In an attempt to avoid the Oxford St crowds the other day, I ventured off into a side street and fortuitously happened upon Postcard Teas. This unassuming little spot is a tea lover’s heaven – a tea shop, come tea museum, come tea tasting venue that offers passers-by a welcome respite from the madness of Oxford Circus.
Postcard Teas has been lauded as “the best tea in town” by The Telegraph and its admirable reputation was confirmed when I spotted “Food Personality of the Year” Nigel Slater also sampling a few teas in store. I’ve been a fan of Nigel for years (our flat has cooked and feasted its way through his Kitchen Diaries) so I was actually a little starstruck when I was sat opposite him in the tea shop, each of us sipping contentedly on our freshly brewed teas. Anyway, less about minor celeb spotting and more about the tea.
Postcard Teas was founded by Timothy d’Offay, a well-renowned tea expert. Timothy’s method of sourcing tea is to travel the world seeking out the best quality teas, working with small scale family tea producers. This traveler’s approach to tea is reflected in the products sold at Postcard Teas. You can buy Tea Postcard packs which can be sent anywhere in the world by posting them in the shop’s very own red postbox. Amazing!
During my visit, I sampled a delicious Green Mulberry Tea which I think actually tastes a bit like biscuits – sounds odd but it means you don’t crave a biscuit to go with it. It’s the zero calorie tea and biscuit fix! Again, amazing!
If you want to check out the store, it’s located just off New Bond Street at 9 Dering Street in an 18th century building where tea was first sold over 200 years ago.