Local Business Heroes - The Cardamon Tea Lounge

Master tea blender Izabela opened the Cardamon Tea Lounge to share her passion for the finest teas, but she has also managed to create a little oasis of calm in the centre of Colchester. Colchester Life visited one of our absolute favourite places for a cuppa, and asked Izabela to explain her vision.

Izabela has been interested in tea for seven years and since those very first few months she has been planning the details of her own tearoom. Now she has made her dreams a reality in the charming Cardamon Tea Lounge.

After many years travelling, including 3 years running a vegan restaurant in Barcelona, trilingual Izabela arrived in Colchester 11 years ago. She set about enhancing her knowledge of tea, which she believes has beneficial health effects, and has studied with the likes of Jane Pettigrew, tea historian and consultant, and Tim Clifton, Chief Taster of the London Tea Company.

As well as numerous varieties of tea the lounge also serves absolutely delicious healthy brunches and light lunches, juices, smoothies, milkshakes, cakes and pastry treats. Everything is served in a delightfully quirky and attractive way, and is very reasonably priced.

For Izabela, just as important as sharing her passion for tea, has been creating a space which is child-friendly and in this regard also she has done a fabulous job – the cupboard under the stairs has been transformed into a special little den, perfect for little ones to play in. There is also a child-sized tea table and chairs, and great facilities for baby-changing and toddlers upstairs in the pretty bathrooms – Izabela really has thought of every detail to allow parents and carers to have a peaceful five minutes with a soothing brew, knowing the children are happy too. As Izabela says, every visit is just a little magical!

The tea lounge holds tea tasting events every first Monday of the month and regular Alice in Wonderland themed tea parties. All the details are on the website here: http://www.cardamontealounge.c...

And for Colchester Life card holders, spend £15 or more and Izabela will give you a 10% discount!

Make a date for tea, at the Cardamon Tea Lounge, 44 St John's Street, Colchester. (01206 504180)