There was a time when Liverpool wasn’t just fuelled on tea, it fuelled the nation, too. Typhoo, Mantunna, Kardomah – brands that got us all out the door of a morning. Of course, the drinks’ links to the city can be traced back to the Blue Funnel line, and our trading history with the Far East. The factories have gone, but the city’s love for the leaf continues (and not just in Leaf). The city even features in a book highlighting the best places to sip and savour the brew’s heady history. Dragonfly Tea’s Brews With a View recommends enjoying a cup of Green Tea contemplating the Chinatown Arch. We’d say skip that, and head to Alison Appleton’s Tea House in Lark Lane (her teapots are the best), head to Waitrose for Brew’s mighty loose leaf selection, grab a box of Phom’s English Breakfast (our favourite at places like Panna (Tithebarn), Baltic Bakehouse (Bridgewater St) and Unit 51 (Jamaica St). If that doesn’t get your pistons firing, check your pulse).
The new, and ace, Titanic Hotel prides itself on its real-tea Afternoon Teas – main pic above. As does the vintage-China-tastic Tea Parlour on Mathew Street and the Maritime Dining Room at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
If you’re over the water, Gorge’us Tea Rooms in Bebington does a decent brew/cake ratio. And it’s not illegal to have a cup of tea without a three-tiered concatenation of finger fancies. In Hoylake, the lovely Nine Leaves has just opened, offering a whole host of loose leaf teas to buy and taste, as well as curry and bring-your-own-vinyl nights. Nice. Sit and savour a mug at the ace City Cafe in Stanley Street, Zain’s in St John’s Market, or Delkery on Dale Street.
Oh, and don’t call it Builder’s Tea. That’s just condescending bullshit, right? I know for a fact my builder prefers a decaff flat white.