In recent months I’ve started to venture off the high street to seek new spots for lunch. Like a lot of people, I sometimes find it easier to go to where I know & order the food I’m sure to like. However, as I’ve started to eat out more, I’ve realised that there’s so much more in the city centre than the usual high street chains.
After being recommended to me, I decided to go to The Mystery Tea House with a group of friends. I found it hard to find initially; I’m sure if I wasn’t looking, I’d have probably walked straight past it! Inside was busy but we were greeted by friendly staff who told us there was more seating upstairs.The décor was rustic, the wooden tables & chairs gave it a cosy, relaxed feel. There were also sofas for those who just want to pop in for a cuppa tea.
The menu had loads to choose from and much of it is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and there are gluten-free options too. The main thing that stuck out was that it seemed extremely affordable. The options included toasties (you can choose your own ingredients and add a salad), plus a page in the menu dedicated to delicious looking salads, hot pots, soups & wraps. After a lot of debate, I decided to go for the warm chicken wrap. We all chose different things so it was interesting to see what it would all be like.
Ironically, I am not a tea drinker but there were over four pages of tea blends to choose from with every combination imaginable. At the front of the shop, the shelves are lined with glass jars filled with loose tea that can be bagged up to take home. If you went there every week for a year, you probably still wouldn’t have tried them all. The tea is served in beautiful traditional teapots with a small pot of honey and a little dish of lemon slices on the side. There’s also a selection of tea ware for purchase. The staff convinced me to give it a go next time as they absolutely believe there is a tea for everyone.
The food arrived quickly; it all looked delicious and came in very large portions. My chicken wrap tasted amazing. It was filled with huge chunks of well-seasoned chicken and a variety of roasted vegetable pieces with a garlic yoghurt dressing. The salad was also very good; topped with tomato, cucumber and cubes of feta cheese.
One of my friends ordered the warm chicken salad and asked for bread on the side. I’m not usually one for choosing salads for lunch because I always find myself jealous of everyone else’s food or leaving hungry. However, there is no doubt that I will be ordering it next time. The salad certainly didn’t fit the stereotype of a bowl of leaves and a couple of tomatoes. The leaves were topped off with a huge portion of chicken, sautéed mushrooms, aubergine, tomato, peppers, cucumber & onion. She said it was one of the best salads she’d ever eaten.
We were all too full to try the desserts but I saw a lot being served to different tables & they looked great (especially the chocolate cake).
I can’t recommend this place enough. The Mystery Tea House is certainly a hidden gem and a clear favourite to those who know about it. I personally had an amazing experience there and I know for sure that I will now become a regular.
The Mystery Tea House,
23 Cannon St, Preston
11am – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday
12pm – 4:30pm Sunday