What: Tea Sutra Tea House (ティー スートラ)
Where: Newcastle City Centre (Directions)
Open: Mon-Sat 11.00-20.00 (Last Orders 19:30)
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Newcastle can sometimes be a stressful place and everyone needs to unwind from time to time, and what better way than with a nice pot of tea in a relaxing setting? That’s exactly what you get at Tea Sutra, conveniently placed in the heart of Newcastle, they serves over a hundred different types of tea from all over the world, including a large Japanese collection, as well as vegetarian and vegan food and savouries.
Tea Sutra is set a few floors above street level in an inviting open space with huge windows that light is allowed to flood in through. Large green plants compliment the Asian style seating and hanging lights add a dreamy quality to the space. The two real stars of the setting though are the huge wall of tea, tea pots and tea related products that adorn the wall behind the bar and the large Zashiki sitting platform. The Zashiki features traditional floor seating with floor level tables as well as a selection of reading material on Asian culture.
There are almost too many teas to choose from on the menu but that means there’s always a new type to try whenever you go. Each tea is served in a different fashion depending on its variety ranging from infusion tea pots to elephant and camel shaped pots. Tea Sutra is a haven for tea enthusiasts, serving everything from familiar English tea to Sencha green tea, although it’s also worth checking out even if tea isn’t your thing, as you’re bound to find something that you can enjoy in this beautiful city centre relaxation spot.
There is also a selection of gifts available, including the previously mentioned elephant tea pots, as well as being able to purchase the various types of tea to take home. In addition to their tea services there are a range of treatment and therapy sessions available from acupuncture and massages to hypnotherapy, full details can be found on the website. Various special events occur in Tea Sutra including an open Japanese conversation group, Thursdays (6-8pm,) and a Closed Japanese conversation group for Newcastle University Japanese students only, Tuesdays (6-8pm), expect a feature on the open conversation group in the near future.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy Japanese (or any other kind) of tea then you couldn’t find a more relaxing place than Tea Sutra.