Brew Ha Ha: The Everything Guide to Tea

Nagoya teapot
Nagoya teapot

Brew Ha Ha

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Tea Parlour

Forget coffee culture, tea is hot again, writes Alice Whitehead. Move over Devon: the crème de la cream teas are in the North.

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PLACES

CHAI CHIC
Where: T42, 58 High Street, Manchester
tea42restaurants.com
Why: 28 teas; Champagne cream teas; tea cocktails; gluten-free food.
Best brew: Chamomile Margarita with edible glitter.
(PG) Tips: “A nice cup of tea will cure anything. If it can’t, add some vodka.”

BAGS OF NOSTALGIA
Where: Tea Parlour, 23 Mathew Street, Liverpool
teaparlour.co.uk
Why: Vintage afternoon teas; weekend pianist; plans for a tea cocktail bar.
Best brew: Delicious limited-edition Cloud Tea.
(PG) Tips: “Don’t let your tea leaves stew: you wouldn’t overcook a steak.”

TRENDY TO A TEA
Where: North Tea Power, 31 Tib Street, Manchester northteapower.co.uk
Why: Northern quarter vibe; espresso machine tea; 20 loose leaf blends.
Best brew: Cascara Cherry Tea (made from the husk of the coffee bean).
(PG) Tips: “Warm your teapot before you brew so the water doesn’t cool.”

POT OF GOLD
Where: Oh Me Oh My, West Africa House, Water Street, Liverpool
ohmeohmyliverpool.co.uk
Why: Elegant former bank turned grand tea house (above); sample boxes of loose-leaf teas to choose from tableside.
Best brew: Champagne Cassis Tea.
(PG) Tips: “For stronger tea, add more tea instead of steeping as this releases bitter tannins.”

OFF THE TEA TRAIL 
Where: Gillams Tearooms, Ulverston, Cumbria
gillams-tearoom.co.uk
Why: 50 judiciously sourced organic teas; Telegraph’s ‘Top Ten Places to Dine In the Lakes’.
Best brew: House-blended Chilli Chocolate Chai.
(PG) Tips: “Wean yourself off the tea bag!”

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PRODUCTS

BREW UP
This pungent tea – a nod to Sheffield’s industrial heritage – blends Lapsang Souchong, Darjeeling, apple pieces and safflower.

Kelham Island Tea £3.95, Birdhouse Tea Company, Sheffield
birdhouseteacompany.co.uk

PERFECT POUR
Alison Appleton’s Nagoya was inspired by Japanese minimalism: “My objective was to harmonise traditional materials such as the smooth, matt black clay with a new contemporary, textured glaze,” Appleton says. Alison now makes her own range of deliciously refreshing teas too. Every base covered, you might say.

Teapot, £40, two cup and
saucer set £26
alisonappleton.com

TAKE OUT
Tea for two in the winter sunshine with homemade strawberry jam, biscuits, two own-blend teas and luxury chocolates.

Small Afternoon Tea Hamper £38.95
Annie’s Teashop, Manchester
anniesteashop.com

T-MAIL
Discover what Dragon Kelly Hoppen loved about Phom by signing up to its Tea Club, and get two parcels of tea (plus a surprise treat) every month for six months.

Phom Tea Club £59.99
Phom Teas, Liverpool
phom.co.uk 

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