THE bubble tea craze is continuing to spread throughout Warrington in time for the summer.

Ice, a new drinks kiosk, has opened in Golden Square near Clintons and Head record store.

It serves 24 varieties of bubble tea including a range of milk teas and fruit teas.

The drink originated in Taiwan in the 1980s when street tea vendors began experimenting with fruity flavours and colours to entice customers. It has slowly spread across the world.

Bubble tea is said to be like a cross between an ice tea and a milkshake with 'popping pearls' that contain fruit juice and pop in your mouth.

The unusual drink has attracted numerous celebrity fans including Harry Styles.

Ice offers a range of flavours including lychee green tea, papaya, watermelon, passionfruit and taro, which is an East Asian root vegetable.

The bubble tea bar also offers smoothies, fruit and vegetable juice cocktails and ice cream and yoghurt shakes.

Michelle Butterworth, who runs Shelly's in Bold Street, was the first to introduce bubble tea to Warrington when she teamed up with Oliver Key, who runs BobaMix in Liverpool, in March.

She is selling mango, vanilla and matcha green tea bubble teas with mango popping pearls.