New Group Steps Forward to Save Tea Rooms

After months of discussions and negotiations behind the scenes, a new group has stepped forward with plans to secure a much needed replacement for the well-loved but derelict tea rooms in Belper’s River Gardens.

The Belper Tearooms Association was created by a number of community organisations, residents and others, to look at finally replacing the old Swiss-style tea rooms (first built 110 years ago), taking into consideration design, sustainability and possible funding.

The ‘Swiss Tea Cottage’ at the north end of the gardens was built in 1906. It is the last major original building in the gardens, after the Pavillion, used for dances, concerts and public functions, was demolished in 1965.

In recent years the Tea Rooms have been neglected and unused.

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This week the Association heard that site owner Amber Valley Borough Council is willing to work in partnership with them, to get the work done. Spokesman Trevor Griffin said: “That’s great news for us, and means we can move forward in establishing ourselves in a more formal way. It allows this project to go forward in a way we believe will meet the wishes of the people who will use it.

“The public have waited a long time for the tearooms, and we cannot wait to get started on looking at a new more cost effective design, and raising the funds to get it built.”

The Association will be consulting with the public and anyone who wishes to be involved can contact Trevor on 01773 821920.

At this stage they are particularly interested in finding volunteers to help with this project who have marketing, legal or engineering experience, but any support – even a donation – will be welcomed.


2 thoughts on “New Group Steps Forward to Save Tea Rooms

  • 7th February 2016 at 11:39 pm

    My architectural company can offer its services for free to redesign the tea rooms.
    Our website is
    We have been going over 15 years and have won a few awards.
    Most of our work is in Amber Valley and on a personal note, I led a campaign to get Charles Stone VC’s grave restored in Belper cemetery successfully and am very passionate about Belper’s history.

  • 14th February 2016 at 4:27 pm

    While Belper Town Council has committed to £100,00 for the project, Amber Valley Council has committed no funding, only ‘support’. As the owner of the River Gardens the Council has been sitting on this problem for many years and as yet shows no sign of putting in the resources needed.

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