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Review: Quilliam Brothers Tea House

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Think you know tea? Think again!

  • By SilverTraveller Northerngirl

    37 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Jan 2014
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Casual
  • British

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OK, so I thought I knew a good number of types of tea until I visited the Quilliam Brothers Tea House in Claremont Buildings, Newcastle. The three brothers have turned a rundown building into an elegant tea house, which offers around 60 different types of tea for you to try. The menu is actually a folder as each type of tea comes with its own description and a handy number, so even if you can't pronounce the name, you can still get the tea of your choice quite easily. No tea bags with strings hanging over the side of a mug here. Not only is the tea made in a proper teapot, but the leaves are removed before serving, so you can take as long as you like over your cuppa and it won't be stewed. You can even buy tea to take home. We have some Grandpa's Winter Gulp in our kitchen which smells like a delicious fruit salad and tastes great too. It's a popular place, not just because of the tea either. Open 8am to 1am (yes, that's right!) Monday to Friday and 9am to 1am on Saturday (closed Sunday, sensible lads) it's close to Newcastle University so don't be surprised if you see some people working on laptops late into the night. They also do very nice coffees and their description of 'lush scran' for their food menu isn't wrong. On one visit we had the stottie and sausage breakfasts which were really lovely and we squeezed in a shared peanut butter brownie afterwards, justifying it by deciding we were really having brunch. Absolutely delicious. There's plenty more in the way of scones and other home bakes to tempt as well. For our lunchtime visit a couple of weeks later, we tried the Welsh rarebit which they warn takes a little longer to prepare, however we didn't feel we waited particularly long. This was served with mini roast potatoes and salad. Again, we'd highly recommend it. The only problem is its popularity, especially if you are wanting to go late morning/lunchtime and you might have to wait for a table. There are lots of nice quirky posters to look at and the biggest visitors' book I've ever seen to flick through while you're waiting. There is a basement area, which on some nights is turned into a cinema although they do warn that seating is limited, so arrive early. Toilets are on the ground floor so you don't have to go down the rather steep basement stairs. There's plenty of parking just a short walk away but it's also very close to the city centre, so buses and Metro are just a minute or two away. Already there are regular activities, such as a writing group, meeting there, so it's good to see such a unique venture being well-supported. On our last visit we noticed you can buy postcard versions of the posters on the walls and gift vouchers in sensible amounts are also available. Almost forgot to say, there are even board games to play if you run out of conversation! When so many city centres are becoming identical with the same shops and fast food outlets, it's great to see something individual and different opening up. This place is definitely becoming one of our local favourites.

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  • Northerngirl
    over 5 years ago
    Just to add to my original review, we've noticed that they tend to close for a couple of weeks in summer and also over Christmas. If you're travelling to visit it's probably worth checking their website for updates so you don't have a wasted journey.
  • Kenbob
    almost 6 years ago
    What a lovely place. Sounds great.
  • Vicky11
    about 6 years ago
    Sounds really nice.
  • Su
    about 6 years ago
    Sounds Scrummy! Wish I lived a little closer to sample those interesting wares!