Raising a Mug to Local Tea Blenders

Mark Prisk began a series of visits to local food and drinks producers and specialists, which are set to continue over the summer. It is part of Mark’s campaign to get people talking about – and tasting – the variety of local produce available on our doorstep.


His first stop was to local artisan tea blenders Tealicious.


Tealicious, based in Bishop’s Stortford, was started by best friends Katie and Louise in 2011. Katie’s husband Nigel had spent over 30 years as a Master Tea Taster for one of the world’s largest tea companies, so Katie and Louise had learnt what good tea should taste like.


Uninspired by the tea bag floating in a mug in many cafes and restaurants, they collaborated to create Tealicious: a brand with a focus on loose leaf blends, non-gimmicky flavours and expertly sourced ingredients. Their varieties include Afternoon Tea, Assam, Ceylon and Breakfast Blend. They can also create bespoke blends for customers.


Mark Prisk joined Tealicious’ Nigel and local stockist Pearce’s in Buntingford to sample some of their delicious teas.


Mark said:


‘Tealicious is a brilliant local example of an innovative drinks company. Their delicious blends make specialist teas accessible to everyone, and their expertise is second to none. With over 160 million cups of tea consumed every day in the UK, we are undoubtedly a nation of tea lovers, and I count myself among that number. Every tea drinker in the constituency is heartily encouraged to sample their creations.


This is the first stop on my summer-long tour of local culinary specialists. I hope foodie constituents follow the journey on my social media, join the conversation about what local produce means to us, and can engage with more resident brands like the brilliant Tealicious.’


You can follow Mark Prisk MP via social media (@markprisk on Instagram, Mark Prisk MP on Facebook, @prisk.mark on Twitter).


Tealicious teas can be bought online at www.TealiciousLtd.co.uk or enjoyed in local outlets, Pearce’s Farm Shop in Buntingford and Eat 17 in Bishops Stortford being the closest.