I’m all for tea and have always preferred a delicate cup of tea to a harsh mug of coffee. I’ve known about the Good & Proper Tea brand for a while but this time the crumpets got me through the door.
Crumpet History Lesson
Crumpets are an Anglo-Saxon invention. An early reference to them comes from English Bible translator John Wycliffe in 1382 when he mentions the "crompid cake". The early crumpets were hard pancakes cooked on a griddle, rather than the soft and spongy crumpets of the Victorian era, which were made with yeast.
Their tea van can be found parked up at Brockley Market on Saturdays and their teashop is situated in a more central part of the city on Leather Lane. I visited on the weekend with my good friend Alice Tucker (Crumpet tasting extraordinaire and all round crumpet-lover) and below is what you can expect when you visit.
The Tea situation
I liken it to a candy shop, but with tea, they cover just about all and the best. You’ll find your blacks, greens, herbal, Matcha, Oolong and white. From Darjeeling 2nd Flush to Hojicha. And Lemon Verbena to Honey Orchid, you’ll find something to love and they’ll be happy to let you sample until you find the right one for you.
On The Table
We started with the smashed avocado, lemon and chilli flakes alongside a classic cheddar and marmite on freshly baked sourdough crumpets. And to drink we had White Peony tea with Jade Tips green blend. This was so good we had it twice over.
The teashop vibe was so chilled that we hung around to test both the Matcha Green Tea cake and Almond, Orange and Frangipane Cake and it hit the spot. At this point, we could eat no more.
Why you should visit
- The tea is brewed to perfection
- Their selection is immense
- The cake compliments the tea
- You can’t beat a crumpet and tea combination
- They know what they’re doing
- Well priced
- Cosy, chilled and oh, so British