the tea cottage, bolton abbey

this curious building was formerly part of the tithe barn, three of which are reputed to have stood on ‘the terrace’, bolton abbey. there is now only one tithe barn still standing in the village of bolton abbey, which construction is similar to that of this small building.

the original date of its construction is not known, but it would definitely not have been here during the monastic days (1154-1539). a plan of bolton abbey village, thought to date around 1780, shows this building used as a barn, but it was then converted into two small cottages around 1880. the dividing wall was built immediately beneath the large oak tie beam, thus conveniently dividing the building in two. the addition of dormer windows in the roof space to allow further light in for the bedrooms could only be done above the main purlin, which unfortunately meant that the occupants were unable to see out! one of these has later been enlarged and lowered so that you can enjoy the view from the upstairs room, but the purlin remains as the main constructional component of the building.

these small cottages, with two rooms upstairs and two rooms downstairs were occupied by estate workers until 1977. when they became empty it was obvious that it was not possible to modernise them without destroying the unique character of the property so it was decided to convert the building to a tea room.

the tea cottage opened in april 1979.

my name is artur bialkowski,

i come from poland, love to cook and create good food. my adventure with food started as kitchen leader in the polish army. i decided to look for new challenges in a professional kitchen abroad, which brought me to england five years ago, to start a professional chef career in the past few years i have been cooking in one of the best hotels in ilkey and i then opened the healthy cafe and restaurant filmore and union in ilkley as head chef now as the new chef of the tea cottage at bolton abbey i would like to invite you to come and try some amazing home cooked food and experience the atmosphere that we have created here, in the beautiful surroundings of bolton abbey.


to make a booking

please call us on 01756 710495 or email us at we host a variety of events and parties with full catering services available on request.

a delicious variety of home cooked Yorkshire food and beautiful views from the tea cottage.

we have a superb breakfast menu to choose from including a full English breakfast.

with our wonderful view you can enjoy out exquisite tea and scones overlooking the dales.

each day is different at the tea cottage with an incredible variety of items on the specials board.

every week we offer a “sunday lunch” which consists of a sunday roast and Yorkshire pudding accompanied with cooked vegetables and gravy.

we offer free wifi to all customers inside, just ask at the till for the pass-code.

the tea cottage is situated on level with the ground outside therefore granting easy access for anyone with access needs.