Tea lovers rejoice, for the world’s most exclusive purveyor of luxury teas and France’s oldest tea house, will be opening its first UK tea Emporium – Mariage Frères Covent Garden…
Set to open in September, Mariage Frères Covent Garden is set to offer the largest collection of teas in the world, from vintage and rare to fruit and herbal, all in a beautiful retain space. Aswell as a place to purchase tea, you can also visit their tea museum, find out more about their teas and hire our two private event spaces.
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The ground floor of Mariage Frères Covent Garden will be dedicated to Comptoir de The, an expansive tea emporium which will feature the longest tea wall in the world. This will see almost 1,000 different varieties of tea displayed apothecary-style in antique black canisters on floor-to-ceiling shelving. Prices range from £5 per 100g to £110 per 100g depending on the rarity and origins of the tea.
Other products, all beautifully packaged, include an assortment of tea-flavoured and tea-scented items such as signature fragrances, incense and candles, confectionary, gift sets, distinctive teapots and teacups, books, strainers and tea paraphernalia. A selection of freshly brewed Mariage Frères teas will also be available to-go alongside freshly prepared sweet and savoury pastries.
Up a level on the first floor will be the Salon de The where you can dine on a whole host of delicious dishes crafted by Head Chef Felix Richard, using tea as a delicate ingredient, spice or flavouring. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, dishes include houmous-style butternut squash and Vert Provence® tea with shrimp and orange zest, chickpeas and pomegranate glaze; Thai style seared beef tartar with coriander and Lune Rouge Tea, dark chocolate gateau flavoured with Black Magic Tea, wrapped in gold leaf with a fleur de sel caramel core and red currant coulis.
The Musée du Thé on the second floor of Mariage Frères Covent Garden will showcase tea antiques from around the world. Hand-illustrated oak and beech tea chests, pewter tea boxes, Chinese furniture made of carved wood, caddies, cannisters, teapots, old archives and an array of curiosities will line the walls providing a fascinating insight into the history of tea.
The third and fourth floors of Mariage Frères Covent Garden will house two private rooms, accommodating up to 30 seated and 50 standing, one with its own terrace; as well as a trade showroom.
Mariage Frères has been operating out of the Marais district of Paris since 1854 when it was founded by brothers Henri and Edouard Mariage. Its exceptional reputation, specialist tea salons across the world, gourmet products and unique Cuisine au Thé concept has created an iconic French brand favoured by haute couture fashion houses, supermodels and celebrities.
The brand is currently stocked in Selfridges and available in London restaurants and hotels such as The Rosewood, Claridge’s, and Hide. Products are also available to buy online.
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