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7 British Teas to Celebrate VE Day

At the height of the London Blitz, a famous 1940’s poster proclaiming that ‘tea revives the world’ echoed the typically British belief that a cup of tea could solve any problem. Even Winston Churchill knew that if supplies of tea didn’t reach the servicemen and women fighting overseas and on the home front, moral would duly decline.

Just two days after war broke out in 1939, the government took control of all tea stocks and ensured that large reserves were stored in warehouses outside of London in case of bombing. In July 1940, the Ministry of Food introduced a ration of 2oz of tea per person, per week; which only allowed for 2-3 cups of weak tea per day. Even the acclaimed author and journalist, George Orwell, published an essay in the Evening Standard in 1946 to give handy tips on how to make the 2oz go further. He suggested brewing the tea with boiling water to make the strongest infusion possible, and omitting sugar to savour the true tea-taste.

Tea remained rationed until 1952, but when WWII ended on 8th May 1945 there was cause for jubilation. Mass celebrations, street parties and bonfires were held across Europe, but it was the clinking of teacups – not champagne flutes - that ricocheted throughout Britain.

61 years on, we still like to raise our cups, pots and mugs to the brave servicemen and women who endured six years of suffering, misery and unbelievable courage for our country. Take the opportunity to gather together your nearest and dearest for a ‘Rosie Lee’ this VE Day and celebrate with our selection of brilliantly British brews:

Afternoon

Our signature tea for after three – how twee! This balanced blend of green and black tea is an ideal companion to a slice of fruitcake.

Earl Grey

The very essence of tea drinking; this blend contains black tea, bergamot and a scattering of blue cornflower petals. Stir in a slice of lemon and serve with a chocolate biscuit, or two.

English Fruits

True to our English heritage but with an added flamboyance, this black tea is infused with plummy tones of ripe summer fruits. Serve this to your guests with a plate of homemade shortbread.

English Rose

Is there anything more quintessentially British than an English Rose? Subtly mixed with black tea, this delicate blend of floral flavours is sweet enough to enjoy on its own, or with a dusted square of Turkish delight.

Piccadilly Blend

This classic black tea with rose, strawberry and lotus demands you don your best hat for the occasion. Enjoy this with a 3-tiered cake stand full of goodies – this tea deserves nothing less.

Regal Blend

An exclusive Whittard blend packed with Madagascan vanilla and scattered with red, white and blue petals – this is a right royal tea fit for a queen. Enjoy with scones, jam and clotted cream to make it a real event.

English Breakfast

It’s a classic in itself, so why meddle with perfection? Smooth, invigorating and robust, this tea will always deserve its no.1 place at our table. Start your VE Day party early and pour yourself a pot with – as the name suggests - breakfast. 

Create your own VE Day tea party this weekend and tag us in your tea party pictures on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram! Let us know your favourite British Blend...


Products used:

Afternoon
Earl Grey
English Fruits
English Rose
Piccadilly Blend
Regal Blend
English Breakfast 

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