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Who we are?

Our family business was founded in 1886 in Harrogate, one of the nicest towns in Yorkshire (though we might be a bit biased)! We’re still family owned today and we work hard to stay true to our love of fairness, flavour and quality.

Charles Taylor

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.

Our Values

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.