We are informed by the managing director of the Tea Palace that the following item – written on the basis of personal inspection of the Notting Hill premises and discussions with the person who answered the telephone at the number given on the company’s website on the afternoon of 27 March – is substantially incorrect
We are now told that, contrary to the information given to us before:
a) the new central London branch, at a location shortly to be made public, is going ahead; and
b) that Westfield had, in her view, nothing to do with the Notting Hill closure.
The mystery of who it was who gave us the earlier incorrect information is sadly unresolved.
Notting Hill tea-specialist the Tea Palace has shut up shop, and its plans to open a replacement in central London have been shelved. The company’s teas, however, are still available online.
The strip of west London shops in which the café/restaurant was situated currently has a number of vacant retail properties. A spokeswoman for the company said that it had particularly been hit by last autumn’s opening of the Westfield shopping centre, in nearby Shepherd’s Bush. It was always evident that the timing of the Westfield opening was unfortunate . Tea Palace, however, would seem to be the first obvious resulting casualty.