I have a slight problem, I have an obsession with tea. Knowing this crucial information, my friend decided to take me to the new tea café in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Quilliam Brothers.
The interior is unlike traditional tea shops in London, with the dining area more casual, relaxed and unpretentious yet incredibly popular. We were lucky to get a table for 5, within the next 30 minutes all tables were full and there was a queue leading out the door.
One of my friends had missed lunch and was therefore in the mood for something a little more filling and opted for a halloumi and sun-dried tomato tart. The tart arrived with golden flaky pastry with generous toppings of sun-dried tomatoes, olives, a light sprinkling of parmesan and, of course, halloumi.
Unfortunately, the tart was a little on the small side and I wasn’t allowed a bite.
We all ordered from the tea menu, which even for a tea house, had an extensive menu with an array of choices between different types of tea including, black, white, green and fruit. The tea combinations didn’t stop there with unusual combinations such as Battenberg and amaretto.
I opted for a more traditional white tea mixed with both sweet and floral notes. I was pleased to find that the tea was delightful and so was everyone elses. We ordered a tea-pot each which allowed 3 cups of tea with plenty to share between us.
To go alongside the tea, we each ordered a treat each and I opted for the peanut butter brownie. I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and the brownie wasn’t disappointing with enough peanut butter within to keep any fan satisfied. My only issue was the brownie was bordering on being too dense and sticky; anymore and it would have been too sickly sweet.
Quilliam Brothers is a wonderful little tea shop in Newcastle and it’s no wonder that it’s become so popular. If you’re in the area, even if you don’t like or want tea I dare you to try. You never know, you may find yourself becoming a tea convert.
– Qulliam Brothers, Newcastle