It might sound strange that the UK celebrates National Tea Day on 21 April, because quite frankly, when are we Brits NOT singing the praises of a cuppa? Either way, it’s a great excuse to honour a good brew and Bristol has plenty of places you can do just that! If it's Afternoon Tea you're after, be sure to check out our definitive Bristol guide to this quintessential English pastime

Watershed Cafe Bar

Cross-artform venue Watershed’s Café/Bar has an ethical, sustainable approach to food and pride themselves on their Plot to Plate policy, with products sourced from people they know and trust in the South West, including their tea! It’s also located slap bang on Bristol’s buzzing Harbourside and you can watch boats to-ing and fro-ing from their the al fresco terrace when summer strikes.

Pinkmans

At Pinkmans, the tea is as important as the bread and they stock a huge range of bagged and loose leaf teas from Canton as well as Bird and Blend. Pair your brew with one of their delicious sourdough-nuts and you’re onto a winner. Tea-rrific.

Bristol's best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Pinkmans counter

The Folk House Cafe

A cafe and bar inside an adult education centre, The Folk House Cafe creates a warm and inviting atmosphere to enjoy a cup of tea in the bustling city centre. With live events, exhibitions, markets and festivals going on throughout the year, there’s always something to help you while away the hours in this cosy little cafe.   

Café at The New Room

The Café at the New Room prides itself on freshly-prepared, appetising, home-baked goodies, that are ethically and locally-sourced. Delicious Fairtrade coffee and tea, tasty brunches, a daily specials board for light lunches and afternoon tea with tempting bakes. Served up in the unique setting of John Wesley Chapel and Museum -  the oldest Methodist church in the world!

Arnolfini Cafe Bar

Contemporary arts venue, Arnolfini, also on Bristol’s waterfront has a Cafe Bar which opens out onto the Harbour. Their sweet selection of cakes and treats combines perfectly with a cup of tea. In summer, take your brew outside onto the tables and chairs on the quayside to soak up the sun.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Arnolfini outside area

Bakers & Co

The stylish Bakers & Co. on Gloucester Road has become a brunch favourite for Bristolians. Inspired by the farm-to-table San Francisco foodie scene, they are renowned for their homemade sourdough, use of locally-sourced, free-range ingredients, extract coffee, fresh juices, natural wines and it’s pretty likely they make a good cuppa.

Spike Island Cafe

Brought to you by the makers of Bristol’s Folk House Café, at the heart of Spike Island Artspace you’ll find a bright, spacious happy café. Serving organic, free range food, the menu changes daily, but rest assured they’ll whip you up a good cup of char to get you in the mood for perusing some art.

Source Café

Pick your own sausages and bacon from the meat counter for your full English and then wash it all down with a pot of tea. Afterwards you can stock up some of the best and freshest seafood around. For people who care what they eat.

The Epiphany Café at RWA

Housed inside England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, The Epiphany at RWA focuses on high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. Tuck into yummy lunches, wicked cakes and tasty tea indoors or out on the balcony. A great place process the fantastic exhibitions at the RWA.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Epiphany Cafe balcony overlooking The Victoria Rooms

Better Food Cafe

Better Food has three organic health food stores in Bristol, and its Wapping Wharf  and St Werburghs branches both have cafes (the other is on Whiteladies Road). Catering for all dietary requirements, you go for a standard builders’ tea, of opt for all kinds of herbal teas with your preferred milk. Afterwards you can stock up in the health food store on all sorts of teas that tickle your fancy.

Heartfelt Vintage

This quirky little tearoom in Clifton makes a lovely venue for a tea party celebration and even a bit of vintage shopping. Their Afternoon Tea Sunday Sessions are accompanied by live jazz or swing from local, vintage-inspired musicians. Spend a 'crafternoon' making bunting, fascinators or flower crowns for a classy hen party or be pampered with their relaxed massage or vintage makeover packages.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Heartfelt Vintage

The Courtyard Café at Ashton Court

Housed in Ashton Court Mansion’s former stables, the café has recently revamped its menu to focus on organic whole food, quality teas and coffees and healthy treats for kids. It’s very dog-friendly if you’re over here walking your pup and the views back across the city outdoors are lovely.

Caffe Clifton

Caffe Clifton is a sweet littly garden café and part of the Clifton Hotel. Plonked next to the side of the road, it’s a great place to watch passersby go about their business. Come here for exotic loose-leaf teas provided by Bristol based ATTIC’s teas, indulgent cakes, gluten free options and light bites.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Teas at Caffe Clifton

Papadeli Cafe/Deli

Sit in this buzzing Clifton deli amidst shelves of beautiful foods with your heart-warming cuppa and watch the world go by. You might as well indulge in one of their legendary brownies while you’re at it…and some of their artisan cheese…oh and a cheese toastie, because they're darn delicious!

Cupp

Cupp’s founders brought bubble tea to Bristol in a little Citroen H van after falling in love with Taiwan’s national drink, the 'drink that you chew'. They’ve since upgraded to a shop on St Stephens Street, plus converted shipping containers, which can be found in Cabot Circus and Wapping Wharf. The latter being the perfect place to slurp up your tea, chew tapioca or discover the sensation of popping bubbles next to Bristol’s Harbourside.

Bristol Tea Company

The Bristol Tea Company is an independent company offering a range of finest organic and Fairtrade loose leaf teas and herbal infusions from around the world. While they don’t have their own tea shop to stop and taste their wares, you can buy their tea from Bristol’s Tourist Information Centre or at our online shop.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Tea from Bristol Tea Company

Bird and Blend

Self proclaimed expert tea mixologists, Bird and Blend’s mission is simple - to make people happy with tea! Stocking everything from loose leaf, bagged and powdered teas to mugs, infusers and strainers, you can find everything you’ll need to make your perfect cuppa in this Park Street shop. They even do a monthly subscription box for those of you with a serious taste for tea.

Bubbleology

Bubble tea, a Taiwanese staple, has taken off in the UK recently, and Bubbleology are bonafide pros. Served with or without milk, hot or cold, with fruit, syrup or sometimes coffee and toppings (which go in the bottom), it’s best to go in with an open mind and experience tea like never before!

Spicer and Cole

Predominantly regarded as a coffee house, Spicer and Cole work closely with their loose leaf tea suppliers, Waterloo Tea, to ensure each cup is brewed to perfection. They’re obsession with quality means they guaran-tea ‘bliss in every sip’. Look for their branches just off Queen Square, Gloucester Road and Clifton Village.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

Image - Queen Square, Bristol

Bristol Guild of Applied Art

Locally known as The Guild, this privately owned department store-cum-gallery on Park Street has been open as a place for artists and craftspeople to come together and sell their wares for over 100 years. Now operating as a more conventional shop, you can pick up beautifully crafted teapots, mugs and more to help you make a tasty tea at home.

Boston Tea Party

This Independent cafe chain lays claim to a number of spots in Bristol – Gloucester Road, Park Street, Stokes Croft, Clifton, Cheswick Village and Whiteladies Road. They all differ slightly in their offering – the Gloucester Road one is a favourite with local parents thanks to its gigantic back room (once a skittle alley) and toy selection, while Park Street is frequented by hoardes of students from the nearby University of Bristol. Last year they banned single use cups, asking customers to bring their own, buy one onsite, or borrow from their ‘loan scheme’, so you get your tea to go in a brightly coloured vessel with your eco-conscience intact.

Milk Teeth

This mellow cafe-turned-store is a great place to curl up in with a steaming cup of tea. Inside you’ll find a simplistic interior – a collection of old tables and chairs, an old piano, cakes and sandwiches on the bar and a coffee machine. Staff here are cool and kind and they occasionally host open mic nights. The perfect place from which to watch St Paul’s life pass by.

Cox and Baloney

This vintage-style tea room has got tea parties down to a (G&)Tea. Their Gin and cheese evenings include three flavours of their own tea-infused gin (TeaGin) - lavender flower, forest berry and orange blossom, or spoil yourself with a teacup cocktail on Pudding Club night. What’s not to love?

Tiffany’s Tea Room at the Grand Pier

Sip tea in a English seaside town, a quarter-of-a-mile out to sea with views over the Bristol Channel, Mendip Hills and Wales. This Edwardian-style tea room in Weston-super-Mare does a tasty cuppa, afternoon tea, sandwiches, fish and chips, yummy cakes and more.

Bristol’s best brews: where to find the best tea in the city

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