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Formosan Tea Bar

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128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
441865200911
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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
Yes!!!!! Real bubble tea!!!

The Misses and I had been gasping for a decent bubble tea since we left China earlier this year. You have to hunt to find this place as it's down a little alleyway but............. ..................This is the best bubble tea I have had in the UK! Highly recommended! Staff know what they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The Misses and I had been gasping for a decent bubble tea since we left China earlier this year. You have to hunt to find this place as it's down a little alleyway but............. ..................This is the best bubble tea I have had in the UK! Highly recommended! Staff know what they are talking about and will let you have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Ever since I left Vancouver I've missed the delight of having bubble tea. You can imagine my delight then on discovering a bubble tea paradise in Oxford. Tucked in a narrow alley between High Street and Blue Boar, it is a cozy oasis with a simple, calming interior. My favourite tea was the jasmine lemon which reinvigorated my system, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The bubble milk tea was wonderful. Great service. Savor the taste of Taiwan milk tea with reasonable price.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

...unlike the very colourful garish bubble tea places you sometimes find in other cities, where bubble tea has lots of additives and sugary add ons. There are plenty of natural and healthy options here

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 441865200911

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, 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 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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