River Tea Rooms is located in reputably the oldest building in St Ives. In 1869, the Manor House was home to Wadsworth's Mineral Water Manufacturers. The bottling business expanded and by the turn of the century there were other depots around Cambridgeshire. The bottling factory in Manor Mews, St Ives moved into the wines and spirits market in 1970's. Since then Manor Mews has been home to a dress shop, a Cheese Shop, Sedges Tea Rooms and now River Tea Rooms.
This is a legally protected building of historic significance - listed listed Grade 2* by English Heritage
In summer you will not go far wrong with a pot of tea and a freshly made fruit scone with jam and clotted cream at the River Tea Rooms but in the winter treat yourself to a large mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and a toasted cheese sandwich. While your there you can while away a few minutes watching the ducks and swans go by on the River Great Ouse occasionally interrupted by the passage of a motor launch or river barge.
As you can see from the picture above the premises, locally known as the Manor House, are vary old indeed and is one of the important listed buildings in St Ives being built around 1616 and still retains much of its original fittings.
Extract taken from www.stives-town.info