The British have always been very into their tea; "fancy a cuppa?", "I'll put on a brew", "tea?". I don't know many occasions where a cup of tea isn't offered, usually as a comfort, from the break-up of a relationship to the traditional wake. However, recently, 'tea-time' is taking on a new level of chicness. Tea at the Ritz was always meant to be special, but more and more people are using 'teas' to raise funds for charity; or hen do's begin with a 'tea-party' and families have them as celebrations instead of a drinks party. I like it! I like the look of a mish-mash of cups and saucers; the prettiness of the cakes and the 'sharing' that seems to be lacking when it's just a drinks do.
For the newcomer to the tea scene the choice of teas can be overwhelming - black teas, white teas, oolong teas, herbal, fruit infusions and then more choices within that type of tea! For me, tho', it just has to be breakfast tea every time. What's your favourite cuppa?