SSAFA big brew up tea poll

SSAFA tea survey ahead of Big Brew Up reveals Britain’s ideal tea drinking companions

Prince Harry, Builders tea and a digestive biscuit – the perfect tea drinking combo, according to the Great British public

22 June 2016

SSAFA tea survey ahead of Big Brew Up reveals Britain’s ideal tea drinking companions

Prince Harry, Builders tea and a digestive biscuit – the perfect tea drinking combo, according to the Great British public


Prince Harry has been voted the celebrity most Brits would like to have a cup of tea with, a new survey commissioned by SSAFA has found. The One Poll survey also revealed that Brits remain ever faithful to English Breakfast tea, commonly referred to as ‘Builders’ tea, which was voted the nations favourite type of cuppa.

The survey was commissioned to launch SSAFA’s Big Brew Up campaign, taking place this year across the UK from 20-26 June. The campaign encourages friends, colleagues and family members to host tea parties to raise vital funds for the Armed Forces charity, which provides support for our troops, veterans and their families in need.

Fifth in line to the throne, Harry, emerged as the favourite amongst the public (16 per cent), most likely due to his reputation as most down-to-earth of the Royal family and his fun loving personality. Harry proved particularly popular amongst female respondents, with a fifth of women choosing him as their top choice.

In second place and following closely behind Prince Harry, is British Broadcasting stalwart, Sir David Attenborough (15 per cent) – demonstrating the admiration and respect the public have for this national icon.  Completing the top three line-up is Head of State, The Queen, making up 11 per cent of the vote.

Although the survey has revealed that several key royals are deemed to be worthy tea drinking companions, sadly the Duke of Cambridge missed out on a place in the top ten - having been royally beaten not only by his brother and grandmother, but also by his wife, Kate Middleton.

Top 10 celebrities Brits want to enjoy a cup of tea with:

  1. Prince Harry (16%)
  2. David Attenborough (15%)
  3. The Queen (11%)
  4. Kate Middleton (10%)
  5. Boris Johnson (8%)
  6. David Beckham (7%)
  7. Louis Theroux (7%)
  8. Marry Berry (7%)
  9. Idris Elba (6%)
  10. Tom Hiddleston (5%)

In addition to revealing which celebrities Brits would most like to enjoy a cup of tea with, the SSAFA survey also looked into the population’s tea drinking habits.

When asked to vote for their favourite cuppa, just under half of those polled (47%) voted English Breakfast Tea as number one. Early Grey secured second place with 10 per cent of the vote, and Green Tea (7 per cent) completed the top three, proving that traditional tea is still the drink du jour for the majority of Britons.

As a nation of tea lovers, the survey also revealed Brits are very particular when it comes to choosing the right accompaniment for their favourite cuppa. The Digestive biscuit secured first place with 28 per cent of the vote, proving the nations love for a ‘classic’. A slice of cake (19 per cent) and piece of toast (16 per cent) came in second and third positions. Although a well-known traditional tea-time treat, scones only received 9 per cent of the vote, and popular nineties sweet snack Jam Tarts came bottom of the poll.

Tegan Jones, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA, commented: “It is interesting to see which celebrities Brits would most like to enjoy a cup of tea with and how the results reflect a sense of patriotism, with the top ten list being full of British celebrities and Royals.”

“From 20-26th June SSAFA’s Big Brew Up will is embrace this best loved pastime and we are asking people across the UK to show their support for the Armed Forces community by taking part.  Every penny raised will allow SSAFA to continue to help more than 55,000 people a year, ranging from World War Two veterans to the families of young servicemen and women wounded or killed in Afghanistan.”

WHERE DOES THE MONEY RAISED GO?

£10… allows SSAFA to buy food vouchers for a struggling veteran, young or old, who has fallen on tough times.

£50… pays for a volunteer SSAFA caseworker to provide extensive practical, financial and emotional support to rebuild a veteran’s life when things have hit rock bottom.

£400… pays for a parent who has a lost son or daughter in conflict to attend SSAFA’s Bereaved Family Support Group for a year deal with their grief.

£600… provides a volunteer mentor to a wounded, injured or sick veteran for 6 months

For more information on how you can get involved in the Big Brew Up visit www.thebigbrewup.org.uk or email thebigbrewup@ssafa.org.uk.