The Tearoom Story

The beginning of Jervaulx Abbey Tearooms 

In 1993 Carol and Ian repurchased part of the estate that had been sold of after Major Burdon, Ian’s father, passed away.  A old green house and apple stores was to become the tearoom complex, which was in a totally run down state, they set too to create a area of relaxation and replenishment for the Abbeys Visitors, opening Jervaulx Abbey Tearooms in 1994.   A great spot for our visitors, walkers and the weary traveller, visitors come from far and wide to sample our delights.

Carol always wanted to have a tearoom and bake her own cakes, after 15 years of building the business and raising their two children, Gayle and Anna.  Ian and carol were delighted when youngest daughter, Anna, decided to leave education and to carry on the family business with Carol in 2010.


Specializing in cakes from the beginning, from the traditional to the modern, even our own creations have won the hearts of many who come through our doors, with a choice of some six to twelve different flavours daily.  All our cakes and scones are baked by Anna and all the pastries are baked by Carol recipe collection exceeds 100.  Carol spent along time developing a range of free from and vegan cakes, with a great selection available daily and also winning Deliciously Yorkshire best free from product in 2017 with our Raspberry and Almond GF and DF cake.

Together we now produce as much as we can on the premises, all food is cooked to order to ensure freshness, we source ingredients locally and Yorkshire based, developing our own range of pickles along the way, piccalilli and beetroot relish amongst the favourites, which we sell in our food hall and serve on the menu.


Eldest daughter, Gayle, who was living in York made a disicion with her partner Alan to return home to Jervaulx, in 2014, and join the expanding Tearooms.  Gayle has started learning sugar craft in 2014, so brought her skills to Jervaulx, during 2015 is became clear that Gayle’s passion for sugar craft was growing and ‘Where the Ribbon Ends’ was born.

From 2015-2018 we served our award winning afternoon tea within the Chapter House room but ended serving these at the end of 2018.  Through 2018 we made the discison to turn the extra seating area into a cake studio for Where the Ribbon Ends, which was going from strength to strength. Winning multiple awards throughout 2017 and 2018 we went onto win the national award with the wedding industry award for wedding cake decorator.   We have a stunning display of our cakes to view daily.


Keeping to our family ethos to support local, small and family businesses we continue to provide a true taste of Yorkshire from our family to yours.  2019 is our 25th year of opening the Tearooms and we created our very own recipe book ‘in their footsteps’ to celebrate 25 years of baking here at Jervaulx.  A lovely tale of Jervaulx past including our contribution is at the start, then up to 50 of our recipes, from cakes and pastries to scones and pickles.  A great section of free from cakes too.  It’s a perfect pick up present or reminder of your visit, also available to post.