Is it okay to just have tea without milk in England? I'm visiting and don't like milk or sugar in my tea, but I want the authentic experience, so I'm wondering if every english person takes it with milk.
Can you order a tea in a cafe or does everyone have it at home and only tourists who want to have tea because they are in England order tea out of the house? Oh I'm going to London, not staying with an english person (of course).
Most have milk, sugar is optional. It does depend on what kind of tea. If you're talking the most common one, it'll be builders tea, so you want some milky sugar water. If you go earl grey or some other kind you don't need it.
Okay well that's the answer I was looking for. I just think in virtually every television or film I have seen, they put milk in their tea and if you google english tea its almost universally with milk, so I didn't know if nobody did it. Also even the Orwell essay seems to assume you put milk in it.
Interesting. One other question: I understand that when you should add the milk is a debate, but this seems only applicable to when you make tea in a teapot. There is surely only one option for adding milk with tea made in a cup with tea bag right? That is to say adding the milk after the tea has been steeped and the teabag discarded. I wouldn't imagine you would want to steep the tea with a mixture of water and milk.
>walking me poodle along the Old Kent Road sipping a brew
>suddenly a yankee doodle dandy appears sipping a cup of Earl Grey
>I hop on the dog and bone to my mate the builder
>OI DEAN SOME PONCE IS DRINKING EARL FUCKING GREY IN MY BOROUGH
>Dean turns up in the motor with Smithy Smithster and Wayne
>we kill the bender and throw his corpse in the river
>I can't even understand builders.
Dont worry most brits dont speak polish either