Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

We’ve made a few trips to Birdhouse Tea’s new cafe over the past few months and I have to say that every time we’ve gone, we’ve left feeling nourished, happy and full of delicious food! Plus, we’ve had bags and bags of new tea to take home and try, which is always a bonus.

We first discovered Birdhouse a year or two ago, when we popped into their lovely shop in Nether Edge. Upon hearing they were opening a cafe, and after seeing their incredible Insta shots, we were excited to try it. It was being described as a tea-lovers paradise, with fantastic veggie and vegan food. We had to try it out for ourselves!

If you aren’t aware of Birdhouse – where have you been?! They are a Sheffield based company that specialise in loose tea and they blend lots of innovative and beautifully crafted flavours. They supply tea to what seems like hundreds and hundreds of cafes and restaurants, and I’m very glad they do. Although Augustinas is your guy for coffee, I much prefer a tea. Whenever I go to a cafe and see that they stock Birdhouse, I know I’m in for a treat.

The Vibe

Their tea bar and kitchen is nestled in a converted cutlery factory, giving it that perfect exposed-brick, hipster, zen feel. You can find it in the cultural industries quarter, not far from the main train station. I love the style that is commonly found in their area of Sheffield and in Kelham Island. You have to enter a little courtyard to find it, and from there you can access their tea-shop, take away brewing station and cafe.

At the bar they have home-baked goodies – catering for vegans and non-vegans alike. We tried chocolate “scotch eggs” recently and they were freaking incredible.

Isn’t it just beautiful? The perfect place for a weekend brunch with friends. Plus the staff are super friendly and fun, which always makes a difference!

Whilst we were at Birdhouse, we spotted 3 friends having afternoon tea which looked beyond good. Definitely something to keep in mind for a special occasion, because it was served beautifully and the food looked incredible.

The Tea

Before lunch we picked up a few bags of their loose tea. We grabbed Aztec Chai, Yorkshire Rhubarb, Duchess Georgiana and Vanilla Bean. The Aztec Chai is my favourite, it tastes delicious on its own or with a dash of oat/soy milk. Birdhouse also do a Sheffield-themed range which is fab – with names such as ‘Full Monty’ ‘Seven Hills’ and ‘Kelham Island’ (not sure I’d want to know what Full Monty tastes like!)

You can buy from their shop or order a brew with your food. It is served beautifully, in dainty see-through cups and saucers.

The Food

And now on to the food! The first time we ate there, we had a mixture of vegetarians and meat eaters, so it was great to see the full extent of their menu.

We tried the:

  • Vegan Full English – £8.50
  • House Pancakes – £7
  • Buddha Bowl – £8
  • Full English – £9.50
  • Earl-Grey Glazed Ham and Cheddar Sandwich – £5.25

What a spread! I had the vegan full English, which had amazing scrambled eggs (tofu!), vegan sausages, mushrooms, grilled tomato, wilted spinach, fried potatoes, beans and bread. Totally satisfying, tasty and I’ve never had tofu used in that way before so it was something new for me. The meat full English looked equally great, for any meat-eaters out there.

The Buddha Bowl really gives you a chance to get creative. You can choose any four grains, pulses or salads, plus a dressing and then it’s topped with a super-seed sprinkle and beetroot hummus. Plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options all round. A bowl full of goodness!

Now for something sweet and indulgent. Augustinas had these stunning pancakes, which really were a work of art on the plate. We couldn’t stop looking at them and taking pictures! They tasted as good as they looked. Beautifully fluffy pancakes, served with coconut blossom syrup, blueberry compote and whipped coconut cream. Simply stunning.

As you can see, they didn’t last long!

Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen also have a range of tea-based cocktails and sharing deli platters for later in the evening, which we are dying to get back and try.

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Verdict

Ethically sourced, artisan tea, top-quality veggie/vegan food and all served in a beautiful setting, with attention to detail nailed on. For a newly opened cafe and kitchen, you’d expect teething problems. There really were none with Birdhouse. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, the food was delicious and they are offering something that little bit different. Would definitely recommend for a special lunch or as a way to enjoy a long and lazy morning.

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Ellie!

Review of: Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

Alsop Fields, Sidney Street, Sheffield, S1 4RG

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