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Leaf on Bold Street

Rakhi Sinha recommends sweet tea and philosophy

Written by . Published on August 30th 2011.

Leaf on Bold Street

“TEA is drunk to forget the din of the world,” said the Chinese philosopher and lover of a good brew, Tíen Yiheng.

LeafLeafCouple a cuppa with a comfy seat in Leaf and you’ll do just that.

The independent tea shop and bar sits alongside other cafes, alternative boutiques and bohemian food shops on Bold Street, but brings its own vibe to the area.

Leaf began life as a small tea shop run by friends on Parliament Street in the city centre. After gathering a loyal following and hosting popular club nights, it was time for an expansion and in 2010, they moved to their current home. It’s fitting that the beautiful art-deco building that houses Leaf also used to be a tea room back in the 1920s.

Spread over two floors, the café bar hosts vintage markets, live music and club nights. It also serves up food and hundreds of varieties of tea, including these wonderful sounding concoctions; Flowering Dragon Eye Tea (£2.50) and Oriental Splendor (£2.40).

 They even manage to make a bog-standard cappuccino (£2.30) more appealing by topping it with real chocolate shavings.

Downstairs are comfy seats and long wooden tables where the cool kids can spend time glued to their Macs. Upstairs is a gallery space which sees regular open mic and quiz nights.

Sdc13399 This month Leaf will be holding a series of events and in conjunction with the Matthew Street Festival. Check out their website¸ www.thisisleaf.co.uk, for more info.

Leaf on Bold Street

65-67 Bold Street


L1 4EZ

0151 707 7747



Rating: 15/20

Food: 7/10

Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4/5


Venues are rated against the best examples of their kind: fine dining against the best fine dining, cafes against the best cafes. Following on from this the scores represent: 1-5 saw your leg off and eat it, 6-9 get a DVD, 10-11 if you must, 12-13 if you’re passing,14-15 worth a trip,16-17 very good, 17-18 exceptional, 19 pure quality, 20 perfect. More than 20: Gordo gets carried away.



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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jonathan GardAugust 30th 2011.

Great place, great staff and very reasonable prices for food.

The upstairs room is the nicest place for a comedy gig/music open mic night I could imagine.

And in case anyone is worried, you can get a 'proper' drink there too!

AnonymousAugust 30th 2011.

Point of information: Leaf began life as the in-house tea shop at Static Gallery on Roscoe Lane, THEN moved to Parliament Street.

Phew. Glad that's sorted.

Andy PandyAugust 30th 2011.

I like the funny reviews better, yours are boring - sorry!

AnonymousSeptember 21st 2011.

You gave the food 7/10 but there's no mention of it in the review.... Was it good? x

Angie SammonsSeptember 22nd 2011.

I'd ask Rakhi Sinha, but I don't know who he/she is.

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