Tea World in Blackpool is fast becoming Red Rose County’s must-see transcontinental hangout, combining this most beloved British pastime with a hint of ‘je ne sais quoi’ to add a bit of multiculturalism and news. languages ââto the mix.
Opened by Dee Janic and Mark Hallett earlier this year, the fantastic new tea and coffee shop sits below Dee’s foreign language teaching business, Language 4 Life School, which she founded in 2009 after come to Blackpool from her native Poland, where she had previously worked. as an English teacher.
âMy partner and I were looking for a new location for the Language 4 Life school and we came across Simon’s Plaice, the old chip shop,â Dee explains. âWith Covid-19, the majority of my classes had moved online, so we didn’t need as much space and, because we like to travel and go to cafes to try different drinks and local dishes. , we decided to open Tea World.
âWe wanted to give Blackpool the experience of international food and drink in a pleasant setting,â she adds. âI wanted to link the two professions in a subtle way, so – if you wish – you can practice a foreign language with the members of the staff.
âIf you don’t want to, that’s fine too, you can come and relax and enjoy.
âWe also have cakes and teas from different countries so you can come to us and feel like you are on vacation, especially now that we can’t travel as much as we would like.â
A talented linguist in her own right, Dee is herself a fully qualified interpreter who specializes in private lessons of Chinese, Polish, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
Reflecting the multilingual skills of its owner, Tea World’s international roster of baristas carries the flags of the nations whose languages ââthey speak to encourage patrons to come and say the odd hola, ciao, or hello.
âOpening up during Covid was a bit of a challenge but, with the restrictions lifted, I think things should get easier,â Dee said when asked how the Tea World launch went. . “It’s like that; you just have to adapt to the circumstances.
âAnd the response from customers has been very good – everyone is coming back with more friends, so it’s really exciting to see everything getting busier,â she adds. âPeople have embraced the multicultural side of things as well.
âMy partner and I absolutely loved it. This is a new and exciting adventure and we are really trying to establish ourselves as a quality cafe offering exceptional product and service with a smile.
âWe want to be a meeting place that has something for everyone. “
With nearly 40 tea variations available worldwide as well as theme days where the cafe introduces customers to new drinks and foods from various countries, âsomething for everyoneâ is truly the mantra at Tea World. But they also know how to keep it local, using suppliers in the Northwest, including Lathams of Preston.
âIn the future, we would like to expand and open another Tea World and possibly franchise it,â says Dee, with Tea World currently offering table service while in the process of obtaining their liquor license and to redo the garden at the back. âThere is a lot of pride in the company because I love it when people come in and start speaking different languages.
âIt doesn’t matter where you come from, what you do or who you are, you can come and have fun and be yourself,â she continues. âIt gives people the chance to mingle and make new friends.
âThat’s what we need after all the blockages, really. “