The High Tea Club
If you are looking for something a little different then head to The High Tea Club – a great addition to the burgeoning selection of food and drink venues on Cambridge’s Mill Road.
Started by sisters whose family have been trading tea in China for generations, they describe it as a “dim sum tea bar”, where tea is served along with dim sum, and where the world of teas and cocktails meet.
The tea list is bewildering, starting with classic black teas such as Ceylon and Lapsang Souchong, and flavoured black teas such as Russian Earl Grey and Lemon Grass Chai. Then you’ve got herbal blends such as Organic Rooibos and Chrysanthemum, and classic fruit infusions such as Strawberry Kiwi and Fairy Princess. You can also choose from exotics like China Wuyi Mountain Rock and High Mountain Oolong; premium Chinese teas such as Jasmine Pearl Tea and Dragon Well; and premium flowering teas such as Snow in the Glass and Seven Sisters.
All teas are served in small glass teapots and on my visit I chose Dragon Well – a pan-roasted green tea from Longjing in Zhejiang Province, China. Teas can be bought over to counter, and they also have a postal service.
The High Tea Club also serve a good selection of expertly executed dim sum – steamed, fried, pan-fried or roasted – which make an excellent accompaniment to the teas. Why not start with some savoury ones and finish with a sweet red bean paste bun. All are served in traditional dim sum boxes.
There is also a good range of cocktails on offer if you prefer, but the star of the show is the tea and the 80+ different flavours. These sisters really know their teas!
By Philip Seaman, Cambridgeshire editor