Posted: January 1, 2019
Hot tea month in Bristol
Over in America January is the national month of hot tea, and whilst we’re sure they do a good brew no one loves a cuppa quite like us Brits. With that in mind the Bristol City Centre BID would like to bring national hot tea month to the UK with this roundup of the best tea shops our fine city has to offer.
Self proclaimed expert tea mixologists, Bird and Blend’s mission is simple – to make people happy with tea! Stocking everything from loose leaf, bagged and powdered teas to mugs, infusers and strainers, you can find everything you’ll need to make your perfect cuppa in this Park Street shop. They even do a monthly subscription box for those of you with a serious taste for tea.
Is there a better place to watch the world go by other than on Mud Dock’s terrace over the floating harbour? We don’t think so! And if you need even more of an excuse to visit this Bristol institution (they’re celebrating their 25th birthday this year) then bring your bike in for a service and grab a brew whilst you wait. We guaran-tea you won’t regret it. (Sorry, it had to be done!)
The Brits adopted their love of tea from Asia, and whilst we’ve stuck to our guns with the classic milk and two, they’ve been far more creative with the loose leaf beverage. Bubble tea, a Taiwanese staple, has taken off in the UK recently, and Bubbleology are bonafide pros. Be sure to go in with an open mind and experience tea like you never have before!
At Pinkmans Bakery the tea is as important to them as the bread. They stock a huge range of bagged and loose leaf teas from Canton and Bird and Blend, so whether you prefer green or black, herbal or Yorkshire, you’re guaranteed to find something to suit all tastes. Pair your brew with one of their delicious sourdough-nuts and you’re onto a winner!
Although known predominantly as a coffee house, Spicer and Cole work closely with their loose leaf tea suppliers, Waterloo Tea, to ensure each cup is brewed to perfection. They’re obsession with quality means they promise “bliss in every sip”, and with two city centre locations to choose from we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to prime people watching spots.
Locally known as The Guild, this privately owned department store-cum-gallery has been open as a place for artists and craftspeople to come together and sell their wares for over 100 years. Now operating as a more conventional shop, you can pick up beautifully crafted teapots, mugs and more to help you make a tasty tea at home.
A cafe and bar inside an adult education centre, Bristol Folk House creates a warm and inviting atmosphere to enjoy a cup of tea in the bustling city centre. With live events, exhibitions, markets and festivals going on throughout the year, there’s always something to help you while away the hours in this cosy little cafe.