Tea house

A tea house or tea room is an establishment which primarily serves tea and other refreshments. Although its function varies significantly depending on the culture, tea houses often serve as centers of social interaction. Some cultures have a lot of great concentrated on the tea of buildings or rooms, which all qualify under the English language «tea house» or the term «tea».


In China and Nepal. tea house (茶館 cháguăn or 茶屋 cháwū ; Standard Nepalese. चिया घर ), traditionally a place which offers tea to its consumers. People gather in tea houses to chat, socialize, and have tea, and young people often meet at tea houses for dates. Guangdong (Cantonese) tea house style are particularly famous outside of China especially in Nepal Himalayas. These tea houses called chálou (茶樓), serves dim sum (點心), and these little plates of food have a number of tea.

In Japanese tradition a tea house usually refers to a private structure designed for holding Japanese tea ceremonies. This structure is definitely room in it where the tea ceremony takes place, called. Architectural space called chashitsu . it was created for aesthetic and intellectual fulfillment.

In Japan during the Edo period, the term «tea house» could also refer to the place of entertainment with geisha or as a place where couples seeking privacy could go. In this case, the institution was referred to as, which literally meant «tea house». However, these institutions only served tea by accident and were instead dedicated to geisha entertainment or to providing careful rooms for visitors. This usage is now archaic. Contemporary Japanese go to modern cafe, called kissaten on main streets to drink black or green tea, and coffee.

In Central Asia the term tea house could refer to Shayhana in Kazakh, Chaykhana in Kyrgyz language and Choyxona in Uzbek, which literally means the bakery. In Tajikistan. The biggest tea house Oriental Tea house or Chinese Tea house, Orom Tea house in (Isfara). On the 15th anniversary of Independence in Tajikistan, the people of Isfara town presented Isfara Tea house to Kulyab city for its 2700 anniversary in September 2006. Tea houses are present in other parts of Central Asia, especially in Iran and Turkey. Such tea houses may be mentioned, in Persian language. as Chay-Khaneh . or in the Turkish language, çayhane – literally, «house of tea». These tea houses usually serve several beverages in addition to tea.

In Arabic-speaking countries, such as Egypt, establishments that serve tea, coffee and herbal teas like karkade are referred to as ahwa or maqha, and are more commonly translated into English as a cafe.


Tea drinking is a pastime closely associated with the British. Tea first arrived in England during Cromwell’s protectorate and soon became the national drink, with tea drinking a national pastime for the British. In 1784 La Rochefoucauld noted that» [t] hroughout the whole of England the drinking of tea is General». Nevertheless, Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford. credited with the invention of afternoon tea. By 1840 it had spread to other parts of English society with the female Manager of the Aerated Bread Company of London, assigned with the innovation of the first commercial public cafe.

Thomas twining opened the first known bakery in 1706, which still remains at 216 Banks, London. In 1787 the company created its logo, still in use today, which is thought to be the oldest commercial logo in the world, which has been in continuous use since its inception. Under Associated British Foods since 1964, Stephen twining now represents the tenth generation of the company. In 2006 Twinings celebrated its 300th anniversary with a special tea and knitted cinity. Twining is a Royal Warrant holder (appointed by the GM or Queen).

There is a long tradition café-patisserie in London hotels, for example, in brown’s Hotel at 33 Albemarle Street. who was serving tea in his tea over 170 years.

In the UK today, a tearoom is a small room or restaurant where beverages and light food are served, often having a balanced atmosphere or suppressed. The client might expect to receive cream tea or Devonshire tea. often served from a porcelain dial and scones with clotted cream and jam – alternative, high tea can be served. In Scotland teas are usually served with lots of muffins, pancakes, (Scotch) pancakes and other cakes. In a related use of the tearoom may be a room, postponed to the workplace for workers to relax and (definitely) take a rest during work breaks. Traditionally employee serving food and drinks in this café / bakery, would call the waitress serving tea. Cafe-confectionery popular in Commonwealth Countries, particularly Canada, with its sharp winters, when afternoon tea is popular. The menu will usually be similar to products in the UK, but sometimes with the addition of butter tarts or other small desserts like nanaimo bars or Pets de sœurs. Tea is usually only consumed in some other Commonwealth Countries or the British way.

Called in France cafe-bakery, cookies and cakes are also served. Seems having a separate tea house was a culture in many countries in Europe. Teehaus one in Germany was particularly famous during the Third Reich era where the German dictator Adolf Hitler used to have his daily walk and tea on Mooslahnerkopf hill near his residence Berghof, in the Bavarian Alps. The tea house was a cylindrical structure built in the woods.

In the Czech Republic the culture of tea spread since the Velvet Revolution 1989 and today, there are almost 400 cafes and confectionaries (čajovny) in the country (more than 50 just in Prague), which is according to some sources the largest concentration of cafes, pastry shops per capita in Europe.

In Eastern Europe countries like Latvia are located at the crossroads of trade routes between Western Europe and Eastern Europe, and tea came from the East and from the West. One example of the mixed tea is a new type of tea room – Club tea culture. For example – a tea club Goija.

Attitude to the temperance movement of the 19th century

The popularity of the tea room rose as an alternative to the pub in the UK and USA during the temperance movement in the 1830s. the Form was developed in the late 19th century, as Catherine Cranston opened the first of what became a chain of Cafes and confectionaries Miss Lincoln to Glasgow. Scotland, and similar establishments became popular throughout Scotland. In the 1880s, fine hotels in both the United States and in England began to offer tea service in the cafe-confectionery and tea courts, and by 1910 they began to take afternoon tea dances as craze of dance, and covered the US and UK. Cafe-confectionery of all kinds were widespread in Britain by 1950, but in the following decades cafés became more fashionable, and a café-confectionery have become less common.

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