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Formosan Tea Bar

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128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
01865 200 911
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
For Tea Lovers!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Ann L
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Alnwick
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Alnwick
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Bath, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Love this place, highlight of my week is popping in for my usual almond milk with pearls. Ive tried a few bubble tea establishment but nothing really compares ( they're usually too sweet and artificial compared to Formosan). Staff are always super friendly and are happy to help. Theres no stress or rush, its a hide a way from the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Formosan is a brilliant little tea shop. I'm now on my fourth loyalty card and go twice a week for my green tea with milk; nothing improves a bad day like some bubble tea from here. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the staff are great and really knowledgeable. Also, the bathroom is really cool.

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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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