Fore St. is without a single doubt my favourite part of Exeter. It has so much character and it is occupied by a strong community of shop/business owners who are all driven to make this a hub of independent retail in Exeter. It is the home to the Glorious Art House Cafe and many other excellent places to eat and drink, and it has recently acquired its very own Craft Beer Shop in the form of Hops and Craft which we visited last week.
To add to the eclectic and varied mix of shops we can add Artisan Chai, a business that specialises in hand-made Chai tea. The brainchild of Derry Tydeman, he and his mother Rosie are the owners of The Glorious Art House Cafe which just happens to be across the road. Derry became frustrated with the poor tasting commercial chai teas that were available when buying for The Glorious, and set about creating his own home-made version. Now they grind the ingredients themselves, all hand-made in Devon and have started selling it in their own tastefully designed shop.
The end result? A Chai tea, cheaper than Whittard’s version and much nicer. And not just Chai. Earl Grey and other loose leaf teas will be available to buy from the little shop located in McCoy’s Arcade along with all the ephemera needed to keep the most expecting of tea-snobs happy.
Head over to www.artisanchai.com and see what its all about. You can buy their amazing teas online too. Fancy serving it in your own establishment? Then they can supply wholesale. Fancy sitting in their big red chair and reading a book? You can do that too. They’re really a very friendly bunch.
They are officially opening tomorrow (6th November 2015) so please go and visit, buy some tea, say hello and relish the Chai.