In Britain they take tea VERY seriously.
Each day they sink 165 million cups of the stuff.
They love it so much they've declared Sunday 28th November International A Nice Cup of Tea Day and you can join the celebration anywhere in the world just by enjoying a nice cup of tea!
Visit Britain's facebook page recently polled 1,500 people from all around the world and discovered the Worl's Perfect Cup of Tea is Earl Grey with milk, no sugar, best enjoyed while dunking a Digestive biscuit and reading a good book.
To celebrate this and for everyone who loves tea, here's a look at...
Britain's best places to savour a cup of the brown stuff:
The Wolseley, London
Sitting sedately on grand London thoroughfare Piccadilly, The Wolseley was designed as an art deco car showroom in the early 1920s. These days it serves one of the best teas in London in a gorgeous space with high-vaulted ceilings and striking black and gold décor. Order tea with scones, homemade jam and a selection of pastries in these imposing, but surprisingly relaxed surroundings.
The Attic is chic, simple and sophisticated. The emphasis at this minimalist tea house is firmly on the quality of the tea, about which the management are passionate. You won’t find heaps of cakes or fussy decor, just clean lines, designer china and refreshing, expertly prepared tea.
Opened in 1919 by Swiss confectioner Frederick Belmont, the sense of history at Bettys is matched only by the quality of the tea-tasting experience. Before you go in, pause under the wrought iron canopy and take in the sumptuous, seasonally-changing window display. Select a brew from 50 teas and get stuck into a bewildering array of cakes, tarts, pastries and sandwiches.
Time for Tea, London
One for fans of tea in times gone by, Time for Tea is a 1940s-themed tea shop in the East End of London. You’ll find an immaculately revamped ‘40s interior with bone china cups, vintage furniture and gently jazzy, retro tunes. They also run events and parties. Open Saturday and Sunday midday - 7.00pm for tea and cake.
The Tea Cosy, Brighton
Swathed in Royal paraphernalia, The Tea Cosy in Brighton brings you a choice of regal teas with names like the “Queen Mother 100th Birthday Memorial Cream Tea”. House rules include the prohibition of dunking biscuits and resting elbows on the table and recent patrons have included a drag Camilla Parker Bowles. Kitsch, camp and with its tongue firmly in its cheek, The Tea Cosy gives you a fabulous taste of what makes Brighton so fun.
Tucked down an alley in Glasgow’s leafy West End, Tchai-Ovna is a relaxed hang-out with eclectic furnishings and dark, comfy corners. This ‘magic teashop’ serves 80 teas and flavoursome vegetarian food. Order a pot of Darjeeling First Flush (or similar), settle back and play board games, read a book and while away the day in a low-key, Bohemian atmosphere.
Llangoed Hall, Mid Wales
This 17th century hall deep within the Welsh countryside makes a great setting for afternoon tea. Try the Welsh Tea with traditional Welshcakes, or go all out for the Full Afternoon Tea with homemade scones, sandwiches, biscuits, fruitcake and pastries. Llangoed Hall is a classy and historic setting for tea and they serve champagne if you fancy something a little stronger.
Leaf Tea Bar, Liverpool
This ‘punk’ tea bar pairs tea with late-night DJ sets, Wi-Fi and wine in a cool, modern space in Liverpool’s arty Elevator Building. It sells 24 loose-leaf teas and there are also tea tastings, live music and exhibitions. Head to the Leaf Tea Bar, stay all day and see it morph from relaxed daytime tea house to cool late-night club.
The Balmoral, Edinburgh
Take tea at the supremely elegant Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. Waiters in immaculate black, a harp plucking gently in the background, stands festooned with cakes brought to your table – it’s tea as it should be. Tea in the Bollinger Bar (the Palm Court) is traditional and very classy, the perfect way to end a day exploring Edinburgh’s elegant streets.
The Rose, Oxford
A sanctuary from Oxford’s busy streets, The Rose prides itself on providing the very best – whether this means ingredients sourced from the local area or exotic teas from a little further afield. Who could resist a tea called Phoenix Pearl Dragon? The Classic Afternoon Tea arrives with organic smoked salmon and cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, followed by homemade scones and cake.