In my opinion there is no better place to drink tea than on UK turf. An ingrained tradition since the 17thÂ century, Brits have been sipping tea from fine bone china cups and a range of mugs for decades. Herbal teas have also increased in popularity recently, with healing qualities perfect for those who want to cut the caffeine and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Weâ€™ve put together some of the best tea and coffee haunts in Britain, for those looking to take a tea-themed trip.
This icon of the city is perfect for afternoon tea after a day exploring the sights. Visitors can step back in time inside the beautiful Art Deco Foyer and Reading Room before sitting back with cucumber sandwiches, scones, a host of tasty cakes and of course that all-important cup of tea. Over 40 international teas are available while guests are encouraged to dress â€˜Elegant smart casualâ€™ to enjoy a quintessentially British experience. Be sure to book before you go as spaces fill up at least three months ahead!
Set in the Georgian New Town, the aptly named â€˜eteaketâ€™ (etiquette) is a real Edinburgh gem. The tearoom serves up everything from green tea such asÂ Gunpowder Deluxe and Rock the CasbahÂ to White Peach and Peony and of course the black teas including Awesome Assan and Royal Earl Grey. Tea is served in beautiful pots with egg timers appropriate to the variety you choose.
Tu Hwnt Iâ€™r Bont Tearoom, Wales
This tearoom is award-winning, perfect for those visiting Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Formerly a residential home dating back to 1480, this amazing building is breath taking and unique â€“ one of the best places in the area to sample local produce and enjoy a cup of warming tea after a day exploring the countryside.
Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is a famed Glasgow-born artist and you can see his distinctive styleÂ inside the Willow Tea Rooms. Designed in 1904, the tea room has become famed across the world, and many now consider it a must when visiting this city in the west of Scotland. Try the afternoon tea and the Willow meringues, and enjoy tea as it was served many moons ago.
There are so many cafes and tea rooms across the UK and around the world â€“ if you get a chance, try one of these for an authentic tea drinking experience.