Brew Ha Ha
Forget coffee culture, tea is hot again, writes Alice Whitehead. Move over Devon: the crème de la cream teas are in the North.[list] [li]
Where: T42, 58 High Street, Manchester
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
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
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
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!”
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
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
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
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