It is 8:45am as I sit to begin posting this review. I notice that it has been nearly a year since I last took the time to add my words of praise for the wonderful respite Silver Tips Tea Room offers. Fortunately, our visits have been far more numerous than my posts here! Our latest visit was just last weekend - can someone please tell me why we are denied the opportunity to enjoy Silver Tips Tea Room before 11am? I would have been on my way already! Last week we arrived before the friends we were meeting there. We started off with a shared scone and our own pots of tea. When our friends arrived we enjoyed the soup and, for the first time, an Afternoon Tea (sandwiches, more scones with cream and preserves, cake, and, of course, another pot of tea)! I wish I could tell you which teas we tried but, having had three pots of my own (and sampling sips of the other pots of tea we all enjoyed), sadly, I cannot. I will have to begin following the practice of another visitor I observed who had a small writing pad devoted just to recording her adventures with tea! I do know that one of the teas I requested was the new Green Kukicha. I was thrilled to find it as I have had it elsewhere and love its clean, fragrant aroma and refreshing flavor. I especially enjoy walking over to the preparation area to watch the care taken to produce each pot - the temperature of the water is monitored, the steep time is closely regulated, and the preparers are always open to discussion and sharing their 'tips' for making and enjoying teas. Well, it is now nearly 9am and I can't wait 2 hours - I'll start my own first pot here at home . . . perhaps the Prince Bodhi Dharma that I purchased on one of our many trips earlier this year.
Michael - thanks for your very kind words. When we opened 9 years ago, we did some research and concluded that without coffee, opening earlier just didn't attract enough people and we know we couldn't do coffee well! Try the Atama Bancha the next time you visit or Celtic Cup. Abd come see us again. All the best, anupa