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The Great British Tea Survey

Julie Smith 09 April 2021

Brits just can’t get enough of tea, in fact, the country collectively drinks a whopping 36 billion cups of the stuff each year! Tea is our national drink and opinions vary on how it should be drunk - from favourite brews to when the milk is added, everyone likes to have their say.

That’s where the Great British Tea Survey comes in; we have questioned people of varying age groups up and down the country to find out how they take their tea in order to settle age-old debates and discover which brand of tea comes out on top.  

National Tea Day - Survey

The top three brands of tea are:

1.    Yorkshire

2.    Tetley

3.    Twinings

Yorkshire Tea is the UK’s favourite brand, with almost a third of respondents in our survey naming it as their favourite brew. It rates highly across all ages and locations and, as you would probably expect, it comes out highest in the North East and Yorkshire, with 41% of people surveyed giving it the number one spot.

The majority of Brit’s can’t do without their favourite tea  

National Tea Day - drinking tea

Is having a good cup of tea so important that you take your favourite tea bags abroad with you? If the answer is YES, you’re not alone. According to our survey results, 58% of Brits include tea bags on their packing list - it seems that settling down to a good cup of tea really is a holiday essential! 

Most people drink three or four cups of tea each day

Just over a third of people in our survey (36%) will drink three-four cups of tea each day, and almost a quarter of people (24%) drink a whopping five-six cups to get them through the day. People from Wales are most likely to drink more than this, with 23% saying they drink over six cups of tea a day!

National Tea Day - Tea Survey Results

Lockdown has led to an increase in tea consumption according to our survey results, with 35% of people drinking more hot brews now than they did a year ago. This increases to 48% among 25-34-year-olds, with respondents in this age bracket drinking more tea due to lockdown restrictions.

Our survey also shows that comfort and warmth are key reasons why people turn to a trusty cup of tea to get them through the day - could this be why tea consumption has increased over the stressful lockdown period?

Sugar in your tea or are you sweet enough?

It seems that the majority of the British public are already sweet enough as 76% of people don’t take any sugar or sweetener in their brew. The percentage of people preferring unsweetened tea does seem to increase with age though - from 63% of 25-34-year-olds to 83% of our more mature respondents. 

Respondents from the North West appear to have the sweetest tooth, with 12% of people taking two or more sugars or sweeteners in their tea. People from Scotland are most likely to go sugar-free, with 84% of Scots preferring their tea without any added sweetness.

Milk added first or last?

National Tea Day - milk last

This one has always been a bit controversial, with people generally falling into two very distinct camps when it comes to when the milk should be added. Battle lines have been drawn about this very important topic and our survey shows a clear winner. A landslide victory goes to the ‘Milk Last’ brigade, with the winning side taking 65% of our vote.

The average British tea drinker

How do you compare to our survey results? The average Brit drinks three-four cups of unsweetened Yorkshire Tea each day, adds the milk last, and makes sure that tea bags are always on their packing list when heading abroad.  

The majority of people prefer their tea to be brewed to somewhere between the colour of Filey beach and Yorkshire Terrier on our Yorkshire Tea chart, with Yorkshire Pudding the most popular tea shade.

National Tea Day - tea colour chart

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