Anyone who knows us or is a regular reader of the blog may well know that John has a dairy allergy and has moved away from regular tea and coffee onto fruit / herbal teas.
Last week we had a day off in Bath and decided to try Comins Tea House for some light refreshment.
Michelle and Rob who run both the Bath Tea House and the original one in Sturminster Newton set up the businesses after visiting India and wanted to make it simple for customers to find and enjoy good value, quality, single estate loose leaf teas.
They only sell and serve fine teas alongside a selection of locally sourced pastries, homemade light lunches and afternoon treats. You can choose freshly prepared gyoza to accompany Japanese green tea, but they equally pay respect to their British roots – freshly baked blueberry scones with local clotted cream are part of our afternoon tea menu.
Being a very traditional English Breakfast Tea drinker I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer number of different teas available – black tea, white tea, green tea…the combination was endless. We didn’t need to worry, the very helpful lady (who’s name I’ve totally forgotten – sorry!) was extremely helpful and took time to discuss what I might like based on my limited knowledge.
I opted for the Himalayan Hand Rolled Tea which was ‘mellow with flowery notes’ which had to be brewed with water just off the boil for 3 minutes. John took the Long Jing Green Tea from China which was ‘soothing elegant & delicately sweet’ – this was brewed with water that was 80 degrees for one minute (you could increase or decrease the brewing time dependent on the strength). Perhaps completely being naive I hadn’t given thought to how the tea was served – I assumed all tea comes in a teapot but the Long Jing came in a traditional Gaiwan.
What I really loved was that if you didn’t like your tea, they were willing to change it to something more suited to your taste. Both teas were beautiful and I was really pleased with my choice, I’d definitely have it again.
I can’t recommend this tea house enough, especially if you’re a total tea lover like me! So next time you’re in Bath or Devon, be sure to pop in and experience tea like you never have before!
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