the past. If you have a story or any pictures to share the former Harlequin Cafe, we would love to hear from you.

TripAdvisor Reviews

“Excellent place! Keep going back here again and again. Great food. Great service – Always smiling and welcoming and good value. Specials are always good too.”TRIPADVISOR REVIEW
“Everything’s home made with love and care. Maria’s always got a wide smile to greet you and consistently lovely food.”TripAdvisor review

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