Embarking on my recent visit to London I had thought I would be spoiled for choice with an amazing assortment of loose leaf tea selections. Instead what I found was a beautiful little tea shop in Barnes that I fell in love with, and a quirky crooked house that intrigued me.
If you find yourself in London yearning for a great cup of loose leaf tea… then you really must do yourself a favour and visit Orange Pekoe in Barnes. It was by far the best cuppa I encountered during my recent two month stint in London. The tea shop is very quaint and humble, the food deliciously compliments the tea selection, and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about their tea. From our conversations, it is evident that all the staff share a passion for tea and have a personal connection to their tea shop. One of their staff designs and exquisitely paints the shop windows every couple of months. I was able to take a photo of their autumn illustration.
Did I mention their scones? Afternoon tea – a pot of your favourite tea and two perfect bite size scones with clotted cream and jam. Simply delicious! And it’s priced quite reasonably, so you can come back again and again. On separate occasions I tried their Assam Nahorhabi and Formosa Oolong. Both beautiful teas in their own right.
It is little wonder why they have received an Award of Excellence from the Tea Guild for the seventh year in a row! Thank you ladies for sharing your tea with me.
(Second image sourced: www.crooked-house.com)
I would be remiss not to mention this next tea house in Windsor. The Crooked House is crazily cooky in its architecture. The lean on the building is quite incredible and hard to appreciate entirely with photos alone. It is worth the visit to Windsor to witness it for yourself. Sitting in the tiny teahouse with a pot of tea and scones transports you back in time. It is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon (especially if you are fortunate enough to get the one table by the window). During my visit I was so busy talking with an old school friend; we had enjoyed the ambiance of the little crooked tea house for two and a half hours, overstaying the closing time by 30 minutes!
I remember my mum describing to me why she wanted to start Cuppa Cha. She wanted to remind us to embrace special moments with loved ones over a good cup of tea. The Crooked House certainly allowed me to do this!