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Formosan Tea Bar

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128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
+44 1865 200911
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Today
11:00 - 19:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Sat 10:00 - 19:00
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Met my Asian friend who was dying to take me to try bubble tea, and said Formosan was the best. Tucked away, it was a tiny little place. The fact there were Asians and Westerners both working and visiting, made it feel very welcome. The menu was very informative - great for me as I had never tried bubble tea... More 

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Thank Nathan B
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This tea place is hidden in an alley along High Street. It seems like a small place but has a calm and soothing atmosphere. A good place to escape to, from the busy main streets and crowd of tourists. I enjoyed the tea (without the bubble, just a personal preference), but think it is on the pricey side, but it... More 

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Thank yc1984
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Writing this review is making my mouth water I love this place so much. It's down a small alleyway but don't be put off by that, make an effort to go here - you won't regret it. The teas are incredible, definitely the best bubble tea I've had as it's proper, rather than artificial rubbish you find at other bubble... More 

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Thank Bonnie L
Philadelphia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Love returning to Formosan again and again. Freshest teas and a great atmosphere to relax and study.

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Thank snapshotjourneys
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

I love the peaceful atmosphere at Formosan, and the kind and friendly staff, but the tea that they serve is the real draw, they use quality natural ingredients to produce a great range of delicious teas, that are much better than others that I've tried.

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1 Thank NimClem
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

I wasn't so sure about Formosan at first, it's hidden away, off the main street down one of Oxford's many allies. Had I not known what laid ahead, chances are I would have never walked down that street. Formosan Tea Bar is a charming little place, and a great location to get some bubble tea and relax. The tea is... More 

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Thank Tyeth D
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

I stepped into Formosan after following some rather convoluted directions, but I am so glad i did. Arriving inside the venue, you are greeted by the most serene atmosphere and decor. the staff are so helpful. The drinks are very refreshing and i cannot recommend highly enough.

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Thank Plummie85
Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

It's a bit too sweet for most people's tastes but the care that the staff take and the end product is worth the wait. I've never sat down inside the restaurant - whenever I've had the hankering for this sort of tea it's usually because it's hot outside and it's a refreshing drink to have.

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Thank Denise P
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

I'm a big fan of bubble teas and I try them out wherever I am, but honestly this is the best and most authentic tea I've ever had. They let you try first if you're not sure what to go for. The atmosphere is great, so is the design. I live 30 miles away but try to come at least... More 

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1 Thank Ewa U
Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Found this place quite hard to find, it's up a pretty dodgy looking alley. The bubble tea is not bad by British standards but not on level with the absolute best you can get here.

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3 Thank Deaka M
FormosanTeaBar, Manager at Formosan Tea Bar, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear you had difficult time to find our shop. It is at the end of Wheatsheaf Yard. You could find our swing board on the High Street at the entry of alley way between Virgin Money and Chealsea Building Society. Alternatively, you could also come from St Aldate’s, our swing board is at the junction of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, Taiwanese
Meals
Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Delivery
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128A High Street, Oxford OX1 4DF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 200911
Description
With a great compassion for ancient Chinese tea culture, we carefully source all of our tea leaves directly from one of the best tea-farming regions in the world - Taiwan. Back home in Oxford, we adopt the authentic brewing process so we can take British tea drinkers to the next level of appreciating teas as part of their daily routine. They certainly make a hard day easier!

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