22 January 2014

Yum Chaa - Tea Shops, Reviewed.

It says review in the title, but in the interests of being honest, it's more of a love-in. A girl-crush some might say. Yum Chaa, where have you been all my life? Forget smelly pubs, expensive wine and hangovers, it's a more delicate way of life for me.
Yum Chaa have an amazing and possibly the best presented ever tea selection I've ever seen. How on earth do you choose just one?
Adventures of a London Kiwi Yum Chaa

A tea shop with a great sense of humour, and the staff are lovely.



They have rather interesting contraptions for some of their tea leaves - you leave the tea to brew, then fit the contraption on top of your mug to release the filtered tea. Someone I know (who shall remain nameless because I'm in a kind mood) was so enamoured, entranced and amused, she did it several times.



Buttery fresh scones, worthy of the Queen of Scones' recommendation (something rather hard to come by) both sweet and savoury (the olive and feta are especially delicious)



Quirky mismatched surroundings.

Adventures of a London Kiwi Yum Chaa
Scuse the terrible photo, I was in cake lust.

Oh, did I mention the delectable cake selection, both full of gluten goodies, and gluten free? There aren't just GF Brownies here, no siree. And when they do make the menu, they are scrumptious. I dragged the lovely Meg & Kelly (accidentally, I had meant to go to the Tottenham Street one - naughty Google Maps) to the Soho branch recently, on a London GF recce, and it was met to appreciative noises.

Adventures of a London Kiwi Yum Chaa

Isn't this corner just calling your name to settle in, natter and sip your chosen drink? That overstuffed armchair though, that's mine.



If you happen to be thirsty, hungry, wet, need a break from exploring through the British Museum or just wandering through Central London, take refuge in one of their shops. My favourite so far is their Tottenham Street branch, the cake selection there was rather incredible and deserves a re-visit. To check the quality levels you understand.
I'll report further. Oh the things we do for our blogs...

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14 comments :

  1. I think quality checker is a very important job, especially if cake is involved! I've seen those tea pot things on some other blogs, I'm sure I'd make a huge mess somehow.

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  2. Thanks sunshine for letting me tag along, it was a cute place for some gluten free cake! xx

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  3. Happy to be dragged along with you anywhere if this is the kind of place we end up!!! My Chai contraption was delish!!! xx

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  4. I love their style. I don't like tea, but I'd happily go in for a wander and a scone.

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  5. I love tea! This is perfect place for me to be right now :)

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  6. This place looks great may need to go and visit it.

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  7. looks like a fun place - and I love the idea of the tea choice...we have so many great coffee places now, it's time tea made a comeback!

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  8. Sounds like the kind of place I would love to spend an afternoon in.

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  9. I LOVE the style of this tea shop and I remember when I lived in Hong Kong we always called tea Yum Chaa!

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  10. Tea and Cake. And in such fab fun surroundings, yes please! Shall remember when I'm next down in London :)

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  11. I do love a good tea shop with a proper choice of real tea - this one looks fab.

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  12. Oh, is this the sister of the lovely place we all went to after the Art Deco walk? I so enjoyed it there but so was excited after the walk and after meeting you all that I completely forgot about it!

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  13. Oooh, interesting! I'm sat here snuggling my mug of green tea (trying to warm up my hands) and I often wonder what the quality of supermarket green tea is. I've be in heaven somewhere like this!

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  14. I have a review of Yumchaa gathering dust in my draft folder! I love love loveeeuhh the place , I stumbled into the tottenham court road on a very wet afternoon and am so glad I did , I plan to return with a friend or two and gobble some scones ummmm

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