Sitting in Betty’s in Harrogate with his wife, Colin Barrell passed comment that ‘this would work well in Taunton’. Beware the throw-away line!
3 years later after selling his McDonald’s franchise, Colin had found the premises and the right business partner. Having decided what would work in Taunton, Colin approached the highly regarded local Tea blenders and Coffee Roasters, D.J. Miles & Co. Ltd. of Porlock, with the idea of opening a Tea Room with them. Mr. Miles opened the doors for business on the 24th of February 2010. Today, Mr Miles Tea Room offers a full breakfast and lunch menu, homemade cakes and afternoon teas as well as a gift shop boasting freshly roasted coffee (roasted on site!) an array of different teas and infusions and ceramics from manufacturers such as Dunoon and Emma Bridgewater.