The Samovar is also a Gallery and I particularly admired this abstract by *Linda Cabrol
Last Saturday I visited the historic city of Ely in Cambridgeshire with a friend and we had lunch at the delightful Samovar Tea House on Fore Hill. This is a unique and cosy cafe to stop for a drink or a snack, with a great selection of homemade cakes. All the food is freshly prepared to order, and there were 170 varieties of loose teas available to drink in, take out or take home! Unusually for a tea house I noticed it was possible to reserve a table, which bears testament to the popularity of this cafe.
The Samovar Tea House also sells a variety of tea ware and accessories, cards and gifts. The walls double up as a small art gallery showing a select range of reasonably priced artwork on display and for sale.
Granny Apples says – ” I couldn’t resist buying some loose Redbush Organic tea and a pretty tin to take home. Charming and stylish with a great atmosphere this tea shop is well worth a visit if you are in the Ely area. Highly recommended.”
What is a Samovar? A samovar is simply a traditional device used to heat water for tea. The word ‘samovar’ in Russian means ‘boils itself.’ Samovars can be found in homes throughout Russia and other Eastern European nations, as well as in Central Asia.
A samovar is usually made of metal (some decorative samovars are made of other materials) and has an electric heating element. A spout near the bottom of the samovar releases boiling water. These devices are so typical in Russia that even trains offer water for tea being kept hot in a samovar, and their large capacity gives special emphasis to tea drinking being a communal and social activity.
Samovar Tea House, Tea Shop & Gallery
23 Fore Hill
Phone: 01353 662160
Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm
https://www.facebook.com/samovarteahouse.co.uk (with thanks to Samovar for the use of some photos from their facebook Timeline )
*Linda Cabrol – Abstract Artist http://www.lindacabrol.com