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Cafe brews up championship cuppa
Cup of tea (generic)
The winning cafe brews up with loose tea leaves only
A cafe in Cumbria that bans tea bags has been named as the best place in the UK to get a cuppa.

The Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery, in Grange-over-Sands, was voted top by the UK Tea Council.

Their annual award rates venues on criteria from decor and crockery to the variety of teas on offer.

The winning entry serves up only loose-leaf tea and its owners have travelled to Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia to source the best leaves.

Ian and Dorothy Stubley, both aged 49, have run the cafe for the past 22 years.

Mrs Stubley said: "We always use loose-leaf tea which is single estate and seasonal.

"Tea bags are a no-no simply because you get a better brew with loose leaf."

The Tea Council gave awards of excellence to 38 other tearooms around the country.

Claridge's was earlier named the best place to have afternoon tea in London, as venues in the capital are judged separately from those elsewhere.


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