The Apothercary is a wonderfully unique shop in Canton. It sells complementary therapy items, specialist tea & teaware, gifts and homeware. Their loose leaf tea selection includes teas from PekoeTea, Baraka Teas, Suki Tea and Tea House Emporium which are all great tea companies. I have been meaning to visit for quite a while but for one reason or another I haven’t been able to. Due to customer demand they recently announced on their social media that they would be opening a tea room. This really excited me knowing the teas they were likely to serve. I was really pleased to receive an email inviting me to pop down for the launch party to see the tea room before it opens officially tomorrow.
The tea room is situated in a separate room off the shop meaning you must walk through the shop to get there. This is a really nice set up as you get to spy all the tea trinkets and other lovely bits on the way past.
The tea room it’s self has a really nice feel. It’s laid out with a stylist tea bar to one side and tables to the other (as it was a dark day I couldn’t really get a photo which did it justice. I’ll leave it to you to visit and see what the tea room looks like). There is also a small outside area so I imagine this would be a lovely place to sit on a fair weather day. The tea room feels light & airy and I really like the way that teapots are used in the decor. The teapots on the wall come from Morgen Hall who have their workshop just down the road in Chapter. The teapots are all test pieces that were donated to the tea room for decoration. This is such a nice touch!
The loose leaf teas that are sold in the shop are also on offer in the tea room. There are some teabag teas available as well and it really does feel as if everyone has been catered for. We tried a tasty Malawi White Peony from Baraka Teas. It was served with a sand timer and in a teapot where you press a button when it’s ready and the water passes through to become separated from the leaves. I really liked this as with my arthritic hands I can have trouble removing infusers on occasion. Looking around the room they have lots of different styles of infuser teapots in use. I also noted that they were using bottled water which I appreciated as I don’t really like Cardiff tap water in tea because it is too hard. I think the tea room is a perfect addition for the Apothecary as customers can use it as a way to try teas before buying. It’s cheaper to buy a teapot of brewed tea rather than a entire bag if you are unsure. It also means customers will be able to see how to brew them and how to use the teaware. Also, I can see that tea room visitors would pick up other items on the way out. I was very tempted by the teapot contraption I used and may buy one on my next visit.
As part of the festivities Frantastic Crepes were serving up treats such as banana and Nutella crepes. I had a little chat with Fran and was interested to learn that she is a vegan chef who cooks for Clancy’s and has a stall at Riverside Market monthly amongst other projects. She will be supplying some gluten free vegan treats to the tea room.
Cupcakes from Cup and Cake Bakery, cake from Pwdin Cart and vegan treats from Naturally Kind will also be available. These are all local small businesses that I already support and this shows the thought and quality behind the tea room.
I can’t wait to go back when the tea room is officially open next week and indulge in some good tea and cake. Although Cardiff is a thriving place for tea there aren’t many close to Canton. I like the mix of great tea, local businesses supplying the cakes and local makers items being used in the decor as it reflects the friendly nature of this independent tea room.