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Favorite Tea houses/shops-UK & Ireland


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Hello- we are developing an index to the best tea houses and tea shops for the eG Coffee and Tea Forum. It will include the best of the UK & Ireland. So, where do you go for a good "steeping".

Also, what do you like about your favorite tea house or tea shop? The ambiance? The service? Do you have a favorite tea at your favorite place?

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Hello-We are developing a"by country" index of the best tea houses /shops around the globe. This  being the case, we need the imput people like you who can share their brilliant insights with us all. So, where do you go for a good "steeping"?

Imperial Tea in Lincoln - http://www.imperialteas.co.uk - it's address is even 47 Steep Hill, Lincoln. Jun Shan Silver Needles available at £80 a 100g.

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I think that a tearoom near my home, in winchcombe (gloucestershire) won some sort of award in the last year to do with best in the UK. Something along those lines anyway, run by an asian origin family i think, but again i cant quite remember the details.

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Bar Bruno, Wardour Street, WC1

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Russel Davies describes it as

"Bar Bruno's been part of the soho furniture for ever. So much so i only recently noticed it. It's a fantastic place, full of soho diversity; the usual tourists and shoppers, media/production people, the traditional craft/building crowd, visitors from old compton street's 'gay village' plus assorted loonies. It's very often crammed, especially behind the counter.

The tea's only 50p which is fantastic for central london. and it's a great brew; blasted from one of those incredible metal and steam constructions, with bits of tea flowing over the side."

You can see his archive of tea houses at his web site 'A good place for a cup of tea and a think' at http://russelldavies.typepad.com/ateaandathink/

Russel manages to describe for us what make the most modest of places so wonderful to visit. He's not so much a fan of modern, chain or grand tea places but rather finds joy in family run businesses, where all manner of quirks that make a place unique bring out the fun of drinking tea in a public place.

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I think that a tearoom near my home, in winchcombe (gloucestershire) won some sort of award in the last year to do with best in the UK. Something along those lines anyway, run by an asian origin family i think, but again i cant quite remember the details.

That would have to be Juri's tearoom.

Would the fact that they are Japanese explain the heading on the web page, "The olde Bakaley Tea Shoppe & Restaurant".

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Tea rooms - for me most important is good selection of teas well prepared.

So in addition to Tea Palace and Yauatcha already mentioned, I would add Tea Smith

http://www.teasmith.co.uk/

outstanding teas!

Another approach is to focuse on the patiserrie etc but I would still want a good level of tea - even if not the highest as in the above three places.

Consider the tea at the Wolsley.

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Tea rooms - for me most important is good selection of teas well prepared.

So in addition to Tea Palace and Yauatcha already mentioned, I would add Tea Smith

http://www.teasmith.co.uk/

outstanding teas!

Another approach is to focuse on the patiserrie etc but I would still want a good level of tea - even if not the highest as in the above three places.

Consider the tea at the Wolsley.

oh, I forgot to mention Postcard Teas!

http://www.postcardteas.com/

ps I was also impressed with "Tea" near St. Paul

http://www.wearetea.com/contact.php

And at the National Portrait Gallery..

Hotel teas are a whole other story... I found the one in Claridge's excellent.

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betty's , yorkshire tea and fat rascals.

www.bettys.co.uk

Though not the main Haggogate or main York ones. The smaller ones are nicer.

Betty's Ilkley is my local (excellent macaroni cheese too). When we got wed, the (not-quite-yet) Mrs drove past and the FoH staff came out to wave at her. We are VERY good customers though.

It no longer exists, but it was lovely.

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