- chaya teahouse
- tea club
- autumn harvest
selected saturdays & sundays
Looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday or a special gathering or tweetup? Or a unique way to refresh a corporate event?
How about a Chinese Gong Fu cha afternoon tea, for a totally unforgettable experience?
Savour delicate, handmade patisserie and delicate Chinese dim sum accompanied by elegant, handmade Chinese and Japanese teas, in a serene and calm hideaway just off bustling Portobello Road! Great food and gorgeous tea – your friends and loved ones will adore it!
The teahouse can sit up to 16-18 guests, or we can travel with our gongfu tea ceremony equipment, and with you we will work out a menu that will perfectly suit your guests.
Let us do the pampering – you relax! Drop us an email for more details.
Learn the difference between a pouching, a dancong and a yancha – Oolong teas from the mountainous Wuyi region in China – during a masterclass in the Teanamu Chaya Teahouse, a calm hideaway just off Portobello Road in Notting Hill. The Black Dragon and Tea Lovers masterclasses here take two hours on selected Saturdays but if you just fancy afternoon tea (incorporating the Chinese Gongfu Cha tea ceremony, said to increase mindfulness), book a table anytime and nibble on handmade patisserie and Chinese dim sum. The two tea set menus are ichi-go-ichi-e and wabi sabi. Think wakame seaweed brown bread open sandwiches with garlic pickled-miso cream cheese with cucumber and shichimi pepper as a savoury option and sweets such as snow skin marzipan with guava.
An experience so fragrant and serene it’s the edible equivalent of a massage. When it come to tea drinking, Chinese ancients do it better. Teanamu Chaya Teahouse is an oasis of calm serving some next level loose-leaf, with an afternoon tea menu based on a fourteen-century Chinese tea ceremony. Certified tea artisan Pei Wang will help you choose from dozens of options, each with its own flavours, brew times and even teapot design. At least as much care is taken over the food, too. Everything from the wakame seaweed brown brea to the szechuan peppercorn and peanut honeycomb is home-made, and even the usual suspects get a transformation: cucumber sandwiches gain garlic miso-pickled cream cheese, an exemplary scone comes with rose petal jam as well as the obligatory clotted cream.
Tucked away in an unassuming house in Notting Hill, Teanamu is a haven of tranquility and the perfect place to escape the crowds on Portobello Road. The emphasis here is on the tea itself, which is a nice contrast to many afternoon teas, where the namesake takes a backseat to the food. Teanamu also offers one of the best value afternoon teas in the city.
What Chinese tea master Pei Wang doesn’t know about tea isn’t worth knowing. Not only does he host extraordinarily educational (and delicious) tea tastings and master-classes in a secluded private home in Notting Hill, he also runs a weekends-only vegetarian tea-house with a tranquil Zen-like atmosphere. Two set menus are offered as part of the Chinese Gongfu Cha tea ceremony, encompassing home-made patisserie, brown bread wakame seaweed sandwiches and dim sum. Take your time to enjoy such pretty delicacies as lo mai fan lotus leaf rice parcels, and snow skin marzipan with guava. The freshly-brewed teas are truly special — and often very rare. This is hands-down one of the best and most unique afternoon teas we’ve experienced in London.
Step into Pei Wang’s Teahouse and be instant soothed. He specialises in the Chinese Gongfu Cha tea ceremony, and serves fragrant teas alongside open sandwiches with kumquat ginger preserve and cheddar, dim sum, or olive oil lemon cake with mango curd. Set menus, including savouries, sweets and teas.
The Teanamu Chaya Teahouse offers afternoon tea with an Asian twist, serving a vast selection of teas and bespoke tisane infusions, which can be mixed and matched to suit your taste. Located within a converted Notting Hill House, the quaint teahouse provides an intimate and ceremonial experience. Guests are guided through the different teas and can choose among options such as lychee black, ginger tangerine sencha and shanghai chic. Food wise, a number of tempting delicacies are available and diners can choose between two menu options: the Sabi Afternoon Tea, including wakame seaweed brown bread open sandwiches and a selection of sweet patisserie, or the Wabi Afternoon Tea, which also includes a serving of dim sum. The menu regularly changes but typical options include yuzu ginger preserve and cheddar sandwiches, vegetarian dumplings with chilli oil, mango seed cake and peanut sesame cookies. Scones also make an appearance and are served with clotted cream and rose petal jam. With additional touches such as a self-boiling kettle on the table and the tranquil décor, it’s a true all-round experience and a great alternative to the sugar laden customary.
Within moments of stepping into Pei Wang’s relaxing Notting Hill Teanamu Chaya Teahouse, it is apparent that tea, and the meticulous ritual around creating the perfect brew, is top of the agenda. With no less than 18 teas to chose from – and that’s not counting the bespoke tisane infusions one can mix and match – it’s hard to know where to start, but the black lychee variety proved a delightful and tasty choice.
The self-boiling kettle on each table is essential when you consider the tiny size of the traditional tea pots and drinking cups, but the Chinese ethos is based around having just enough to drink in the present moment.
Pei’s extensive knowledge and fresh, preservative-free snacks (who could resist the healthy-sounding citrus, yuzu soft-set marshmallow dusted with green tea) make this an educational and altogether less gluttonous experience than the traditional English afternoon variety. Even better, those taken with their newly discovered brew can buy packets to take away to recreate the magic back home.
Saturdays and Sundays
1200hrs to 1800hrs
(by reservation only)
teanamu chaya teahouse
4 melina road
london w12 9hz
teanamu chaya teahouse is located in one of the four pre-war worker’s cottages facing the Cathnor Park. Look out for the house with the yellow door and the wooden “teanamu chaya teahouse” sign.
The nearest tube station is Goldhawk Road station (Circle Line/Hammersmith and City Line), less than 10 minutes walk away. Shepherd’s Bush station (Central Line) is about 15 minutes walk away.
The local bus stops are Cathnor Road stop (on Goldhawk Road with bus 94 and 237) and Adelaide Grove stop (on Uxbridge Road with bus 207, 228, 260, 283 and 607) and there is meter parking in the vicinity (free on weekends) and bicycle racks in front of Cathnor Park.