Tea drinking becoming a mug's game
Thursday 02 February 2012
Retailers have warned that the cornerstone of British social manners, the teapot, is dying out.
Sales have plummeted as people opt to make tea in their mugs – to the horror of polite society.
Debenhams, which is launching a campaign for "civilised" tea-drinking, said teapot sales had halved in the past five years, while demand for mugs had trebled. Tea served in a teapot and poured into China cups is the traditionally British way, but modern drinkers prefer what the retailer called a "lazier method".
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