Many of us Brits love a cup of tea, and the production of the nation’s favourite drink is so important that the United Nations has designated May 21 as International Tea Day.
To tie in with this, the UK Tea & Infusions Association polled 1011 people and released its latest Tea Census which reveals the latest trends in tea drinking in Britain.
The study found that tea is certainly a popular beverage with 10 million cups drunk every day in the UK.
Further findings of the Tea Census showed that almost a quarter of Brits drink five to six cups or more every day.
Findings of the Tea Census showed that almost a quarter of Brits drink five to six cups or more every day
While 77 per cent favoured black tea – with or without milk and 54 per cent rated taste as the top reason for drinking tea.
All ages are partial to a brew, with over eight in ten 18 to 24 year olds developing a taste for tea.
A total of 55 per cent said that tea makes them feel relaxed, 41 per cent believe it reduces anxiety and stress and 29 per cent says it helps boost their mood.
Dr Sharon Hall, Chief Executive UK Tea & Infusions Association, told GB News: “Part of the work that we do at the Tea & Infusions Association is to promote tea and to encourage people to drink tea. We talked about the wellbeing benefits of having tea – taking a break and reducing your anxiety.
"But tea’s also packed full of health benefits as well, so it’s a great drink to introduce into your diet if you’re not doing that already.
“Those health benefits you can find them in black tea, green tea, there’s oolong tea, all different types of teas and I’d recommend that people just get out there and try them.”
It's places like the Georgian Tea Rooms in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, that are keeping the British tradition of afternoon tea alive.
With tea served in pots, people can make their brew just how they like it whilst tucking in to sandwiches, pastries and cakes.
Katherine Furmidge, the owner of Georgian Tea Rooms, said: “I think the joy of a tea rooms is, it’s just a little bit of escapism from everyday life. People come in here as an experience, they come in for afternoon teas and it’s sort of a slower place of life.
All ages are partial to a brew, with over eight in ten 18 to 24 year olds developing a taste for tea
With Yorkshire being named as the region with the most tea drinkers, it’s not surprising that so many cups are sold at the Georgian Tea Rooms in Bridlington.
Sally Wilde, Assistant at Georgian Tea Rooms said: “We do a wide selection of teas – we do fruit teas, we do herbal teas but the winner is always the good old Yorkshire tea.
“I think it’s just calming, it’s refreshing. People enjoy it either first thing on a morning or when they’ve had a long walk exploring, they come and they sit and enjoy a nice cup of Yorkshire Tea.
For customers at the Georgian Tea Rooms, the drink is part of their daily routine.
Sally Chapman, a customer at the Georgian Tea Rooms, told GB News: “It’s my go to drink on a morning. It refreshes, it wakes you up, sets you up for the day.
“If you’re feeling a little bit groggy, it gives you time to boil the kettle, bit of mindfulness waiting for it, thinking what you’ve got ahead for the day and then you have your tea and it’s nice.”