A new destination for Newcastle’s tea-lovers has recently opened.
Quilliam Brothers Teahouse: open early, closing late, on the town-centre edge of Newcastle Uni, and serving a broad range of lovely teas (and some green teas, sadly, but then, nobody’s perfect).
I took lovely Coralie with me for my first visit. She chose their afternoon tea blend, I went for a Darjeeling 2nd flush from Margaret’s Hope estate.
We got a wee teapot each, and a cup and saucer, and a jug of milk (though not for me, natch). The tea had been made and then poured into the pots, so it was ready by the time it arrived at the table (so no waiting for it to steep), and the leaves were gone (so no need for a strainer).
The decor and set up is pretty sweet, including cute flowers on all the tables, and the staff are all pretty hipsterish, which is fun. Although they did produce the bill on mini-iPads which, though giving the impression of coolness, may have been a step too far (not particularly useful or necessary, as far as I could tell).
But, in general, big thumbs up. I definitely want to go back and try out the food, but in the meantime I’m just glad to have found a place that cares about tea.
In summary: Lovely.