Tymperleys Restaurant Tearoom in Colchester – 01206 765034

Once home to William Gilberd, scientist and physician to Elizabeth I, Tymperleys has been turned into a Restaurant Tearoom by the Charrington family who also own Layer Marney Tower.

Closed through Lockdown 3, it will really come into its own as spring comes.

There is a lovely big walled garden for you to enjoy meeting your friends over a cup of coffee, glass of wine or a meal

Set in its own walled garden Tymperleys is a tranquil corner right in the town centre. It is reached down a little alleyway off Trinity Street.

There are private rooms available for business lunches, events or private dining and afternoon tea available in Colchester.

To make a booking call Tymperleys directly on 01206 765034.

Restaurant Tearoom

Open 7 days a week

Tymperleys is a beautiful Tudor merchant’s house set within a walled garden: an oasis of calm in the centre of Colchester. It has now opened as a Restaurant Tearoom where afternoon tea or a tasty lunch with a glass of wine can be had.

Open 7 days a week, from 10am – 5pm, Tymperleys serves a select, seasonal menu which changes weekly as well as cakes, cream teas and treats along with delicious coffees and loose leaf teas. There is a fine selection of wines and champagnes supplied by a local wine merchant that can be bought by the glass or the bottle. The food will also be locally sourced and all cooked on site.

Opening Times

Open daily

Monday – Sunday
10am – 5pm

Venue Hire

Hiring Tymperleys

Tymperleys is also available for private hire. Whatever your event, Tymperleys is a lovely place to hold it. With picturesque garden and beautiful rooms you can be certain that there is nothing quite like it anywhere else in Colchester.

If you need a bigger dining room for a family celebration, are a group looking for somewhere for a special occasion or a company wanting an interesting venue to help you stand out, Tymperleys can be hired daytime or evening. There are various rooms available for exclusive use and the garden is closed to the public from 5pm onwards. Our chef and cake maker can prepare something special for your event. It could be a Tymperleys afternoon tea and sandwiches or a cream tea served in all its glory or a sit down dinner with specially chosen wines.

Contact Tymperleys via email or telephone 01206 765034 if you would like to make an enquiry.

About Tymperleys


The building, started in the 1490s, derives its name from John Tymperleys (d.1505) who served as a councillor and steward of the Duke of Norfolk’s holdings in Colchester and the surrounding area. Built as a town house, reflecting it owner’s importance, it was expanded considerably in the late 16th century. This was around the time that William Gilberd, physician to Elizabeth I, owned it. William Gilberd was also the scientist who coined the term ‘electricity’ and wrote the famous thesis ‘De Magnete’.

An exterior staircase was added in the 1680s to the substantial house. Over time it has been split up into multiple residences although old doorways, now filled in, can still be seen. It was re faced, reorganised and altered over the centuries but brought to its current look by Bernard Mason in the late 1950s. Bernard Mason was a local Colchester businessman and philanthropist who collected an amazing array of Colchester-made clocks and watches dating from 1640 onwards. He bequeathed this collection and the house to the people of Colchester and in 1987 it opened as the Tymperleys Clock Museum.

The Layer Marney Tower Connection

Tymperleys was bought from Colchester Borough Council in December 2013 by Nicholas and Sheila Charrington. It had been Colchester’s Clock Museum since 1987 but closed in 2010. The Charringtons have been busy refurbishing and equipping it to become a Restaurant and Tea Room. It opened for its first customers in May 2014.


Trinity Street

01206 765034