Good and Proper Tea — Leather Lane, London
I can't visit London without heading for Good and Proper Tea. You might remember how much I love it from my post last year, if not — you'll soon find out.
Last time I visited the little store at Old Street, but that no longer exists. I headed to Leather Lane where the shop is much bigger, and decorated perfectly. The vibe is great, really chilled and relaxed — with an atmosphere that people seem to respect as soon as they enter. It subtly echoes traditional Japanese tea house styling, but not too heavily as to feel out of the ordinary. It's a really comfortable space with greenery and lamps that make you focus on your tea and really appreciate the experience.
My last visit saw me tasting a coconut matcha latte for the first (but not the last) time — but this visit tempted me to order a straight up matcha. It was then that I realised, despite the amount of the stuff I drink, I'd never actually had a matcha made by someone else.
It was pretty damn perfect. Super green, and tasted so clean and fresh. My next batch is definitely going to be bought from them. Whisked perfectly with no clumps and a perfect 'faux crema' I just sat and sipped.
The amount of teas available is just ridiculous — no-one can go in and say that they 'don't like tea'. There really is something for everyone! I love that they sell little sample packs for £1, meaning you can try crazy variations without breaking the bank.
This quote by Emelie, the founder of G&P, sums it all up—
“An imported culture of skinny lattes and frappucinos-to-go has meant coffee has dominated our high streets for over a decade. And yet, though tea has remained the nation’s favourite hot drink, the quality on offer when we are out and about is more often than not distinctly average. That’s what I wanted to change, by offering fellow tea-drinkers the same quality experience that my coffee-junkie friends currently enjoy.
A Good & Proper cup of tea….finally.”
Another first taste for me was the matcha and lemon cake they had available that day. It was awesome — some people think that green tea in a recipe is crazy, but it didn't taste as you might expect. Think lemon drizzle cake with a slightly savoury taste to it…
You can find the recipe here — I need to have a go at making that buttercream!