As a casual tea drinker I can appreciate a nicely brewed herbal tea especially if said tea is paired with a cheeky slice of cake, therefore an invitation to check out Emilie Holmes’ second crowd –funded tea shop, Good and Proper Tea, in Clerkenwell’s Leather Lane was gladly accepted.
Leather Lane, launched in late March, joins Emilie’s original Shoreditch site opened last December – two openings in the space of three months is pretty impressive considering the business started as a mobile (1974 Citroën-H van) ‘brew’ bar back in 2012.
Good and Proper Tea is a stylish tea shop; a large, well -lit airy space, complete with free Wi-Fi, cosy wooden booths and a generous smattering of plants, a far cry from the chintzy tea rooms of old, this is a tea room for the millennial age.
With an impressive collection of teas on offer divided into different categories: Black; Oolong; Herbal; White; and Matcha; tea enthusiasts will be duly impressed.
We opted to mix up the temperature by ordering cold and warm teas – the chilled Coconut Matcha – coconut milk and green tea was topped off with an impressive froth. While the Lemon Verbena’s intense lemon scent and taste did not disappoint. Equally delicious was the Wild Rooibos, with its deep fruit and berry flavour.
The food on offer is definitely worthy of a mention; scrumptious house -made cakes (there’s a bakery on the premises): Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle Cake, along with the addition of vegan and gluten free options; we ordered the vegan Nectarine & Coconut Cake – a light, yet indulgent cake and the gluten –free Chocolate Brownie – a very sweet, gooey concoction.
For savoury I highly recommend the Sourdough Crumpet with Avocado & Chilli Flakes (it’s normally served with cream cheese – but we ordered without). The crumpet is certainly filling – the large square shape perfectly accommodates the generous topping and the memory of this delicious snack lived on in my head for days!
The concept behind Good and Proper Tea is simple; Emilie’s mission is to change the way people think about and drink tea, by my reckoning, Emilie’s mission is well on its way of being accomplished.
Price – £22.50
Service – Although it’s counter service the staff are extremely friendly and welcoming, a special shout out goes to the manager Ashley.
Ambience – Laid back and informal – a great place for the self –employed and start –ups, the venue also makes for a nice place for business meetings.
Bathroom – 4/5 clean – the elevated platform provides a throne –like feeling.
Good and Proper Tea, Leather Lane is opened Monday –Fridays from 8am -6pm. For further information please visit: www.goodandpropertea.com