New – Jasmine Green Ice Tea

This is a nice scorching summer and what better to chill the old beans with but this lovely jasmine ice tea we just invented yesterday. Made from top quality organic jasmine green tea we have added only a bit of sweetness and a zest of lemon to make this lazy summer’s day infusion. You can have it in the shop or on the move, for £2.50.

Thurbo oolong – the taste of gold

All the way from the borders between Nepal and Darjeeling in India this is a unique tea, exclusive to Tchai-Ovna which we discovered on our recent excursion to India for the spring harvest (first flush) season. Darjeeling is more famous for its high grade black tea, but this oolong variety from the Thurbo is really really special. It has the fresh floral taste of a tea picked early in spring with the characteristic Darjeeling subtle sweetness, however left to brew for longer, the taste gradually develops and matures into something that is perhaps best described as the taste of gold. It becomes full bodied, rich and complex whilst still retaining it’s floral freshness and subtle sweet, yet pleasantly lingering after taste. We reckon it would not be far off to say this is the best tea in the world.

You can buy this lovely loose leaf tea at Tchai-Ovna for £12 per 50g or in a pot for £4.60 and it will suit another infusion.  It will be on line soon. As this is an Inkster’s label tea, 1/3 of the packet price will be donated to refugee charities.

Thurbo Oolong Tea

Swap til you drop – 18th May

13177084_608024539350071_1432362166032008438_nTime to spring clean those wardrobes and revamp your look without spending a penny… it’s swap til you drop!
Look out clean, gently used garments that you no longer wear, and bring them along to exchange for something new-to-you.
Think clothes, shoes, accessories & jewellery.
Items can be dropped off on the 17th & 18th of May.
For each garment donated, you will be given a token which can then be swapped for whatever else catches your eye. Everyone welcome 🙂


New card facility

So the last card facility was destroyed when the building was struck by lightning 10 years ago. We took that as a sign that the gods were against it…. Well we’ve just got one installed and as of last Tuesday we are now accepting card payments – hopefully lightning won’t strike twice.

Fresh from Darjeeling

First Flush

First Flush premium Darjeeling bud from the borders with Nepal

Co-Owner Martin Fell and friends are fresh back from beautiful Darjeeling, India, with tasty new discoveries and a nerdy amount of tea know-how. There’ll a couple of amazing new first  flush teas coming to youz soon!

Darjeeling tea

Darjeeling tea


Inksters Select Tea

In last year’s struggle to stay open against pressure presented by a notorious building developer, Inksters Solicitors represented Tchai-Ovna and the community, doing a lot of the work for free. In return, we have happily agreed to creating Inksters Select Tea, a project that represents Inksters continuing commitment to the community.The aim of Inksters Select Tea is to introduce high quality, rare and exclusive teas to its clients and to Tchai-Ovna’s clients. These are specially selected by co-owner and founder Martin Fell; who has almost two decades of experience in the industry. Launched at Christmas 2015 with an exclusive high grade Chinese oolong, Gui Hua, Martin has recently returned back from a tea excursion to Darjeeling with some discoveries of fantastic high grown Indian tea originating from the border with Nepal.

Even the cat likes it!

Swipii now accepted!

We’re currently trying out a loyalty system called Swipii… It’s easy to use (come down and we’ll explain it) and you can get all kinds of fun rewards.

Each visit gets you five points, and the points can be traded in for the following prizes:

  • 20 points (just four visits) gets you a free green tea of your choice.
  • 25 points (five visits) gets you a pot of yogi chai.
  • 50 points (ten visits) gets you a dahl, chilli, curry or falafel.
  • 100 points (twenty visits) gets you a meal for two with tea.
  • 250 points (fifty visits) gets you a lovely gojou tea set.

Please note – each time a prize is claimed the counter resets.

So come down and try it. It’s worth a swipe!