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The Gilded Teapot is an independent tea shop and coffee specialist in Dorset’s county town of Dorchester (you can find us nestling in an old tobacconists in the Tudor Arcade) with founder Jo Davies at the helm.

Our aim is to bring you the finest loose leaf tea from around the globe directly to your teapot – and we take great care with where they come from. We source thoroughly, working with independent growers alongside some of the greatest fair trade and organic estates in the world today.



Dorset based Tea Hunters

The Gilded Teapot was founded in 2010 in Dorset by Jo Davies. Inspired by her love of tea, Jo opened The Gilded Teapot, a tea shop in an old tobacconists in her home town of Dorchester. Tired of the usual mass-produced offerings in teabags, she set out to hunt down the finest loose leaf tea from around the world, and wanted to create a business that celebrates craftsmanship, provenance, and exploration.

“I love hearing about people’s first tea and coffee experiences – be it trying Tibetan tea with butter, sipping Moroccan mint in a marketplace, or a thimbleful of dark thick Turkish coffee.

Here’s my earliest tea memory I’d like to share. It isn’t especially glamorous or exotic, but it is the one that has stayed with me the most:

My family have always been big tea drinkers, and my Grandparents ran a hotel – my brother and I used to run around in the kitchens during school holidays, and once we went to the Cash and Carry on their usual supply run (we loved riding on the big flatbed trollies). My Grandparents bought an industrial sack packed full of tea bags, and this particular one was having a giveaway – do you remember those dolls called Trolls? The ones with the hair? Well, there was one of these trolls in the tea sack, and one of the guys in the kitchen gave it to me. I must admit, I wasn’t really into the Trolls – but I loved this one. Because this Troll was different. This Troll’s hair smelled of tea.

I’ve now been in specialist tea for ten years. The most memorable and truly great parts have to be meeting the growers, sampling the harvests from the new seasons, and tasting something you have never seen before that takes your breath away. There is always something new to learn, share, and taste”.


I have been using The Gilded Teapot for many years. As someone who thinks that the flavour you get from a proper loose-leaf tea rewards the extra bit of effort required, I love the blends that Jo and her team have to offer. The service is great, and there's always a little personal note which makes you feel valued as a customer.

Phil & Karen Vatter, Suffolk, UK.



Call into our Dorset tea shop for personal advice from our Founder Jo Davies and the team at The Gilded Teapot, and enjoy our free tastings and take-away service. Why not pop in and try one of our Matcha Lattes..?

The Gilded Teapot, No 1 Tudor Arcade, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1BN United Kingdom
Telephone: 01305 268210
Telephone: Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm


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