A Celebration of Tea onboard Cutty Sark
April 25, 2012
Harbour & Jones, working in partnership with the Cutty Sark Trust, will be celebrating the British lifelong love of tea with an exciting menu at the recently opened Even Keel Café. The wide variety of teas on offer include smoky Russian Caravan, aromatic Earl Grey, muscatel-flavoured 2nd Flush Darjeeling, and two special Cutty Sark inspired blends of Twinings loose leaf tea; ensuring there’s a style of tea to suit every mood. The café will be paying homage to this ancient tradition, serving tea in style through its ‘tearista’ academy. “Tearistas” are being trained to do for the leaf what baristas have done for the coffee bean. Staff at the new Cutty Sark café will learn the ins-and-outs of the drink, generating excitement and interest in this forgotten art.
The café beneath the hull of Cutty Sark has stunning views of the ship’s prow through the glass roof and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Harbour & Jones has pushed the boat out to create a nautically themed menu for The Even Keel Café inspired by life at sea and the trade routes followed by the ship. The Hot Clipper lunch features dishes such as Malay curry with steamed rice, Portuguese fish stew with crusty bread, and South-East Asian warm noodle salad. The cold Square Meals might include a dish of Cornish mackerel, beetroot, horseradish and salad leaves, or British cured meats with cheddar, plum chutney and salad. All served on square plates as befits the naval tradition. The cakes and biscuits are homemade and include our signature “ship’s biscuit”, chocolate and sea salt caramel brownies and sticky marmalade and Cutty tea loaf. With sandwiches, salads and ice creams to complete the menu, the café will offer a square meal for any intrepid sailor.