Today marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Charles, 2nd Earl Grey (March 13, 1764 – July 17, 1845) who lends his name to the iconic Earl Grey tea.
And Howick Hall was recognised as the birthplace of the world-famous tea.
The quintessentially British blend was originally concocted to complement the water of the estate, making the Earl Grey Tea House at Howick Hall Gardens & Arboretum the only place in the world where you can get an authentic taste of Earl Grey tea.
The 2,500-acre estate has been home to the Grey family since the 1530s.
Jude Leitch, of Northumberland Tourism, said:“Earl Grey is one of Northumberland’s favourite sons and his classic tea blend is enjoyed around the world. Many tea-lovers have already made the pilgrimage to his birthplace at the beautiful Howick Hall Gardens and we’re sure more will follow in 2014, the 250th anniversary of his birth.”