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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Yumchaa


Yumchaa tea shop is a great place to get a half hour timeout from work. It’s all very calming, open, spacious and relaxed. Yumchaa has a couple of branches in London and they also run tea stalls in six different markets. Their whole ethos is about great quality tea (something a hardened PG tips drinker like me probably needs a lesson in). Their shops are geared towards opening your mind up to the variety of teas on offer, and most importantly enjoying them loose leafed instead of in a bag (woops).


Their website is pretty cool. The design is loose, informal and full of character. You can get a history lesson in tea, discover the route of their brand name and purchase different leaf blends according to what particular mood you are in. Now, I consider myself a massive tea drinker (easily consuming at least five cups per day) and yet when I erm, leafed through their menu I found myself stumped and hurriedly ordered a safe breakfast tea. Perhaps they need to work on tea-ing (sorry) people up to make a more adventurous decision.




They also sell cake. There were a couple of out-of-place-looking wraps and baguettes, but I felt it would have been wrong to go savoury. A shop devoted entirely to tea (hot and iced) and cake is clearly the novelty here, so I went along with it.

 









I selected myself the largest slice of chocolate velvet cake to go with my brew and found an extremely comfy seat to sink into with my Kindle. My cake was delicious, moist and just the right side of bitter from the dark cocoa. The ritual of using the tea strainer and pot is one I love and the tea was clean, crisp and refreshing. 







It felt a bit wrong being there at lunch time though, because it’s just not a lunch menu. With so many cafés, restaurants and other coffee shops nearby offering more, having a couple of paninis as the lunch option just isn’t enough to bring me back again. I suspect this place will remain a favourite for quick and informal afternoon meetings, a spot of high tea for tourists, or confused locals like me looking for a spot to grab lunch.
 

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