It seems only fitting that I write this blog post accompanied with a large cup of tea, as tomorrow we celebrate National Tea Day here in the UK. Whether you like yours brewed in a teapot, made using a tea strainer, or served to you in your favourite restaurant, Saturday the 21st April is the day to celebrate the good old cuppa.
I switched from drinking coffee to tea a few years ago, due to suffering with migraines. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a cup of coffee, but you can’t beat the feeling of waking up to a refreshing brew (normally made by my husband, so thank you).
Afternoon Tea has also increased in popularity over the last decade, and I have written a few times about my Afternoon Tea experiences at The Mere and Nunsmere Hall Hotel. Even my 12 year old daughter loves the whole experience, and we treated my mum for her birthday last year. Buyagift has seen a huge increase in their Afternoon Tea experiences by 87% over the past 4 years. Of course you can still be treated to the traditional Afternoon Tea, but you will also find quirky experiences inspired by Beauty and The Beast, and Alice in Wonderland.
Buyagift has pulled together some interesting facts about our beloved cup of tea, and living in the North West it comes as no surprise that our region drinks the most.
British tea drinking in numbers
- 76% of UK population drink tea every day
- We drink 165 million cups a day, roughly 3 per day for every man/woman/child
- £654 million was spent on tea in 2015
- We’re sat firmly on the fence on the sugar (49%) / no sugar (51%) question
- Glasgow are the biggest drinkers of herbal/fruit teas with 438 cups per person
Who drinks the most ?
British people are mad for tea – none more so than the people of Liverpool. Those in the North West consume 1,460 cups per person each year, roughly 4 cups a day each!
Who would we like to share a cuppa with ?
A recent poll asked British people to name who they’d most like to share a cup of tea with. The top three; Prince Harry (16%), David Attenborough (15%) and The Queen (11%). Rather surprisingly, Boris Johnson (8%) came in above David Beckham (7%) and Mary Berry (7%).
Who makes the best brew ?
Making tea is an art form and lots of us take it very seriously. Our research has shown that 51% of British people take their tea without sugar, although this may change – we also discovered those aged 18-24 tend to prefer a brew with plenty of milk and sugar. When it comes to trusting another person to make our tea, it seems we place our trust in other halves, but find work colleagues make the worst tea.
Although coffee shops appear to rule the high street, we actually drink three times more tea than coffee each year.
Buyagift is also on a mission to create a teacup emoji, and I can’t believe that as a nation of tea lovers we don’t have one. You can help by signing the petition here, and hopefully the teacup emoji will be sitting alongside the coffee one very soon. Right, I think it’s time for another cuppa.
*Written in collaboration with Buyagift*