Welcome to Realitea


Welcome to Realitea, the tea room and indian bistro with a twist. Located in the historic city of Ripon in North Yorkshire. From lattes and cappuccinos to hot melted chocolate and premium teas, our stimulating (literally) beverages are the ideal way to start the morning, or help make it through the afternoon. Complement your beverage with an indulgent afternoon tea or a variety of baked goods from ourselves or top local suppliers.

At various times in the month we open our doors in the evening to host Indian Tapas Nights. Equivalent to a tasting menu, we prepare over a dozen carefully selected flavour-packed dishes, served over five courses, with the opportunity to bring your own drink - always a sellout!

Realitea Tea Room by Day

Real Tea, Coffee & Cake

  • Selected premium teas
  • Great tasting coffee
  • Secure cycle parking
  • Flavour-packed food
  • Homemade cakes & tarts
  • Gluten-free food
  • Unique food offerings
  • Friendly & attentive staff

Realitea Indian Bistro by Night

Real Indian Cooking

  • Over a dozen dishes
  • Street food starters
  • Intimate gathering
  • Approx 70% vegetarian
  • Palate cleansing dessert
  • Home Cooked Mains
  • Bring Your Own Alcohol
  • Try Indian Sweet-meats

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We like to think we offer something a little different from the high street international corporate brands - similar high quality but with a more personal touch
So if you enjoy a warm welcome in friendly surroundings, and like great tea, coffee and cakes then please come along and see what we have to offer

  • Retail
  • Takeaway
  • Outside Catering
  • Hire Realitea

We are now selling retail packs of our delicious teas (Berry Berry, Buckingham Palace, Masala Chai etc.), fantastic Marimba Hot Chocolate Melts and some gluten-free biscuit packs.

Over the next couple of months we will be adding more to the range. So if you like a particular beverage, please ask if its available in retail form.

We offer a full takeaway food and drink service.

So if you are stuck for time then please call in to grab your favourite coffee and breakfast roll, sandwich or cake. If you call us before we can have most items ready to be collected - please ask

Whether you have something in mind or are seeking inspiration for your event, our talented team can bring exciting ideas to your table.
Our team is able to produce a wide range of menus to suit both your budget and occasion whether it be corporate, private dining, weddings or simply a sandwich lunch delivered to your office
Our philosophy is a simple one: when you can't come to our place, we bring the best of everything to yours - and set it all up for you. Food. Plates. Utensils. Everything, except alcohol. The only thing you need do is enjoy a freshly-made feast with family, friends or co-workers.
NOW AVAILABLE - COME IN TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS

You can now host your own private party at Realitea -we provide the food, you provide the drink. For example: we can do a Mini Tapas Night for you which mirrors our monthly event. Perfect for extended family gatherings, birthday parties etc. Min 16 people.
NOW AVAILABLE - COME IN TO DISCUSS YOUR REQUIREMENTS & PRICING

Summer Opening Times **

Our Summer season runs through to Autumn when Realitea Opening Times will be amended

MONDAY 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
TUESDAY 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WEDNESDAY 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
THURSDAY 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
FRIDAY 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SATURDAY 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SUNDAY 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

** All timings are approximate and are subject to change without prior notice.

PLEASE NOTE that during Christmas, New Year, Easter & public holdiays opening days may differ. Please call or email for information before travelling any distance

Dietary Considerations

We aim to cater for all so if you have an allergy or dietary consideration then please ask and we will endeavour to meet your requirements - we may have to pop out for some items though !!
We already offer vegetarian and some gluten-free dishes on our regular menu and over the coming months we will be extending the selection.
We have a checklist of allergens for all of our dishes so if you are unsure of any ingredients please ask and we will run through it with you

Supporting Local Businesses

Yorkshire is renowned for the quality of its raw produce, be it meat, dairy or vegetable. Wherever possible we source our produce locally.
Our delicious Ripon sausages come from Marleys Butchers just down the street, and selected bakery items come from the good folk at Bedale Community Bakery. Your favourite cakes including Coffee & Walnut and Bakewell Tart are baked in-house by Margaret, our resident 'Queen of Cakes'.

Afternoon Teas


Afternoon Tea is a light meal composed of delicately cut finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, pastries and cakes, served with tea. It was introduced in Britain in the 1840s as part of a private social event designed to stem the hunger pangs of ladies waiting for the main evening meal. Once Queen Victoria adopted and formalised the practice, the concept of Afternoon Tea as we now know it was born.

Until recently, Afternoon Tea had become regarded as an occasional indulgence or solely for a special occasion. It is now enjoying a renaissance, seen as a pleasant diversion from the constant whirlwind demands of modern life.

Enjoy traditional finger and open sandwiches with a mix of fillings accompanied by scrummy cakes and sponges. For those seeking a little adventure we have our Afternoon Teas with an Indian twist. Try tasty morsels of street food found in the bazaars of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, samosa and pakoras served with delicious chutneys and Indian Masala Chai blended by our tea guru Mr Ratan Mondal.


As the individual elements of these dishes take time to prepare, advanced booking (of at least 24 hours)
is required for the Afternoon Tea and British Raj High Tea

Afternoon Tea

£21 for two
Pre-booking essential

We are reintroducing a tradition that has largely been forgotten in the frantic pace of modern living. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon break of finger sandwiches, dainty cakes and delicious nibbles lovingly created and presented with your choice of one of our premium Darjeeling or Assam teas.

British Raj High Tea

£24.00 for two
Pre-booking essential

Our little nod to the past.
A loose recreation of the afternoon teas enjoyed by the English during the days of the Raj. Finest finger sandwiches, cakes and a selection of Indian savouries and sweets accompanied by masala chai or your choice of premium tea. Truly an adventurous treat!

Contact Us


  • Realitea - Tea Room & Espresso Bar
    84 North Street
    Ripon
    North Yorkshire HG4 1DP
  • 01765 609887
  • info@riponrealitea.co.uk