Yum Cha means ‘drink tea’ in Cantonese. Yumchaa in English means ‘to enjoy delicious loose leaf tea in relaxed and hip environment’.
Situated in a side street in Fitzrovia, Yumchaa is the perfect watering hole for a loose leaf lover. They are militantly anti-tea-bag and even have an inspiring ‘Drink Loose Leaf Tea’ manifesto.
The space is fresh and airy, with a big skylight at the back and large windows at front. Furnishings are stripped-back bare-wood and 70’s wallpaper retro.
The range of teas and infusions are laid out in little white jugs on the counter for you to sniff and find one to suit your mood. I choose Darjeeling. Served in a white china double-decker pot for one, it was very delicious indeed.
There are tasty-looking freshly made sandwiches and cakes and brown paper bags of loose leaf tea to buy. I purchased some Jasmine Green and Chelsea Chai – a Green tea with spices – at £11 for two 100g bags, plus free tea ball. The tea-ball is a revelation, I use for leaf-tea at work; the anti-bag campaign has a new convert!
Yumchaa has branches in Soho and Camden, where I shall be heading as soon as possible.
|Price of a Cuppa :||Forgot to ask|
|Leaf or Bag :||Militant Leafers|
|Crockery :||White china pot for one|
|Music :||I think there was, but unobtrusive|
|Service :||Self service, nice staff|
|Kitty says:||Nice laid back vibe. Great range of leaf tea. Free wi-fi. Open till 8 in week. Pretty perfect|
|Address:||9-11 Tottenham Street London W1T 2AQ (around corner from Goodge Street Station)|
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