There is no charge to visit these events and you get to learn about the Chinese tea ceremony while tasting many varieties of unusual tea. As well as explaining about each tea and preparing some for us to try, he told us about the origin of each tea as he has personally traveled to China to bring these teas back.
It's a very relaxing space and we stayed for over four hours and would probably have stayed longer if it wasn't for the tube strike last night. He hopes to create a cafe where in 30 minutes you can slow down from your hectic life and enjoy a simple Chinese tea ceremony which would be a delight.
Pei Wang also specializes in cooking with tea and had prepared some delicious cakes and macaroons to accompany the drinks. He gave us lots of tips on how to use tea leaves in cooking and he runs tea cookery classes. He even talked about how to match teas and cheeses and I'd love to try that class!
teanamu teas are now available at the popular Bea's of Bloomsbury as are Tea Appreciation classes which should help to spread the word about this small specialist company.
Pei Wang is an excellent host and I hope to visit again when I don't have a cold so I can buy some tea and a gaiwan (traditional Chinese cup) and enjoy the oasis of calm he has created in his home in Notting Hill.
Tea open house dates this month:
- 5 December 2010 (Sun), 12-4pm
- 12 December 2010 (Sun), 12-4pm
- 19 December 2010 (Sun), 12-4pm