Chez Shamwari, Saltaire’s First Secret Bistro and Tea Room

A unique and delicious afternoon tea experience and a very warm welcome awaits you in one of the delightful period Saltaire houses. 

The venue is in cosy and intimate surroundings of the World Heritage Site but the exact location is only revealed on a ‘need to know’ basis.  So if you are looking for Chez Shamwari on the high street, you won’t find it!  Shirley is your host a Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef and the founder of Saltaire’s one and only secret tea room, Chez Shamwari.


Shirley born in Zimbabwe says: “The word “shamwari” in Shona (the predominant language of the indigenous Mashona people of Zimbabwe) means ‘friend’ and has special meaning to me, having grown up with it as a term of endearment. The literal translation of ‘Chez Shamwari’ would be “at my friend’s house”.  There is something very sociable and special about sitting down at a table to share food; it presents the opportunity to make new, and consolidate old, friendships.  So Chez Shamwari conjured up for me the very epitomy of this.  While my guests may arrive as strangers to each other, I would hope that they will leave as friends.”


At Chez Shamwari 6 guests are seated at the same table. This adds to the unique experience of the cosy and intimate venue where you will be sitting next to other guests who you are unlikely to know. However, no sooner is the tea brewed, everyone is very relaxed and there’s plenty of chatter and laughter. By the end of the event, email addresses have been exchanged and friendships formed.

“Over the 7 years since its inception, I am humbled to say I have lost count of the number of times my guests have said it’s been the best afternoon tea they’ve ever had.” Says Shirley.

Take a look at the previous menus on the Chez Shamwari  website or here’s an example of what you could savour:


If you would like to experience afternoon teas at Chez Shamwari, details, bookings, opening hours (events) are published on the website.

For more information : – Email:  info(at)chezshamwari(dot)com

Social Media: Twitter: @chezshamwari  Instagram: chezshamwari  Facebook:  ChezShamwari

Chez Shamwari Food Hygiene Rating of 5 (Very Good) by Bradford Metropolitan District Council.