**UPDATE MARCH 2014: Salt is sadly, now closed. It was a great little place; I wish the fellas that ran it all good luck and hope they will let Tea at Three know if they open up elsewhere.
Great Queen Street in Covent Garden, is dominated on one side by the massive Art Deco edifice of Freemasons Hall. In its shadow is a row where at no.31, William Blake, London’s great poet and mystic, learned his trade as an engraver. Today it is home to Stephen Jones, hat maker and some intriguing looking Freemason’s outlets.
Salt is nestled in between. This ‘Espresso, Lunch and Tea Bar’ prides itself on bakery, and, as I discover, the tea is pretty special too.
They have an excellent choice of brews with the optimum temperature and steeping time noted on the menu.
I chose a Jade Cloud Green Tea (75 degrees, 3 mins). Having been told it would be few minutes, I took a seat by the window; an excellent people-watching spot. There is a lovely tree over the road that I was trying to identify…when ping! – a tea timer! It was worth the extra care as my tea was excellent.
Salt is lovely. The space is clean and simple with a large window and beautiful minimal wooden stools, made in London from recycled materials. The music, often annoying in cafes, was well-chosen, hip indie at decent volume (ie. not too loud) – they obviously know about sounds aswell as cake.
The food looked delicious. If the team at Salt take as much care over the menu as they do a simple cup of tea, then it is well worth popping in for lunch.
Ace place. Really good to find a friendly, decent place for a cuppa with attention to detail in central location.
|Price of a Cuppa :||I forgot to note, an excuse to return!|
|Leaf or Bag :||Leaf|
|Crockery :||Nice chunky red pot and white china cup|
|Music :||Well chosen and at decent volume|
|Service :||They time your tea…!!|
|Kitty says:||Lovely fresh place with contemporary feel|
|Address:||34 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5AA|
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