Welcome to Tchai-Ovna!

Tchai-Ovna House of Tea cosy home of over 80 loose-leaf teas from around the world. Tea has not only been our passion but our journey and way of life for over 20 years. It is our pleasure to help you on your journey through the very special and magical world of tea. This website will not enable to purchase tea from our dedicated online shop, but to learn a little about who we are and the culture surrounding tea  Enjoy!

All our teas are carefully sourced and we source ethically where possible.

UPDATE: 27th September: We just passed our Covid inspection with flying colours. Apart from ticking all the boxes the inspector was particularly impressed by our intercom system and new lay out as well as online booking system. We so very happy to provide a comfortable and safe shelter to weather these challenging times.

Online Shop

Our aim is to represent as much of the world and culture of tea as possible. We stock teas which are well known, lesser known and rare gems, and we have collected and created, tried and tested amazing and unique tea recipes.  We also stock some beautiful tea ware so that you can prepare and enjoy our tea in the comfort of your own home.

 Visit our Online Shop

Wholesale

If you run a business, enterprise or you simply would like to buy our teas in bulk, why not contact us at shop@tchaiovna.com or here to enquire into our wholesale prices, terms and conditions. We already supply the many places including: Made Guid, Dumbarton; The Steamie, Argyle Street; Monchyl Mhor Hotel, Balquidder;

About Us

Tchai-Ovna House of Tea is Scotland’s first speciality tea house, stocking and serving over 80 carefully chosen, high grade loose tea. Many of our teas are ethically sourced, Fairtrade, organic and direct sourced. Through the 20 years, 360 days a year and 12 hours a day, we have collected and perfected traditional chai recipes – all blended in-house (Yogi Chai,Desi Chai etc.) and invented our own recipes (Fairies Blood, Honey Spiced Tea etc.).

We also (usually )have an eclectic menu of vegetarian and vegan food to match our tea when you visit us, and a busy schedule of events – from gigs to poetry readings. All this will be return once the Coronavirus situation has passed.

Tchai-Ovna is more than just a shop, veggie restaurant and venue – it is a way of life and part of the fabric of the local and world community. When you purchase a packet of our speciality tea, you are not just buying some tea, but you are experiencing a special and unique culture.

To find out more about us, our history and culture please see the blog page.

Blog

Events

From the very first day of our foundation, we have striven to provide a busy, fulfilling and entertaining program of events. Check them out here on our events calendar. We will be hosting both physical events when it becomes possible (2020) and online events.

See our Events

Where, when and how?

We exist online and as a physical entity!

Find us: from Kelvinbridge Underground, head up Great Western Road, crossing the bridge, then turn left down Otago Street. The shop is located down a cobbled lane called Otago Lane, the last left before Gibson Street.

Tchai-Ovna House of Tea, 42 Otago Lane, Glasgow G12 8PB, (0141) 357 4524

Opening Times 

Monday closed

Tuesday-Sunday 9am-6pm (sitting in, retail and takeaway)

  • Take away will be available every day from the veranda entrance
  • Relaxing Veggie breakfast 9am-12pm every day  Breakfast Menu
  • Retail tea and tea ware is available every day
  • Our opening times will be reviewed and will change according to  ongoing developments. We will let you know. 

Tchai-Ovna Takeaway Menu

Abbreviated Menu

Covid policy

By law we have had to introduce strict measures for your safety and for our staff. 

  • Entry into the premises is only allowed if you are wearing a good quality mask covering mouth and nose, worn at all times except whilst seated. If you turn up without, you can buy one from us for £2, we can bring it to the door. 
  • We accept mask exemptions for health reasons with a valid exemption card. 
  • We operate a track and trace system, which we hand write into a dedicated book. The details are not put online or shared with any third party and are disposed of after 21 days. Our policy is that one of each party must give their full name, telephone number and email address/home or work address. 
  • There is an intercom system for entry which allows us to manage your table properly and due to the layout of the shop aids social distancing. 
  • As a result of Covid-19 restrictions we are operating at 2/3 capacity, it is no longer possible to share tables with different groups of people so booking in groups is encouraged.
  • Only two households are allowed to share a table at one time. 

 

 

Bookings

Book a Table

Welcome to Tchai-Ovna’s pre-booking system. Amongst other things, due to the impact of the coronavirus we have had to reduce our capacity. For this reason we are encouraging everyone who want to come and chill out again in our tea shop to prebook using this online booking system in order to make sure you get a table and don’t have to wait too long. The good news, though, is that after long last we can see you all again for some lovely tea.

  • Booking slots 1.5 hours and require a £10 deposit person which is then refunded when you arrive.
  • You can alternatively place a booking by phoning the shop 01413574524 within our opening hours.
  • Bookings must be made at least 1 hour in advance of the desired time.
  • If you would rather just walk in, that is still possible but please be aware that priority will be given to reservations.

When you place a booking you can request a table, and if it is available then we will try to get it for you. For smaller bookings we will prioritise smaller tables,  and for larger bookings we will prioritise larger tables. Just for reference table 3 is the Zen den and table 6 is the fireplace.

We are really looking forward to seeing you again!