Tea Inc. Devizes
Should you venture from the beaten track you'll find our beloved Shoppe tucked away in a quiet alley called The Ginnel in the friendly market town of Devizes. There, in a slightly crooked old building, we opened our doors in December 2014 and have created a "home from home" for tea lovers, a doily-free, non-stuffy, quirky environment we are proud of (and slightly in love with!).
We have over 80 loose leaf teas and the list is growing, so visit us if you want to look beyond the teabag and (re)discover loose leaf tea, which is a thing of beauty when properly prepared and served with a smile and a little geekiness. And if you're not into tea (yet) we have delicious coffee too!
We also have cakes and scones which complement beautifully all our teas and are freshly baked by our local heroes Louise & Matt from "Happy Food Company" or if you're peckish our homemade light lunches are prepared by us daily from 12 o'clock in our pocket-size kitchen.
Yes, everything is spatially-challenged / diminutive / cosy but we learned to adapt and to use every little nook and cranny and to work with the little quirks of such an old and characterful building.
Come with your family or friends, with your doggo or just come alone and if you want a chat we are a friendly bunch or equally if you want solitude then you could have just that, we won't bother you.
Tea gifts and beautiful teaware can be bought from our Gift Shop upstairs so it’s worth exploring and having a browse. But if you cannot visit us in person please visit our online eShoppe and check out everything we have to offer here.
Meet the team
Alan is a food technologist and used to travel a lot for business (this is how he met Ramona but that's a story for another time). The dream of owning a quirky tea place was born in freezing cold, snowy Bratislava in 2006 while stumbling by chance upon a warm, cosy place serving unusual, delicious loose leaf teas and herbal blends... 8 years later, slowly dreaming and brewing this idea, and after a particularly ghastly cup of tea served in a high street chain (luke warm water, teabag and milk together in a cardboard cup was not and never will be a great experience!) he decided that everybody deserves better and it's "Now or Never" time. Fortunately a neglected barbershop tucked away in Devizes' Ginnel was up for sale and, although its diminutive size and sorry state was a little worrying, he decided to make it work. Thus Tea Inc. was born in 2014, and the rest is history as they say... Factoid: Alan is responsible for eating all the Tunnocks teacakes and wafers used to wrap up the famous Tunnocks chair in the Devizes Shoppe and "paving" some of floor in the Marlborough Shoppe. Favourite tea: any good oolong.
Ramona (the other co-founder) is at home in the tiny kitchen of the Devizes Shoppe which is her happy place. She is allowed outside from time to time though. The “BEWARE OF THE CHEF” sign on the kitchen door was made especially for her, although she's fine as long as you feed her cake. She's a Chemical Engineer, having studied Organic Chemistry hence she drew the huge chemical formula for “caffeine” behind the coffee machine to make her feel at home. She's partial to more niche tea brewing methods (Matcha, Kombucha) although she adores her daily "Nellie coffee" - a mean smooth flat white made especially for her by Nellie. Favourite tea? "Please don't make me choose, they're all like children to me". OK we won't ;-)
We couldn't be happier to introduce Elaina (Nellie to our regular customers), who owns the pocket-sized kitchen in Devizes on the days when Ramona is allowed out... She loves and is passionate about cooking and she makes a mean flat white (it's called a "Nellie coffee" if you really want to know). Nellie loves her extended family and they often visit her in the Shoppe for a cuppa and scones. Also Nellie has mastered the ancient art of Matcha whisking and enjoyed filming the whole process for our website eShoppe...several times! Favourite tea: our luscious White tea and Pomegranate.
Meet Alex. Or Scottie. Or you probably know him as the guy that's permanently polite, smiling, saying something clever about tea, or suggesting new and daring tea blends. We know him as the guy that's turning up for work an hour early when he's working and turning up for tea as a customer when he's not :-) He is a huge fan of Star Trek and Dungeons & Dragons. He is probably the only person on the planet to have tried all the teas on our menu. Twice. He makes our happy little TEAm complete, he is our very own tea geek and we can only hope he'll never ever change! Favourite tea? Earl Grey, of course. Hot. Make it so ;-)
This friendly face is Nikki. Nikki started with us in autumn 2020 and is the newest member of the Devizes front of house TEAm - but it feels like she has been here a lot longer. She is polite and hard working and her charm and kind way with customers hasn't gone unnoticed! When she isn't looking after the customers at the Shoppe, she goes geocaching - yes I had to google that ;-) with her daughter Lola and generally enjoying her family life. Her favourite tea is the lovely fruit-fragrant Fireside!
Our Devizes (temporary) Opening Hours
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 10am–4.30pm
Wednesday - 10am–4.30pm
Thursday - 9am–4.30pm
Friday - 10am–4.30pm
Saturday - 9am–5pm
Sunday - 10am–4pm
Devizes Lunch Menu
Our food is a little naughty but always nutritious, comforting, complements our teas and it’s never ever bland.
LUNCH is served 12 – 2 pmDevizes Lunch Menu