Meet Thomas Ridgway: Founder of Ridgways Tea

Thomas Ridgway, founder of Ridgways Tea

Above is a picture of Thomas Ridgway, founder of Ridgways Tea.

A tea shop opened on King William St in London in 1836 marked the start of Ridgways Tea.  Initially the store sold tea, coffee and spices, but later focused only on tea.  The founder, Thomas Ridgway, became well-known for getting the best products from tea estates around the globe and then making superior tea.  He became so well-known that those who wanted to enter the tea businesses would pay to work and learn from Thomas Ridgway.

Actually, the London shop was the second store.  First, he opened a tea shop in Birmingham, England, called Ridgway & Company. But, when it went out-of-business he moved to London and opened the store that marked the start of Ridgways Tea.

Ridgway was renowned for making tea.  Queen Victoria summoned him in 1876 to make a tea for her private use.  Later, the company became King George VI’s tea merchants.

Today, the company still makes superior tea enjoyed by tea drinkers across the globe.


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