The Fourteas was originally created by a husband and wife partnership. Ian and Rachael met whilst stage managing shows at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and little thought, when they first became friends, that one day they would have a family, house and an idyllic 1940s Tea-Room in Stratford Upon Avon! They wanted a theatrical theme to the Tea -Room and the 1940s was a time when people came together and made most of what they could source locally, using pure ingredients! It seemed the ideal Period. Good quality ingredients produce great products and when that end-result is also offered to the Public with a huge dose of good old-fashion personal service, then Success should be expected! The Fourteas Concept was up and running in no time. Success, naturally followed!
Then, as the years passed by, it was time for Zenios to take over as the new owner of the Business. Zenios is a born Hotelier. He started his Professional Career at The London Ritz followed by a period of brilliant Top Managerial posts in Five Star Hotels in the Mediterranean. His heart however, was left at The Ritz which marked his service standards ever since! Zenios prefers to call himself an Hotelier not a Manager! He is more of a Host, not an Administrator, and his visitors are treated as guests rather than customers!
The Fourteas is Zenios’ big love! Although, to some the Tea- Room is a thing of the past, he has developed and enhanced Rachael and Ian’s original concept to that of what it is today. A sheer pleasure for all the senses. Good hearty Food, the best Tea and Coffee in town, pleasant and amicable Staff and a nostalgic Forties Ambience which is obvious the minute somebody enters the Lounge! A unique, different product with masses of a character which cannot be found in today’s modern chain Cafes.
The Fourteas is here to stay! We are grateful to you, our guests for your keen support which, in our turn, we like to share by supporting local Charities and by actively participating in almost all the Town Events. We passionately maintain that original Forties lifestyle of people coming together, to celebrate the love for good, simple things that Life may be holding for them! In the Fourteas, we are constantly in celebration of Life!
The Fourteas is honoured to be the winner of the Best Café/Bistro in the West Midlands in the Food Awards England 2017 and 2018 and a finalist in the Best Restaurant Category at the Coventry and Warwickshire Cultural and Tourism Awards 2017. The Fourteas won the Touch FM Pride of Stratford Town Outlet of the year award 2012. The Fourteas is also honoured to be featured on the Stratford-upon-Avon Monopoly board.
We are also very proud to be again listed in the Lonely Planet Guide 2019.
We are proud of the Teas we serve and in particular THE FOURTEAS BLEND which is a unique Blend exclusively created for us!
The Blend consists of only the finest, high grown fruity Ceylon and a rich and smoky Keemun from China. It is delicious with or without milk and has been tested many times over with selective light bites and above all with the full Afternoon Tea to which it has become an essential accomplice.
All of our tea is supplied by The Golden Monkey Tea Company – an independent tea merchant that carries over 50 different types of fine fresh tea. We use about half of them to the delight of our Connoisseur Guests who are presented with a huge choice.
The teas are made only from natural products and have been ethically sourced. The Golden Monkey Tea Company was started in November 2008 and since then it has been selling delicious teas and fabulous accessories from all over the world. The idea for the shop stems from a long passion of its owner Maria, for tea and its history and the realisation that few traditional tea merchants still exist in Britain.
The tea plant is an evergreen that mainly grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates, although tea is now also successfully being cultivated in Cornwall. It is now grown in 51 countries. Good quality tea requires no less than 50 inches of rainfall per year and is grown at altitudes of up to 1500m (5000 feet).
China and India are the biggest tea producers in the world and account for 50% of the total production.
All tea varieties, including Green, White, Oolong, Black and Pu Erh, come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. It is the production process used after picking and the percentage of oxidation that determines the variety of tea it becomes. For example, green tea is 0% oxidized (remains green) and black tea is 100% oxidized (it becomes black).
In most cases, when picked in an orthodox way (by hand), only the top 1-2 inches are picked, which consists of the bud and one or two leaves. Often, the newer the growth the better the tea. Especially the first picking of the growing season is considered (the highest quality and is) the most priced. This is known as the first flush. It can take up to 10 days for the plant to produce the second flush.
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