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Formosan Tea Bar

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128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

I wasn't so sure about Formosan at first, it's hidden away, off the main street down one of Oxford's many allies. Had I not known what laid ahead, chances are I would have never walked down that street. Formosan Tea Bar is a charming little place, and a great location to get some bubble tea and relax. The tea is... More 

Thank Tyeth D
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

I stepped into Formosan after following some rather convoluted directions, but I am so glad i did. Arriving inside the venue, you are greeted by the most serene atmosphere and decor. the staff are so helpful. The drinks are very refreshing and i cannot recommend highly enough.

Thank Plummie85
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

It's a bit too sweet for most people's tastes but the care that the staff take and the end product is worth the wait. I've never sat down inside the restaurant - whenever I've had the hankering for this sort of tea it's usually because it's hot outside and it's a refreshing drink to have.

Thank Denise P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

I'm a big fan of bubble teas and I try them out wherever I am, but honestly this is the best and most authentic tea I've ever had. They let you try first if you're not sure what to go for. The atmosphere is great, so is the design. I live 30 miles away but try to come at least... More 

1 Thank Ewa U
Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Found this place quite hard to find, it's up a pretty dodgy looking alley. The bubble tea is not bad by British standards but not on level with the absolute best you can get here.

2 Thank Deaka M
FormosanTeaBar, Manager at Formosan Tea Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you had difficult time to find our shop. It is at the end of Wheatsheaf Yard. You could find our swing board on the High Street at the entry of alley way between Virgin Money and Chealsea Building Society. Alternatively, you could also come from St Aldate’s, our swing board is at the junction of... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

Absolutely love this place, so chilled during mid week & I find I can get lots of work done, the staff are also always so friendly. I personally don't like to go over the weekends as I find it has a different vibe due to being very busy, however the tea is and will always be of great quality anytime... More 

Thank Jerry S
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

Excellent, friendly service and delicious teas! I was offered samples without even asking for them and they were all very nice - slightly sweet with the option to add more syrup.

1 Thank jlegs1
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Just the best place, I often frequent formosan, my new favourite being jasmine green tea lemon and pearls :), so tasty and refreshing. Always trying to convert my friends to become bubble tea fans.

2 Thank AnnaR0se93
Oxford, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

I love popping down here to curl up with my book and enjoy a bubble tea. It's often frequented by people with laptops, and those on their own so if you're looking for somewhere quiet to chill out this is the perfect place :)

Thank pippiitz
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

My boyfriend and I come here every weekend and usually can't leave without buying two bubble tea's each. They're simply amazing and there are various different types. If you're in Oxford definitely pop in and try their bubble tea. I end up taking four on the train to see him.

Thank Bonnie L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, Asian, Taiwanese
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: 441865200911
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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