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Howick was the home of the Grey family from 1319 and Charles 2nd Earl Grey is the most distinguished member. Howick is also the home of Earl Grey tea! The tea was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey, to suit the water from the well at Howick, using bergamot in particular to offset the taste of the lime in it. Lady Grey used it in London when entertaining as a political hostess, and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others, which is how Twinings came to market it and it is now sold worldwide. Sadly the Greys, being unbusinesslike, failed to register the trade mark and as a result they have never received a penny in royalties.
The tea house is situated in the East Quadrant and was opened in 2004. In the 1928 rebuild, the quadrant had been converted into the kitchen, pantry, larders, store rooms, and servants hall; all these were stripped out in 2003 to return the room to its original shape as a ballroom.
The Earl Grey Tea House at Howick Hall
Howick Estate Office
Northumberland NE66 3LB
+44 (0) 1665 572232
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