Monday, 17 September 2012

Haggerston Tearoom - an unlikely oasis


Address: 224 Haggerston Road
London E8 4HT
Tel: 079 0336 7551
Nearest Overground station: Haggerston

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £10 pp
Service charge: N/A
Taste: ***
Service: ***
Ambience: ***
The word tearoom automatically conjures up some images of a place to spend a lazy afternoon. There would be rows of tins containing tea leaves with exotic names. Comfortable chairs, not too flashy, probably wooden furniture with slightly flaked paint, not too rickety, should fill the room. A small but delectable selection of cakes is a must. To have them baked in-house would be asking too much these days but the cakes must at least being sourced from a reliable supplier.

Haggerston Tearoom review Tropical Green tea leaves

Haggerston Tearoom review Nilgiri tea leaves

In all respect, Haggerson Tearoom ticks the right boxes. I couldn't resist the smoking taste of Lapsang Souchong though I should have tried some other more exotic flavours - the orangey flavoured Nilgiri or the gunpowder Tropical Green tea would be a start. I can take comfort in the fact that Wife was even less adventurous with her Darjeeling. She made it up by getting some Honey Bush tea leaves to takeaway.

Haggerston Tearoom pistachio courgette cake Victoria Yum

Besides the Victorian Sponge and carrot cake, there was this courgette & pistachio cake that caught our eye. Pistachio yes, but courgettes? But it does hold up the cake pretty well and the gritty texture is endearing.

The cakes supplied by Victoria Yum will set you back by £3 per slice and each pot of tea costs £3.50. Throw in free wifi access and you're looking to chill out. The only catch? Located in the heart of Haggerson, it's flanked by two off-licenses, a laundarette, a pharmacy, and a Met police post. Tucked in a corner, it's a curious place to for a tearoom. In fact, we walked past the arcade of shops twice before spotting Haggerson Tearoom. But take it from me, it's an oasis within.

For more on London tearooms, read...
The Tea Rooms (Stoke Newington)
Teasmith (Spitafields)

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