And last, but by all means not least, what better way to polish off your meal than with a nice cup of tea...... Hope & Glory tea
At the end of your meal at The Royal Oak at Paley Street, you can now get the Hope & Glory Tea menu.
I love tea. In real life I am a committed builder’s tea drinker and the stronger the better. I don’t mind if a cup has stewed for so long that it’s flat-lined at room-temperature and has to be brought back to life in the microwave.
With Hope & Glory, you have eleven organic teas to choose from including some – Organic Chaquoing – for instance that I simply wouldn’t know how to pronounce and so would never order. Each tea has a little biography and suggestions about how to prepare it. (Not one of them mentions a microwave, can you believe it?). I ordered Organic Assam.
Your tea arrives in a glass pot with three attendant egg-timers already counting down the seconds to your desired strength of tea. I was a bit reluctant to allow an egg-timer such authority, but I was here for the experience, so I accepted the ‘5 min strong’ timer as my overlord and with time on my hands, googled Assam tea.
It turns out that Assam tea (along with Ceylon) is usually in English Breakfast tea, so I was hardly striking off into the abyss here, tea-wise, and I found that comforting. A strong cup of Assam tea, it turns out, is a lot like builder’s tea in a dainty cup. Best of all, I had a whole pot to myself and after ten minutes it was perfect (but don’t tell the egg-timers). I’d go full Assam again. A great way to round off a meal.
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