“For many years my dream has been to own a tea room. The turning point came on my 40th birthday in 2011 when I decided that it was now or never. Being solely a tea drinker and after years of trawling coffee shops in an attempt to find a decent ‘brew’, I knew that something had to change….that change being ‘Tealicious Tearoom’. This tea room will be different from the average coffee shops, at Tealicious Tearoom we will offer the tea lover the chance to experience a unique range of tea blends and savour the joys of a delicious cup of tea.
The recipe for a perfect tearoom required many ingredients; a supportive family, builders, plumbers, cherry pickers, friends willing to do to lots of market research and the list goes on. The recipe was complicated but despite some setbacks we finally found ourselves at the quaint and quirky building of 88 Elvet Bridge situated in the historic centre of Durham City, this was the perfect place to mix all the ingredients together. With the help of many Tealicious came together and my dream had become a reality!
So don’t be afraid to follow your dream as they do come true.”
Tealicious is quite unashamedly pitched at people who like tradition. From the teapot wallpaper to the bone china cups, this is probably what every American envisages a British Tea-room to be. It attracts attention. Tealicious is situated right next door to Café Continental, but doesn’t compete. Tealicious offers quintessentially British Tea and cakes, whereas next door they are trying to cater for those who want filling up with a meal as well.
We’d been to Tealicious late last year, but it was cold and the windows were steamed up. We couldn’t see out and others couldn’t see in, so it wasn’t showing at its best. Today, the sun was out (ish) and sitting in the window seat we got the best view of the passing public. Nearly all of them gazed in. Should we? Shouldn’t we? Plenty said yes, as the tables filled up behind us. There’s only 4 or 5 tables in the downstairs of Tealicious, with the counter and till at the back. That’s where those delicious cakes are on the photo above. There’s extra space on the top deck, and I think the main kitchen is up there too.
We ordered two ‘Miners’ Brews’ from the tea menu. This is described as “For those who like a good, strong “proper cup of tea”. Puts hairs on your chest.
(Indian Assam, Kenyan black tea)”. Mrs Durham Food and Drink then plumped for an open roast beef sandwich, whilst I opted for the Tealicious Platter, which sounded a bit like a ploughman’s lunch. Hold on – a quick holler upstairs to see whether there was pork pie left – there was! The order was good to go.
The Miners Brew arrived, with nice china cups and individual pots of steaming tea, each with its own tea strainer and pot of milk. The description was right, this was indeed a proper cup of tea.
When the food arrived, it looked fantastic. A nice pie and salad, with cheese, pickalilli and pickled onions, along with greens and a hefty wedge of sun-dried tomato bread and butter. The roast beef was presented well too, everything looked nice and fresh and crisp. As is our way, we swapped half of our fodder so we got a good idea what the other was eating. All of it went down without too much of a struggle. Very nice indeed.
It’s always a pleasure to take tea in Tealicious and the owners should be congratulated in what they’ve done. They’re a credit to the town and it seems a perfect fit for the type of business that’s needed in Durham. Keeping Durham quaint is a difficult job, but someone’s got to do it, and Tealicious seem to carry that off perfectly.
88 Elvet Bridge,
Durham Food and Drink Ratings
First Impression : 9, Service : 9, Food : 9, Value : 8