A couple of weekends back when we were still battling the beast from the east, Olive and I spend a cosy afternoon tucked away from the icy winds at the Comin’s Tea House in Bath. Enjoying afternoon tea is one of my favourite ways to spend a weekend, and it was lovely to spend this particular chilly Saturday tucked up in Comin’s Tea House with a large mug of tea and some delicious homemade food.
Comin’s Tea House is found on 34 Monmouth street in Bath, just tucked down a quaint side street off the main high street. The Tea House has been set up by Michelle and Rob, two tea enthusiasts who through their travels discovered a love for tea and where it is sourced. After visiting a tea plantation in Northern India and enjoying some of the best fresh loose tea in the world, they were determined to share their love for high quality loose tea with the UK. This is not your typical floral English tearoom, instead the cafe is light and airy with white walls, clean lines and pale wood that lets the tea speaks for itself.
Olive and I had never seen a tea menu with so many different types of loose tea before, therefore it was really helpful to have Rob talk us through the differences of the tea, its origin and its flavour. As we were having sandwiches to start, Rob kindly recommend the best teas to pair back with savoury food and then when we moved on to sweet we were able to choose a different tea that complimented those flavours. What was also really lovely is that the menu was broken down by black, white and green tea making it super easy to select your favourite one.
Another part of enjoying your favourite tea and what is often overlooked here in the UK is the brewing process, with each loose tea a different length of brewing time was required and even different pouring methods are used depending on where the tea has been sourced from. As we all choose different types of tea it was amazing to see the variations in how we should pour and enjoy our tea!
As this wasn’t your average afternoon tea, rather than traditional sandwiches the savoury part was actually the most delicious tartines with homemade toppings inspired by the countries where the tea is sourced from. They were so moorish, that we could quite happily of had seconds! Another great option is that you can choose to have freshly prepared gyoza to accompany your Japanese green tea which also looked amazing.
For our sweet part of the afternoon tea we enjoyed homemade blueberry scones with clotted cream and jam followed by the most mouth watering cake platter we had ever seen! Even though the food was so delicious, Olive and I struggled to finish the last morsels of cake and Rob kindly wrapped up a couple of slices were us to enjoy later at home.
We had such a great afternoon sheltering away from the snow storm outside and exploring the world of loose tea. We will definitely be making a return visit sometime soon to try even more exciting new flavours along with the homemade gyoza.