The Roman Lakes Tea
Rooms and surrounding space can be booked for group visits and
private functions and events. Special public open days and events
are planned throughout the year but please do note outside these
the site remains closed to the general public.
We continue to take bookings for 2022 and beyond.
Please get in touch
to discuss your plans.
Over the past century the Roman Lakes has welcomed hundreds of
thousands of visitors. The Roman Lakes and surrounding valley were
once central to the great enterprise that was Samuel Oldknow's
Mellor Mill. Built in 1792, Mellor mill was once the largest water
mill in Europe and in 1804 five hundred and fifty people worked at
the mill. The Lakes provided water for the mill that was located
within the grounds of what is now known as the Roman Lakes. Mellor
Mill was destroyed by fire in 1892 after which the Roman Lakes was
transformed into a pleasure resort. Hoards of visitors came from the
surrounding towns to go boating on the lakes, play little penny slot
machines, visit the Tea Rooms and take part in quite genteel Tea
The Roman Lakes continues to offer great opportunities to enjoy the
valley’s rich history and ecology and celebrate with family and