19/04/2017 | Celebrating National Tea Day – the nation’s favourite drink!

Here at Premier Inn, we know there’s nothing like kick starting the day with a nice cup of tea at breakfast. After that, you feel like you’re ready to take on the world!

To celebrate the nation’s affection for the great British cuppa and National Tea Day (Friday 21st April), we’ve spoken to tea-loving Brits across the UK to find out which city drinks the most tea, and to settle one of the most important debates of all time - what’s the perfect strength of tea? And here are the results:

When it comes to the UK cities that prefer a stronger brew, it’s Liverpool that’s leading the pack, and here’s how the different UK cities compare:

1. Liverpool         71%
2. Southampton         70%
3. Belfast         69%
4. Sheffield         68%
5. Leeds         68%
6. London         67%
7. Nottingham         66%
8. Manchester         64%
9. Edinburgh         63%
10. Brighton         63%
11. Bristol         62%
12. Birmingham         61%
13. Plymouth         60%
14. Cardiff         60%
15. Newcastle         59%
16. Norwich         54%
17. Glasgow         47%

(% of each city that said their perfect strength of tea was either cup one, two or three in the chart)

So how much tea do we actually drink? Here’s a few fun facts to show you what our research revealed:

  • We consume 205 million cups of tea every day
  • The amount of tea Brits drink in a year would fill 50,000 swimming pools. If you laid those swimming pools back to back they’d stretch for 1,250 km which is roughly the same distance from London to Vienna
  • In London, 25.9 million cups of tea are enjoyed every day so in a year that would be enough tea to fill up the Big Ben Clock Tower 500 times
  • At our more than 800 Premier Inn hotels, we plough through a huge 14.6 million tea bags each and every year
  • On average, people in Glasgow drink the most tea each day and over a third (35%) drink at least five cups a day
  • One in seven people in Edinburgh said cup number one on our tea chart would be the perfect strength for them
  • A quarter of people in the UK drink at least five cups of tea every single day

Finally, our map below reveals how many cups of tea we drink every day – it seems like Plymouth doesn’t care for it too much compared to London!