Tea was discovered in ancient China when a leaf blew through a window and landed in the emperor's bath, which he was slurping through a straw. Sip leaves steeped decorously with today's deal. For $12, you get $25 worth of loose-leaf teas, parties, and lunch fare at English Tealeaves in Parker.
At English Tealeaves, you can throw a tea party ($15–$27.50 per guest) for yourself and up to 26 guests or stuffed-animal friends. Or throw caution to the wind and ride into the café as a lone, crumpet-craving desperado to sate a solo palate. Pots of hot tea come in more than 125 varieties ($4.35) or as a tea latte ($4.75), or ice any brew for $3.25. Teatime isn't complete without a scone ($5.65), British meat pie (including Cornish pasties, Scotch pie, and English favorite steak and kidney, $8.65), or crumpet and jam ($4.50). If gluten makes you feel all funny inside or itch uncontrollably, English Tealeaves offers traditional gluten-free offerings such as scones ($4.25–$6.25), brownies ($2.95), and cucumber sandwiches on GF bread ($6 half-sandwich, $7.50 whole). For the home brewer, all the teas on the menu are available for loose-leaf purchase. Bags range from 2 to 4 ounces and typically cost $11.25, although prices vary with specialties such as Japanese Sencha ($11, 3 oz.) and Darjeeling First Flush ($15.75, 3 oz.).
Use today's Groupon to recreate the afternoon activities of the majestic British Empire with friends, or sample the preferred quaffs and bites as the sole monarch of your table, making sure to quell the revolts of the indigenous biscuit population. A knowledgeable staff is always on standby to answer un-Google-able questions about the various tea types, while dispensing brewing advice and recommending best practices for converting gas-guzzling cars to delightfully tea-powered chariots.