Happy Valentine’s Day everybody! It’s the time of year to show your love for your significant other (although I recommend doing this more than 1 day in 365) and do something romantic. For me and Gabby, this obviously had to involve tea. What else?
We’d heard about a place in Liverpool, about 40 minutes drive away, that specialised in loose leaf tea and had a pretty tasty looking lunch menu too. It’s called Leaf on Bold St. (follow the link, it’s a great place) and is found about five minutes away from Liverpool One. So, we jumped in the car, headed under the Mersey and popped up in the city to track down our trendy tea shop target.
Being pretty new to Liverpool, we Google mapped our way through the streets and eventually stumbled across our glass fronted destination. Leaf was much bigger than we anticipated, and popular too! There was even a queue out the door to get a table. Finally though, we got our chance to come in out of the cold and into the bustling tea shop. The room was a sprawl of little tables and communal benches, and was filled with couples, families and groups of friends all chatting away over over good food and drink.
After perusing the ample menu, Gabby plumped for a feta and other things sandwich, with a berry infused green tea named delightfully named Fairy Wings, and I picked out a smoked bacon BLT and a pot of Pu Erh.
Interestingly, all of the 50+ teas that are served by Leaf are their own, and are also available to buy online as well as in store. They have a little corner of the cafe dedicated to showcasing their tins of tea and teaware that is a great way to find out more about what to try, and also pick up something to enjoy back home.
Our food and drink arrived and we got stuck in. My BLT was done in a matter of minutes, the true sign of a good sandwich and so it was on to the tea. I’ve only experienced Pu Erh once before and it was one flavoured with strawberry and hazelnut. The sweetness of that particular tea was not really to my liking, but left me wanting to try an unadulterated variety to experience what this type of tea was really like. Now I finally had my chance.
Leaf use words like strong, woody and earthy to describe their Pu Erh, and I’d have to say I agree with this. Being partial to a strong black tea, I think the robust flavour appealed to me. There was also a softer, almost sweet taste to it, maybe due to a different astringency to black tea which made the tea very easy to drink, and much lighter than its dark colour suggested.
Gabby’s Fair Wings (not a phrase that crops up often) was a blend of Sencha and Chun Mee green teas with notes of strawberry and blackberry. The incredible fruity fragrance, like the Cherry Sencha I reviewed a while back, suggested that the taste might be over-flavoured but in fact it was a soft, grassy taste with just a touch of summery berries.
After we’d finished we went for a browse in Leaf’s shop to see what I could tempt myself with. After much pondering, I ended up picking out a loose leaf, Assam Breakfast Tea. My usual cuppa is an Assam so I’m looking forward to comparing the two to see how they stack up! With our purchase made we were fully fed and watered, ready to head back out into the chilly, February afternoon.
We had a lovely time at Leaf and it’s definitely a place we’d look to go again. It was a nice treat for Valentine’s Day and a great place to visit if you’re looking for an alternative to your usual coffee shop chains.
Have you ever been to Leaf on Bold St.? Or do you have any suggestions on where else we could visit? Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.