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Tea Drinking in the UK

a woman with royal memorabilia including a cup of tea

Yvonne and Alice talk about how tea became a very popular drink in the UK and and we hear how many cups of tea British people drink every day.

This week's question:

Some people say Britain is a nation of tea drinkers. According to the UK Tea Council, how many cups of tea are drunk by the British everyday? Is it:

a) 12,000

b) 120,000

c) 120,000,000

Listen out for the answer in the programme.


Tea Drinking in the UK

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