Who we are
Yorkshire Tea is made by Taylors of Harrogate, a third generation Yorkshire family business born in 1886.
The first pot of Yorkshire Tea was brewed up by us in the 1970s - but our story starts way back in 1886, when a man named Charles Taylor and his two sons set up a tea and coffee company. By buying the best, and carefully blending to suit the local water, C. E. Taylors & Sons became known for quality – winning a gold medal at the London Grocery Exhibition in 1896.
Charles Taylor set up tea and coffee kiosks in towns around Yorkshire, and a flagship store at 1 Parliament Street, Harrogate. Known across the region as a destination for tea lovers, today it’s the home of our sister company, Bettys – while we keep the Taylors tradition alive just across town, at Pagoda House.
Taylors of Harrogate has grown a bit since those early days. We now have a few hundred employees, from the trainees who learn the craft for several years becoming tea buyers, to the men and women who keep our Yorkshire Tea factory running, the talented cooks in our staff cafe and the sustainability team who make sure we always buy ethically and find great community projects we can support.
Yorkshire Tea is the most famous tea that we make, but look around on the tea shelves and you’ll find a whole host of teas and infusions created by the same people who make your favourite brew, from speciality black teas to green teas, and fruit and herbal infusions. And, true to Charles Taylor’s legacy, we still make really good coffee too.
Even though we’re a little bigger today than we were in 1886, our independent values haven't changed. We’ve never compromised on our love of fairness, flavour and quality, and our business is still family-owned. And we're still completely, utterly devoted to the art of tea.