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Formosan Tea Bar

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Taiwanese
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128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
01865 200 911
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Today
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Coffee & Tea
Description: With a great compassion for ancient Chinese tea culture, we carefully...
With a great compassion for ancient Chinese tea culture, we carefully source all of our tea leaves directly from one of the best tea-farming regions in the world - Taiwan. Back home in Oxford, we adopt the authentic brewing process so we can take British tea drinkers to the next level of appreciating teas as part of their daily routine. They certainly make a hard day easier!
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic little find

Great bubble tea place ; bit small so limited seating but definitely worth a visit. Helpful staff offer samples to make sure you pick the best tea for you. Free WiFi too-cant go wrong!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Essex
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Great bubble tea place ; bit small so limited seating but definitely worth a visit. Helpful staff offer samples to make sure you pick the best tea for you. Free WiFi too-cant go wrong!

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'm sure real tea connoisseurs have had bubble tea, but this was my first time. It was unique...and surprisingly filling, it was like eating a drink! I went with my husband and our friends who are locals who frequent Formosan, and we took recommendations from them. I had a hot Jasmine bubble tea, also my first time trying Jasmine tea...I... More 

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Alnwick
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7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was a new experience for us and we loved it. It is advertised as selling 'only tea, no coffee' and they were right! As tea lovers and from the North (nothing wrong with that!) we have not come across a tea bar like this before. The young lady who served us was extremely helpful and offered us samples as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

some of my friends are not keen on the bubbles but I love the cold jasmine tea with the tapioca balls. The seating area is lovely too a bit of a different place to try to escape the coffee shop chains

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

So I'm so addicted to the sesame milk tea. It's fascinating watching them make everything as well (looks like a laboratory behind the counter & everything is sooo precise). Only criticisms are my tea coast £4.95 (steep) & they sometimes struggle when they're busy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We used to go there with my friends over the course of two years (while studying in the college nearby) and Formosan is truly one of the best places in Oxford. It is quite small, so it's better to go there not during "peak hour") My personal top two choices were: hot black tea with raspberry jam and tapioca (pearls)... More 

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Oxfordshire
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58 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This tea shop is down a narrow dodgy looking alley on the High Street. It is an Oriental tea shop with an assortment of authentic Asian teas (warm or cold) which you can have in different combinations with milk or tapioca pearls. They don't do food. The service is very friendly. They explain what is possible and give you samples.... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I randomly stumbled upon this little gem and decided to have my first bubble tea ever, as it looked quite authentic. I wasn't wrong. The lady was very nice and had me sample two before I bought one the black tea with milk and pearls. It's quite fun to watch them make it. The only downside is needing cash for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I absolutely love it here. Everyone is so friendly and the teas are delicious. I wish the drinks were a bit less expensive but hands down my absolute favourite place to relax and unwind. A real treat!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Formosan is the first bubble tea bar in Oxford. Best place for having a relax and for studying as well. They serve only the traditional style bubble tea. No artificial things! Taste amazing!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 01865 200 911

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Taiwanese

Description

With a great compassion for ancient Chinese tea culture, we carefully source all of our tea leaves directly from one of the best tea-farming regions in the world - Taiwan. Back home in Oxford, we adopt the authentic brewing process so we can take British tea drinkers to the next level of appreciating teas as part of their daily routine. They certainly make a hard day easier!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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