Not For All The Tea In Cornwall! Great British Tea Hits Supermarket Shelves For The First Time

20 February 2014 by

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With HP Sauce made in Holland, Curly Wurlys in Poland and Smarties in Germany, very often our iconic British foods aren't as home grown as we think. But it's changing, partly thanks to chefs like Jamie Oliver and his partner-in-crime Jimmy Doherty, who are spearheading a Great British food revival. And now there's the news today that confirms this trend - British tea is about to hit supermarket shelves at Waitrose for the first time. The leaves to make Tregothnan Classic and Earl Grey, £4 for a packet of 10 bags, are grown and harvested in a 100-acre tea estate in Cornwall (apparently the warm balmy climate there makes for ideal growing conditions) and, according to experts is as superior in taste as it's Chinese counterparts. We'll drink to that!

Here's a few other properly British brands flying the flag>>

Elliot Bateman

A Cornish Cuppa

[a target="_blank" href="">Tregathon[/a] has been producing a selection of Cornish grown teas for a while now, but this week they've landed on the shelves at Waitrose.

From Bags to Great Brit Breakfast Cereal

In Somerset lies [a target="_blank" href="">Sharpham Park[/a], a farm owned by the man behind Mulberry - Roger Saul. It produces organic spelt, the new wonder ingredient used in cereals and an ancient type of wholegrain wheat that's high in fibre.

A Very English Gin And Vodka

Created in 2008 [a target="_blank" href="">Chase Distillery [/a]produces a wide variety of home-grown spirits in Hertfordshire. Its' potato vodka has won awards.

Beans Go Brit

While some brands import their beans, [a target="_blank" href="">Hodmedod[/a] uses beans grown in Britain.

Marvellous Mayo

[a target="_blank" href="">Farrington[/a]’s produced the UK's first coldpressed rapeseed oil back in 2005. It now creates a wide variety of classics including this mayonnaise.

Oats So Scottish

In 2005 Scottish duo Tony and Rob created [a target="_blank" href="">Eat Stoats[/a] from their kitchen in Edinburgh, specialising in these delicious porridge-on-the-go pots using scottish oats.

Weigh Up Pie

Hailing from Bristol [a target="_blank" href="">Pieminister[/a] is a family business which specialises in gourmet pies. This week they've launched a new range of Lighter Pies, all under 440 calories which are both healthy and totally moreish!




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