This intimate basement café is a tea drinkers delight with a treasure trove of brews served to exacting specifications.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Almost a decade since Eteaket founder Erica Moore set out in search of a superior cuppa, the Eteaket tea brand has found legs of its own and supplies stylishly packaged leaves as far afield as Japan. Meanwhile the basement tea shop continues much the same as ever, humbly serving a vast variety of weird and wonderful brews, made to exacting specifications. From the Chocolate Abyss with coconut flakes to chilli rooibos, small pots with pleasing aromas come with a timer to achieve optimum taste. Though tea is predictably the main event, sandwiches and simple smoked salmon or chicken salads are served in generous portions too. The cakes are homemade with multiple gluten and dairy-free options and some inventive combinations: from pear, parsnip, pecan and ginger to courgette, mint and lime. Afternoon tea can also be enlivened with a range of tea-themed cocktails, including an iced chai White Russian .
- High point: A treasure trove of teas to explore
- Low point: Décor could do with some fresh touches
- Notable dish: Afternoon tea
- Private dining: Up to 35 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle
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