Hull City Centre has a new place for taking a load off, tucked away from the hustle and bustle yet very easy to find if you know where to look.
Liquid Jade celebrates the many tastes and health benefits of loose leaf tea, complementing it with amazing cakes, scones and other sweet treats. Owner Claire Buffey really did find an amazing spot for her independent business, as this relaxing and friendly tea bar is located in what used to be the art rooms of the former Trinity House School, which is now part of Zebedee's Yard.
Loose leaf tea is a wonderfully warming drink that comes in a huge variety of flavours, from traditional choices such as Earl Grey to the more fruity, refreshing and full bodied. A gigantic chalkboard gives insight into why tea is so good for you, such as anti-oxidant properties and helping to promote a healthy sleep pattern. And don't worry if you don't fancy tea, as there's a selection of great coffee options on offer as well as a range of cold beverages, making it a great place for families too.
Claire and her team really put the effort into making the old art rooms bright and welcoming by painting every inch, adding tasteful dÃ©cor and even creating an attractive outdoor seating area. Whilst the antique mirrors, handwritten boards, fairy lights and wooden adornments give off a traditional vibe with a modern twist, the many pieces of classic record sleeve artwork on the walls add life, excitement and a touch of rebellion.
It's great that this area of Hull City Centre has opened up to the public after decades of only being used by students, teachers and visitors to the old school. You can access Zebedee's Yard, which includes a sizeable car park, via archways on Posterngate, Princes Dock Road and Whitefriargate (next to Boots). Liquid Jade trades Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Zebedee's Yard is open seven days a week (cars via Posterngate), with parking charged at £1 per hour for a maximum stay of three hours, and £1 for three hours on Sundays. Once the management costs of the car park have been met, further income will go back into the local education sector via the Hull Trinity House Charity.
Make sure to pay Liquid Jade a visit as soon as you can. One day they even had courgette and lemon cake, which was absolutely fantastic with a hot ginger tea. However, if you're looking to detox, try a dandelion infusion, or if you need an energy boost, mint is the one for you. Simply tell the smiley team what you're in the mood for and they'll whip up the perfect solution in a charming teapot. Can't beat a brew that's good for you!