When I gave up my day job back in November I started a new routine. I’d take the children to school, go to the gym and then head to a coffee shop for a nice cup of tea and to get some blog work done. This routine has continued since then and I’ve now managed to try all of the coffee shops in my local town to find out where has the best tea for both type of tea and the value for money.
In Cafe Nero the traditional black tea is English Breakfast Tea but comes in a tea bag that does allow bits of tea leaves to come through. It’s also served in a single cup rather than a tea pot. At £1.95 it was quite expensive for a single, not very big, cup of tea.
A traditional black tea at Costa was Twinings Everyday tea, served in a teapot which gave at least two good size cups of tea. A bargain at £1.95 for a whole pot of tea – and served in matching crockery too. Perfect!
Starbucks is often a go-to place when it comes to hot drinks – especially with their red cups over Christmas. I love Starbucks for it’s free wifi, comfy seats and the fact that whatever Starbucks you go to you know exactly what you’re going to get.
Starbucks offer different sized teas although they are, as you would expect, just more water added to a solitary tea bag. The tea comes as a mug with the tea bag and water and then you add the milk. For £2.15 for a medium tea – which Hubby would call a bucket of tea – it’s reasonably priced and good quality, and served in a lovely chunky mug too.
If you’re looking for a hearty mug of tea rather than a dainty teapot then Starbucks is the way to go. A huge thumbs up to Starbucks though – they have the nicest staff out of all the Camberley coffee shops – so friendly, helpful and they clearly love their jobs.
I have only ever been to Patisserie Valerie for posh afternoon tea in the past but thought I’d try it as somewhere for a solitary cup of tea. Now, as you would expect, Patisserie Valerie is that the tea is at the pricier end – £2.85 for a pot of breakfast tea. But, it is an actual pot of tea made from tea leaves. You can take your time drinking it and it comes with a little tea cup, making the pot last even longer.
Patisserie Valerie has really nice surroundings, is the right mix of opulent and relaxed and I found it a really nice atmosphere to work in and watch the world go by. Sadly, I’m not that keen on tea leaves and much prefer a more everyday tea.
Now, I don’t think I’d go to Bills for just a pot of tea but, Hubby and I went there for brunch and the tea was quite impressive. For just £2.10 I got the biggest pot of tea I have ever seen, with no less than three tea bags in it. This was amazing – and, there was free wifi. So, maybe not somewhere I would go just for a pot of tea but the tea was great when enjoyed as part of brunch or afternoon tea.
Another place I wouldn’t go to just for the tea is Chiquitos. But, Hubby and I went there for brunch on my Birthday and I had tea with it. The tea came in a cute teapot with matching milk jug and cup and saucer but, it was also refillable. Yep, bottomless tea and all for the amazing price of £1.95! Plus, there’s free wifi. So, I won’t be going there just for a pot of tea but I really appreciated my bottomless teapot with brunch and will definitely be back.
There’s a lot to love about Good Taste. Good food, less of a chain feel and nice comfy chairs. For £2.95 I got a good sized pot of tea with two generous cups of tea in it and got to sit in really nice surroundings, using the free wifi. Although more expensive than other coffee shops it was one of my favourite places to sit and work and I would definitely pay extra for the nice atmosphere.
So there you have it. If you’re looking for a cup of tea in Camberley you now know what options are available. I have made Starbucks my second home recently, purely because of the nice atmosphere and friendly staff but I love Costa too. But, if I fancy a nice breakfast or brunch I go to Good Taste for scrambled eggs on toast, the nice surroundings and the beautiful pot of tea!