Postcard Teas, W1S 1AG
- 020 7629 3654
- 9 Dering Street, off New Bond Street, W1S 1AG
- closed Mon; 10:30am-6:30pm Tue-Sat; closed Sun
Tea shop in Mayfair.
A number of the reviews below suggest that this is a nice place to spend awhile sitting and drinking tea. Kake didn't really find this to be the case on a Wednesday afternoon visit in May 2008; partly because tea is served by the single (not excessively large) cup, so I had to pester the staff (who were absorbed in something on their laptop) to get some more, and partly because it does feel a lot more like a boutique-type shop than a teashop. I'd brought a book and had planned to sit there for a while, but didn't really feel comfortable doing so. However, I found out later from one of my informants that they will give you multiple infusions of a given tea, but you do have to ask for it, and let them know when you order so they save the leaves.
However, the tea is brewed very well; although they do use good quality tea, there is technique involved too. I really enjoyed my cup of Moonlight White, but despite buying a packet to take away I haven't yet been able to produce such a good cup at home.
The tea menu was just a folded piece of cardboard printed on a colour printer, which suggests that it changes often. They sell all their teas to take away, and various bits of tea-related paraphernalia too. Teas drunk in the shop start at £1.50 per cup, and if you buy a pack of the tea you try then your in-house cup is knocked off the price. They do a few cakes as well, but I didn't try them. The tea menu is not offered to take away, and the staff direct customers to the website.
On Ewan's visit at lunchtime in January 2013, there wasn't any sense that this was a place to drink tea. It seemed to be solely a quiet little shop with the owner's office out the back of the main room. The colourful selection of teas is arranged along one wall in their packets, with more expensive items (tea caddies, tea pots and the like) in cabinets.
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