Category : Out of London

Gatwick Airport, South Terminal

Giraffe gatwick Airport
Mint Tea Yorkshire style
Bridge Bar Gatwick Airport
Yorkshire Tea
Bridge Bar
On my way to Turkey I challenged myself to find a decent cuppa at Gatwick.
I usually go to Pret, whose tea is good, but served in a paper cup, could I find a china cup among the fast-food joints?
Not thinking I would have much luck, I was pleasantly surprised to discover two places serving a decent brew:


Before checking in, just opposite the station exit at South Terminal is Giraffe. This chain has a sort of young groovy backpacker theme, with a ‘chilled-vibe’ and a nod to ‘fusion’.

They offer a good range of Teapigs tea, including darjeeling,rooibos and mao feng green, at £2 but I was curious to try ‘Moroccan’ Mint made with Yorkshire Tea (£1.95). It was very good; served in a lovely cast iron tea pot so managing to evoke Japan, Marrakesh and… Leeds.

Bridge Bar

Once through check-in, I was very happy with another pot of Yorkshire Tea, this time served in white china from the Bridge Bar.
My flight was early morning, so bleary-eyed, I was in need of tea and toast. This was far more comfortable than being perched at Pret with a cardboard cup. (more…)

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Dining Hall, Keble College, Oxford

Green Tea, Keble College Dining Hall Oxford
Green Tea
Keble College Dining Hall

This isn’t London either, but I must mention the wonderful Keble College, where we stayed on our short break to Oxford.

We weren’t sure what to expect from student rooms, at £65 a night, B & B in centre of Oxford. But it was fantastic, and one of the highlights of the trip.

Keble is very atmospheric and grand, with striking red and yellow brick-work and the chapel is home to Holman Hunt’s hauntingly beautiful Light of the World.

The rooms (we paid a bit extra to overlook the quad) are peaceful, comfortable and clean, with en-suite bathrooms (more…)

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Ashmolean Dining Room, Oxford

English Breakfast, Ashmolean dining Room
English Breakfast
Ashmolean Dining Room

Oxford is a long way from London to go for a cuppa, but is a beautiful and engaging city, with plenty to see, and is only an hour by train from Paddington.
I enjoyed a short break with my Dad and sister; so should you find yourself there, in need of a cuppa, or if you are planning a trip westwards, this may be of interest.

Highlights of the trip included: staying at Keble College; the bizarrely wonderful Pitt Rivers Museum; Christchurch College and Blackwell’s Bookshop (where Caffe Nero do a good cuppa).
For a great overview of the city there is a fantastic open-top bus tour, which you can hop-on at the Railway Station. We saw some magical harpsichord (more…)

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