Former Post Office is a first class tea shop

Rebecca and Julie English at the Birdhouse Tea Company in Nether Edge
Rebecca and Julie English at the Birdhouse Tea Company in Nether Edge
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A mum and daughter have been praised for boosting a Sheffield suburb’s shopping experience after opening a new store selling all manner of unusual tea blends.

Rebecca and Julie English opened their Birdhouse Tea Co in the unit which used to be the post office in Nether Edge.

Residents and councillors were ‘concerned’ when the post office moved to Abbeydale Road amid scores of objections, but the arrival of the tea delicacy store has been welcomed.

The store offers teas from across the world, as well as several bespoke blends made on-site, including Sheffield-inspired Kelham Island blend and a Full Monty breakfast tea.

Nether Edge councillor Nikki Bond said: “I’m really pleased to see Birdhouse Tea Company in the old Nether Edge Post Office. I have known them since they were trading at Porter Brook Deli in Sharrow Vale Road, and then at the Moor Market, and now they are really going to continue to boost the vibrancy of the area.

“When the post office closed at the beginning of the year, there were some concerns about the impact this would have on the local area.

“However, The Birdhouse Tea Company is one of many new businesses in the Abbeydale and Nether Edge area that are helping to promote it as a thriving place to live and shop.”

Rebecca, aged 26, is from Mosborough but chose Nether Edge to open her first store because of the area’s strong community feel.

She said: “We source tea from all over the world, including several rare teas which are normally sold only in China, and we have about 50 which we blend ourselves.

“We have seven teas dedicated to Sheffield, including a smoky tea called Kelham Island and a very strong breakfast blend called Full Monty.”

The store also offers unusual creations like strawberry laces tea and a blend based on Black Jack sweets.

Rebecca added: “We have also got teas dedicated to the Peak District, including Muddy Boots which is a chocolate tea, and a whole range on the theme of ‘sunrise to sunset’, which has been carefully thought out.

“It’s going well. We have only been open a week but have had a great reception.”