Eteaket

Tea boutique Eteaket has been a favourite of mine ever since they gave me a free mini mince pie to celebrate their one year anniversary. That’s how easily bought I am. I don’t even like mince pies that much.

I’ve been back several times with Lucy and other friends and also on my own to sample as many teas as possible from their extensive menu.

Klassic Keemun is my favourite Eteaket black tea. This smoky brew goes well with a savoury snack; the pâté and oatcakes are recommended. I tried the Second Flush Darjeeling but I didn’t notice anything distinctive about the flavour. The ‘muscatel aroma’ was too subtle for me.

There’s an interesting variety of flavoured black teas: fruity Life’s a Peach, spicy but smooth Bollywood Chai, and for those with a sweet tooth, Chocolate Abyss. Lucy prefers the flavoured teas with sugar and says that even half a teaspoon per cup will bring out the sweetness. Last time I was in Eteaket I took the Tea of the Day, Harvest Brew, which was described as tasting like cake with hints of orange and walnut. It did taste like cake, but it was Christmas cake with extra marzipan. Bleugh!

If you are looking for low caffeine alternatives, Eteaket offers three varieties of rooibos (Lucy likes the Crème Caramel flavoured one) and a number of herbal and fruit infusions (I like the Perfect Peppermint).

During the week, Eteaket is the perfect place to relax with a book and a cup of tea. There is free wi-fi so I’ve been there a few times to work. At the weekends it is usually packed and you may have to wait for a table. I love the decor: bright blue and pink are so me. The crockery is flowery and gilt edged as you’d expect.

Eteaket more than just a tea room: it’s a gift shop too. You can buy the tea lovers in your life treats such as teapots, cups, saucers and caddies of your favourite blend. I’m lusting after a three-tiered cake stand although I can’t imagine when I will have the occasion to serve sandwich fingers and mini fruit tarts. As Lucy is a fan of mismatched crockery she suggests raking about in charity shops for a cheaper and more eclectic tea set.

Eteaket Tea Boutique and Café, 41 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

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