AN independent tea shop that is taking on the big coffee chains has bagged a top award.
Tea Monkey in Midsummer Place scooped the Best Tea Award in the Beverage Standards Association (BSA) annual awards.
The BSA has introduced a national grading scheme in beverages from one to five cups.
For the first time, the general public will be able to access coffee shops in the same way as restaurants by seeing how many coffee cups an outlet has been awarded or by seeing if they’ve won an award.
Tea Monkey proprietor Tracey Bovingdon, said: “I’m over the moon.
“This is a fantastic achievement especially as we’ve only been open since March.”
There are more than 40 varieties of tea on offer including more unusual teas such as Kyoto Cherry Rose, Licorice and Organic King Tut Lemonade.
Speciality coffees and hot chocolate shots are also on offer. The outlet also has several iPad stations.