Criteria for ranking or reviewing tearooms
(ALL languages accepted):
- types of tea
- fair trade tea available
- only dry tea sold, no place to taste test or sit and relax with a cuppa
- accompanying food
- do they cater for food allergies or intolerances?
- BGM (background music), general ambience (noisy/ peaceful)
- internet facilities
- nearest place of interest
- reading material supplied
- repeat clientele/ regulars
- The United Kingdom Tea Council Ltd 9 The Courtyard, Gowan Ave, London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7371 7787 / tea.co.uk
- Tea and Coffee Museum
- Luk Yu in Stanley st is an upscale teahouse with wooden booths and fittings from the 1930s. The walls are decorated with stained glass murals and massive framed scroll paintings.
- The Man Wah Restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental has an extensive tea menu featuring 15 of China's best teas.
- Kowloon Shangri-la's Shang Palace Chinese Restaurant
- The Lobby Lounge of JW Marriott Hotel
- Hotel Nikko offers afternoon Tea Buffet with an extensive menu often changed.
- There are still a lot of Chinese teahouses along Des Voeux Rd in Central Hong Kong, and Hankow Rd in Kowloon.
Scotland : Glasgow
- Tearooms in Scotland
- The Buchanan Street Tearoom, 97 Buchanan Street; 44 0141 204 5242
Opened by Catherine Cranston in the 1870s and decorated by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
- Willow Tea Rooms 217 Sauchiehall Street; 44 0141 332 0521
- Tearooms in the USA
- Tearooms in the USA
- Tea Cellar, Park Hyatt Washington. Teas from 50 single-estate tea gardens in Asia.
- the Imperial Tea Court, San Francisco
- Literati Café Brentwood, California
- New York tearooms
- NY Times
- The Tea Gallery, New York
- Then there are the special-event teas like the annual Valentine Tea at the NEW CANAAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY in New Canaan (13 Oenoke Ridge; 203-966-1776). On Thursday of this week, from 2 to 4 p.m., assorted tea sandwiches, home-made cookies and brewed loose tea will be offered guests at a $5 charge for non-members. Reservations are recommended.
- Art Teas, at $10 each, have been a draw at the BRUCE MUSEUM in Greenwich (1 Museum Drive; 203-869-6786). The series includes lecture, tea and gallery tour. Each art tea begins at 1:30 p.m. with the lecture; then at 2:30 there is tea and at 3 the gallery tour. Reservations are recommended.
- Sundial Gardens in Higganum (59 Hidden Lake Road; 860-345-4290), all kinds of rare loose teas are available in the shop.
- Exhibition Cafe at the MATTATUCK MUSEUM in Waterbury (144 West Main Street; 203-7532452) serves excellent tea in a 16-ounce steeping pot (at $3.50) from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To nibble with your tea, try one of the sweets made on the cafe's premises, such as a chocolate truffle kiss, almond pate, meringue, biscotti or lemon-scented bread pudding. The cafe also serves lunch. The tea selection, from Serendipitea in Ridgefield, ranges from Earl Grey and Darjeeling to Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls from China, black Colonille from Vietnam, pan-fired green Dragon's Well and a nutty green tea from Japan called Bancha Hojicha.
- Mrs. White's Tearoom in Woodbury (308 Sherman Hill Road; 203-263-6022) epitomizes a Victorian cottage, where one can indulge in a traditional tea with scones, butter and jam, tea sandwiches, carrot salad, fresh fruit and pastries (which usually include lemon curd) as well as a choice of 25 varieties of teas, brewed in an individual English porcelain teapot. The cost: $15.95 a person. Reservations 24 hours ahead are essential as there are just 10 tables in the quaint place. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Breakfast and lunch are also served by reservation.
- One of our favorite afternoon tearooms is Chaiwalla in Salisbury (1 Main Street; 860-435-9758), but it is closed for repairs, to re-open April 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A wide selection of aromatic teas, imported directly by Chaiwalla from all over the world, is served all day, accompanied by some truly delectable house-made desserts, such as whisky cake, chocolate devil's food cake or fresh berry cobblers. There are also lunch entrees, like the melt-in-mouth tomato-cheese-basil pie. The setting in an old house is casual and pleasant, with window seat, cozy corner tables and the flavor of a tearoom of yesteryear. Tea prices run from $1.50 a cup to $6.75 for a pot of the most expensive Indian scented chai. (No credit cards accepted.)
- Caprilands Herb Farm in Coventry (534 Silver Street; 860-742-7244), long noted for its teas, herb lunches and lectures, restricts its serving activities from May through Christmas week (though its gardens and shop are open year-round). A tea is held every Sunday in season at 2 p.m. For $12, one is served herbal breads, tea sandwiches, canapes, soup, salad, cakes and Caprilands blend of herb tea. Lunches are offered Friday and Saturday. Reservations for both tea and lunch are essential.
- The Palm Court at the NORWICH INN in Norwich (Route 32; 860-886-2401) is a serene setting for a formal English tea at $15.95, replete with canapes and pastries, served daily except Sunday, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alas, in such a handsome locale, we expected more than tea bags.
- The comfortable library of the Mayflower Inn in Washington Depot (Route 47; 860-868-9466) is a welcome backdrop, complete with toasty wood-burning fireplace, for an order of tea and plate of house-made cookies, not a formal afternoon tea. But again, for purists, the tea bags are inappropriate.
- Tea and exquisite pastries, signatures of VERSAILLES in Greenwich (315 Greenwich Avenue; 203-661-6634) are available all day. But be forewarned, the tea is the bag variety.
- Saint's Alp Teahouse: Manhattan/East Village, 39 3rd Ave (between 10th St & 2nd Ave) New York, NY 10003, (212) 598-1890 Saint Alps is a popular Teahouse chain in Hong Kong and Southern China and two in the United States (NY and Chicago). Selling Taiwanese bubble tea.
- Beverly Hills, Sona pastry chef Michelle Myers recently opened Boule, her version of a Parisian tea salon and patisserie.
- Alhambra, we study the tea menu at the newest branch of the Tea Station, a modern Chinese tea house chain that started eight years ago in San Gabriel and may expand to 15 locations in California this year.
- The Crystal Court Room, open 7 days 3-5pm for high tea. Smart casual no jeans. Palace of the lost city: www.suninternational.co.za 2 hours drive out of Johanesburg. They use teabags! 110 rand per head (aprox $20AUD)
ACT Australian Capital Territory
- AdoreTea, Federation Square One, O'Hanlon Street, Nicholls 2913. Tel: 02 6160 8842
- The Tea Centre, Canberra Centre, Shop CL12, Canberra City 2601. Tel: 02 6247 6149
- Sydney, The Rocks: The Globe Bar in Observatory Hotel, afternoon tea daily from 2:30 - 5pm, seving their own blends of tea with attendant Tea Masters. They also offer Mystic Afternoon Teas with personalised Teaf-leaf reading. +612-2-9256-2215
- The Tea house at the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour near Chinatown serves a small range of traditional Chinese teas and other refreshments, and gives visitors the opportunity to sit and view the beautiful gardens and even dress up in period Chinese costumes.
- Quali-tea - Sells a large range of quality dry teas and teapots - nowhere to sit and sip. Tony Kwok Shop 12 Ground floor, The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George st Sydney 2000, 02 9222 1577, 0431 542 488
- The Tea house at the The Glasshouse. Nice place to sit and drink a huge range of teas. 146 Pitt St Mall, Sydney (upstairs) 02 9223 9909
- Cairns: Specialteas of Cairns, 46 Spence st, 07 4052 1313. They sell over 70 loose leaf teas from China, Japan, India, Ceylon as well as Australian grown blends, plus many many herbal teas. You cannot drink the tea on the premises. The Proprietor, Nickie Thiedecke will bring High Tea to YOUR place, supplying all the crockery and table cloths etc as well as cucumber sandwiches and cakes, but no catering for food allergies.
- Daintree Tea, PMB 15 Mossman QLD 4873, 07-4098-9139
- Maryborough: The Port Residence licensed Restaurant. This is NOT a tearoom, but it does offer an interesting morning tea experience "Tea with Mary" which includes a personalise guided walk around the historic Portside precinct of this riverside township, on the coast of QLD a few hours drive north of Brisbane. +61-7-4123-5001. The friendly proprietor, Gail Endres, is happy to cook for dietary needs such as gluten or lactose free etc. Wharf st Maryborough.
- Sandringham Cuppa Cottage (Melbourne)
- Box Hill: Serenity Teahouse. Australia Importer of Tea, specialising in Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong and Green Teas 2F 566 Station Street, Box Hill, VIC 3128. Tel: 03-9898 8138 Difficult to find, down a narrow passageway and up stairs. Many teas to choose from. Candy Chang is happy to give you a tasting of her teas before you buy. Not cheap, but big range.
- Elmstock Tea
- Green Tea House (Perth) Japanese Green Tea - specialty shop, 17/ 375 Hay st Subiaco. Premium green tea direct from Kyoto. 08 9388 7245
- Its More Than a Sip
5-7 Palmerston st Northbridge Perth 6003, 08 9328 8178
- Jolon House (Belmont) Green, white, and oolong teas and tea wares. Free tea tastings available. Proprietor: Teng Wang, Shop 82/1, Belmont Forum Shopping Centre, Belmont (08) 9277 8588
- Jolon House (Subiaco) Unit 1, 513 Hay Street (building in between Oriels and KFC) Subiaco
resivest.co.uk / wanderinggourmet.net
- Leaf Tea merchants
60 Walcott st, Mt Lawley 6050, 08 9471 1105
- Necessiteas Tea Merchant & Accessories
Lot 24 Jarrahdale Road, Jarrahdale WA 6124, 08 9525 5456 / 0427 777 453
- The Merchant Tea & Coffee Co (Fremantle). sells a wide range of quality dry tea and serves loose leaf teas in pots and plungers to drink with a range of yummy cakes and sweets.
- the Old Bakery
42 Eighth Ave, Maylands WA, 08 9370 3308
PATAGONIA: Welsh Tea Rooms in Gaiman
- Plas y Coed, Gaiman - M. D. Jones 123-9105 Tel: 49-1133
- Ty Te Caerdydd, Finca 202 - Gaiman Tel: 49-1510 Fax: 49-1053
- Ty Nain casa de Te y Museo, H. Yrigoyen 283 - Gaiman Tel: 49-1126
- Ty Gwyn, 9 de Julio 111- Gaiman Tel: 49-1009
- Ty Cymraeg, Abraham Mathews 74 - Gaiman Tel: 49-1010 Gaiman, H. Yrigoyen 738 - Gaiman Cel: 02965-15-686268
- Hemlock tearoom, 56 Phra Athit Rd (02) 2827 507.
A huge range of leaf teas for sale and to be drunk in the shop, including many teas from Nepal, masala teas, Bhutan butter tea and several fruit tea blends, served in beautiful teapots and china cups and saucers. A piano is there for any guests to play. Open from 4pm.