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Independent Tea Merchant and Tearoom ‘All About Tea’ Closes

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‘All About Tea’, a local tea factory and tearoom, closed their store in Middle Street, Southsea on February 12 after six years to make room for 66 student flats. The business is going to move to a factory in Hilsea in summer. Andrew Gadsden, the owner of the store, says this change is the start of an exciting future for his business. The merchant is going back to importing, blending and packing products and selling tea online, including the popular Portsmouth Tea. This does not mean that an over-counter service is completely out of the question but for now, the focus will be on the factory.

Although the ‘All About Tea’ tearoom was loved by many and will be missed in Middle Street, there are lots of alternatives in Portsmouth where you can enjoy your cup of tea. Here are three suggestions:

  1. ‘The Parade Tearooms’ is located in Southsea on the Common, you can enjoy a hot drink with sandwiches, lunch, cake or a nice breakfast while having a great view of the park
  2. ‘The Tenth Hole’ is a café with a globally-inspired menu including breakfast, brunch, sandwiches and light meals. As the name suggests, ‘The Tenth Hole’ is part of a golf pitch. So if you want to have fun playing golf with friends before relaxing in a nice café this is the place for you.
  3. ‘Like a Tea Tray in the Sky’ offers a small but delicious menu including tea cakes, cake, sandwiches and of course hot drinks. The special thing about ‘Like a Tea Tray in the Sky’ is that the tearoom is decorated in the style of the 60s. Therefore, if you would like to enjoy food that is up-to-date in a vintage atmosphere you should check out ‘Like a Tea Tray in the Sky’.

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