Sunday, 1 November 2015

The High Tea Club, Cambridge


Photography from The High Tea Club website as my camera and the evening mood lighting did not get on well!
On Thursday evening I made my way over to The High Tea Club, a brand new concept that's popped up on Mill Road, for their press launch. You can imagine my excitement to be invited along for an event just about tea! I met up with some of the girls from the Camb Meet Up blogger group, which was lovely, and we sat down to enjoy a gorgeous range of teas and cocktails as well as afternoon tea.

The Mill Road area in Cambridge is widely known as a sort of 'cultural quarter' of the city, with various restaurants and speciality supermarkets available. Hop over the bridge however and it's all a bit gentrified, with coffee houses galore and quirky names and store-fronts to boot. It was refreshing to see The High Tea Club pop up, as its simple sign and friendly (but beautiful) d├ęcor bridge the gap between Shoreditch-style swank and that famous cosy Cambridge feel. Owner Danielle Xiao created the relaxed, modern space with this in mind, with the Club being one of the only places in town to offer such a wide range of loose teas. Her family back in China has been in the tea business for centuries, so we felt sure her recommendations on what to choose from the 55 varieties on offer would be perfect.


The 'club' is part cafe, part bar, and the menu is a fusion of Chinese and British food and drink. This means that you can opt for your standard afternoon tea stack, or venture into the oriental with dim sum. As dim sum isn't something I'd ever tried before until this point I couldn't wait to get stuck in. The flavours were divine, with our favourites being the marshmallowy, custard-filled dumplings at the bottom. The standard afternoon tea was also not to be sniffed at with an unusual range of pastries and sweet macarons to indulge in. The pastries were from a local supplier, although much of the menu is made in-house. We were all pretty hungry so it didn't last long, but either stack would be the perfect size for sharing!


Something rather unusual about the Club is that it's open until 11pm, with plenty of cocktails on offer as well as an evening menu that offers nibbles and cheese boards in addition to the classic afternoon tea and dim sum, as well as desserts. The cocktail menu is reasonably priced for Cambridge, and there are some funky tea-based cocktails on offer that I'll definitely be going back to try. My favourite thing from the menu was the range of flowering teas. A small dried ball is dropped into the water and slowly unfolds into a beautiful floating flower as it infuses. Cool or what? I can't wait to go back for more.

The High Tea Club can be found at 160 Mill Road, Cambridge and is open 9am-11pm (10pm on Sundays).

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