Back in 1997, Jean Leckenby and Tony Cunningham opened a specialist Chocolate shop in Bury’s Millgate Shopping Centre under the name of “Chocoholics”. Within a few months a gap was spotted and it was decided to add an up-market Tea Room to complement the shop. The popularity of the Tea Room far exceeded expectations, and it was extended, making Jean and Tony caterers instead of the expected chocolate retailers! At this time, daughter Melanie joined, making this a true “family business” We won our first award when we received the “Roy Castle Gold Award” for operating a totally smoke-free Tea Room (This may seem strange now, but in those days, many eating establishments accepted smoking – we had decided that good quality food and drink deserved better than a smoky atmosphere) The quality of our food and drink has always been important. We have tried to source products locally wherever possible and we will never deviate from our principles that top quality food and drink is an essential part of our business. We are very proud of the fact that we are renowned for our excellent customer service. To reflect this, we were delighted to receive the prestigious “Lancashire Life Readers’ Choice Award” for 2008/09, recognition for all the hard work put in over the years to build our reputation. We then won another accolade when we scooped the “Lancashire Life Cafe Society Award” for 2009/10.
To reflect the fact that our main business was now that of a Tea Room, we decided to re-brand away from the slightly misleading “Chocoholics” and in 2009 adopted Jean’s name for the business, now known as “Leckenby’s Tea Room”.
More awards were received during 2013 and 2014 from the “Best of…..” organisation, beating many other Tea Rooms both locally and from around the country. We also received Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence for 2014, 2015 and 2016. So relax and enjoy being waited on and sampling what, we hope you will agree, is fine food and drink in a pleasant atmosphere. Thank you for calling....we hope to see you again soon!