Specialist teas and whole lot more to greet you in the cafe at Abercrombie

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Abercrombie cafe opening

Refreshing teas, a robust coffee and plenty of tasty treats to be enjoyed in the new cafe in the Abercrombie Atrium


With an ever changing menu, a fascinating selection of teas and a bespoke coffee blend, the Café in the Abercrombie Atrium is the new place for a bit of luxury on the Gipsy Lane Campus.


You won’t go hungry here

Each day the menu rotates to reveal a varying selection of tasty treats. All the sandwiches and focaccia toasties are freshly prepared on site. The quiches are made from free range eggs from Witney and organic milk from a local dairy farm. Plus to control those sweet tooth cravings, there is a good selection of desserts and cakes – these include vanilla bean cheesecake and triple layered chocolate fudge cake.

Tea for two and two for tea

Traditional afternoon tea is also served and has to be one of the best ways to add a little luxury to your Oxford Brookes day. Afternoon tea for two includes a choice of tea, finger sandwiches (including the old faithful egg and cress), a scone served with local jam and Cornish clotted cream, and a choice of cake. All for the very fine price of £12.50 for two.

Who knew there were so many teas?

Builders won’t know where to go when it comes to choosing their tea in the Café.  From Black Assam Breakfast Tea (the closest to builders’ tea) and the classic Earl Grey through to luxurious herbal teas such as whole flower chamomile and flowering Osmanthus. The Osmanthus flower in Chinese medicine is believed to improve complexion and rid the body of nitric oxide. To get the perfect brew the teas are served individually in a tea-iere and delightful fishbowl-like cup.
All the teas are supplied by a company called Jing. As well as Oxford Brookes University these teas can be found in a small selection of high quality eateries, including Heston Blumenthal’s flagship restaurant the Fat Duck. The ethos of the Jing brand is to source high quality teas from across the globe and serve them in bespoke glassware to enhance the tea drinking experience.

The tea pickings of the bunch

Darjeeling 2nd flush – ‘The champagne of teas’ a light crisp and refreshing brew. The 2nd flush refers to time of harvest, which occurs in June before the monsoon season.
Jasmine Pearls  –  Comes from Fujan China, this has to be the best looking tea. This green tea is hand rolled and scented with Jasmine flowers. As this tea infuses the flower opens as it brews.
Whole Chamomile Flower – Unlike the bags you buy in the supermarket this is the real thing when it comes to relaxing with a warming and soothing cup of this herbal favourite.

Coffee lovers don’t worry

For those who prefer the darker side of hot drinks. The Café boasts a bespoke Brazilian blend of coffee. The coffee company Eros has provided the Café with a robust and full bodied blend. The blend is perfect for kick starting your day or pulling you out of a post lunch slump. Eros is a fairtrade coffee supplier and purchases its coffee from a number of cooperatives and farmers from all over the world.
The Café is just the first stage of Oxford Brookes’ evolving hospitality experience. There are another five new food and drinks spaces being created in the Headington campus redevelopment project. Picture yourself using the new building by taking a virtual tour of the New Library and Teaching Building.