Going Out For Tea

Tea is hot – if you’ll pardon the expression – and it seems a pretty good bet that it’s going to get even hotter in upcoming years. As interest in tea has surged in recent years there has been a corresponding increase in the number of tearooms and teahouses where we can go to enjoy it. According to some sources, the number of tearooms just in the United States alone has increased more than tenfold in the last decade.

So where do you go if you’re heading out to drink tea? Here are a few useful resources to help you on your way.

Great Tearooms of America
A directory of more than 2,000 tearooms from around the United States, Great Tearooms of America “provides the location, opening hours, photographs and other helpful information to tearooms where you live, work or travel.”

TeaMap
Another directory of tearooms from around in the United States. A searchable database that includes customer reviews, rankings and more.

Tea Room List
Yet another directory of tearoom listings from around the U.S. Courtesy of The Tea House Times magazine.

Best Brewed Beverage Bets
From restaurant guide Zagat and the makers of Equal, comes a “guide to the top places across the nation for coffee and tea specialty drinks.”

Top Tea Places 2008
If you’re headed across the pond or you’re already there, you’ll want to make use of this online tea directory, provided by the UK Tea Council’s Tea Guild.

National Trust Tea-rooms and Restaurants
A listing of more than 140 British tearooms and restaurants, all of which are operated by the National Trust.

TeaGuide
“The original directory for enjoying tea wherever you are: USA, Canada, England, and over fifty other countries around the world.”

Benjamin Press
For those who prefer their tearoom directories in print, Benjamin Press publishes The Great Tea Rooms series and Tea in the City series of books.

Check out William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks, for more great articles!

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