We had them on our list to visit on our very first Tea Tour, but - delayed by bottomless teapots! - we realised we wouldn't make it before they closed. And then - unforgivably - we forgot about them for two years!
Then this week J pointed us to their website and the evening preview event they were holding for their range of Christmas goods. A handful of us were free, so: brief, impromptu Tea Tour!
As the name suggests, the tearoom is located in part of the old brewery, which easily sets the stage for a real vintage feel. We weren't there for very long, and it was rather busy, so I only managed to snap a few quick pictures. But if you take a look at the gallery on their website you'll see that it's just as cute inside as it is out.
They have an excellent range of loose-leaf teas and tisanes, which come served in a pot with a large infuser (very important, as otherwise you may as well use a teabag!). The cups are pretty and delicate, which for me always enhances the tea experience. I went for a Ginger and Peach tisane which was very enjoyable. The first cup, lightly brewed, was delicately peach-flavoured, but the second cup, brewed for much longer, had a good ginger kick to it, with peach undertones. I also ordered a cheese scone, which was served deliciously hot with cream cheese and cucumber.
As this was a special event, the tearoom was serving complimentary canapes and mulled wine, and I was pleasantly surprised to be offered vegetarian options on every plate, as well as the option of hot spiced apple juice instead of mulled wine.
The staff were smiling and friendly, and could answer our questions about their food and drink without hesitation. The event was fun (I bought a couple of Christmas presents) but the tearoom itself was splendid, and I can't wait to go back once we have the whole group of Tea Ladies together.