One of the great things about being British has to be our undying love for a cup of tea! Whether you have yours with with sugar, milk or even on its own, there’s something we all love that comes from that little teabag! And research has shown that Britain's drink on average more than 60 billion cups of tea a year. As National Tea Day is approaching, we thought it’d be interesting to find out more about the day, but also why us Brits really do love tea.
What is National Tea Day?
National Tea Day takes places on April 21st and was founded as a movement of tea houses and lovers to promote tea in British culture, with the main aim of bringing people together. This year will see tea drinkers up and down the country celebrating their love for it across numerous activities which have been set up for the day! If you’re looking at ways to get involved, here’s a couple of ways that you can:
What is it with Brits and their love for tea?
Without any doubt, tea is one of the quintessential of English beverages - despite it actually not arriving to England until the mid 17th century but had been a firm favourite over in China BC! When it was first sold here, history shows it was actually quite an expensive drink, meaning it was often the wealthy who enjoyed it. However, jump forward a couple of years to the 18th century and tea overtook alcoholic drinks including Gin as the favourite choice of drink.
Today across Britain, tea is drank everywhere and forms part of our daily lives - and also our social lives. We gossip with friends over it, we enjoy it as part of an Afternoon Tea and we have a cup before bed to unwind for the evening. In more recent years, there’s such a wide selection of teas that we can choose from - from cold teas, to fine loose leaf teas which is great for the tea lovers among us.
Are you a tea lover? Let us know how you’ll be spending #NationalTeaDay over on Twitter!