By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Not being a great tea toddler, could you offer up some suggestions on where I might try this beverage while in Britain. I’ll be trying to adopt the line “When in Rome do as the Romans do” but of course using it in the UK.

A: The Brits are so hung up on tea believe it or not there is a UK Tea Council and it recently announced this year’s award winners for top tea places. Topping the list is Juri’s: The Olde Bakery Tea Shoppe in Winchcombe ( which has won the UK Tea Council’s Top Tea Place 2008 award.

Juri’s is strongly influenced by the Miyawaki family’s Japanese heritage and love of tea. The judges were won over by their exceptional tea expertise, the charm of the staff and the homemade cakes and scones. Iwao and Junko Miyawaki’s daughter Juri is Cordon Bleu trained and bakes amazing cakes and scones.

To suss out the finest tea spots, the UK Tea Council’s Tea Guild inspectors anonymously visited tearooms and hotels across Britain to find the finest tea experience. The judges award points for the variety and excellence of the teas offered, together with excellent service, décor, ambience, presentation and value for money.P> Awards of Excellence were awarded to 55 tea-serving tearooms and hotels in the UK, including the Top London Afternoon Tea 2008 Award for the Lanesborough (

If interested in learning more about the tea awards and the other venues, you can access the UK Tea Council online at


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