In this guide we’ll look at the best tea cups for the UK market.
We’ve compared design, size, durability and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What are the Best Tea Cups?
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Evecase Enamels Butterfly Flower Tea Cup Review
There is nothing understated about the Evecase Enamels Butterfly Flower Tea Cup, this is tea in fine style and then some. The hand-drawn flowers are exquisite with butterfly and rose 3D designs, beautiful to keep but just as beautiful to gift.
The glass cup is made from high-quality lead-free eco-friendly glass which is elegant but sturdy, with the decoration hand finished so each mug is unique and differs very slightly from the next.
The decoration belies just how robust and durable this tea cup is and there is a pretty exquisite matching teaspoon to complete the look. Just imagine how refreshing your morning brew will be in this!
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Wisolt Flower Tea Cup with Spoon Review
You might think that steaming hot tea is going to cause damage to the Wisolt Flower Tea Cup with Spoon but this product is enduringly robust despite its delicate and decorative appearance.
The cup is made from borosilicate glass which is a lead-free crystal material which can withstand the hottest and coldest of temperature. The beautiful enamelling is done by hand with tiny variations making each cup unique but matching if you wanted to create a tea set.
The complimentary teaspoon is small but exquisitely made and in stainless steel, is robust enough for frequent use. The Wisolt tea cup is the perfect gift with a universal appeal which makes it one of the best tea cups to purchase as a present but it is so pretty that you just might not be able to resist keeping it for yourself.
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Royal Albert Modern Vintage Teacup & Saucer Review
There are not enough superlatives to describe the chic, understated style of the Royal Albert Modern Vintage Teacup & Saucer. If you like your tea cup to look like a tea cup then this is the set for you with a classic styling that has never been bettered.
Understated on the outside, the beautiful design is reserved for the inside of the cup, revealed when you drink your tea or the set is empty and on display. The fine bone china gives a feeling of opulence and elegance as you lift the cup to drink, stylishly finished with 22ct gold edging.
The teacup and saucer are beautifully boxed if you were gifting and the choice of soft, pastel teatime colours will leave you spoilt for choice. Enjoy a vintage cuppa in fine bone china with a look that is both modern and on-trend but also classic and timeless.
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Panbado Bone China Tea Cup Set Review
The Panbado Bone China Tea Cup Set is a strikingly opulent design which wouldn’t look out of place in a high-class restaurant or swish function. Delicate bone china is richly decorated in strong and ornate colours and adds a real touch of luxury to your brew.
There is nothing quite like the feel of handling a bone china cup, the delicate clink as it sits in the saucer and, as connoisseurs know all too readily, the tea tastes better too.
At great value for money, you might want to re-box the set if you are giving it as a gift. Avoid putting this tea cup set in either the microwave or the dishwasher and wash by hand.
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Pasabahce Basic 12-Piece Tea Cups with Saucers Review
The Pasabahe Basic 12-Piece consists of six tea cups and six saucers, safe for the microwave, safe for the dishwasher and are a stylish staple you can bring out time after time for either tea or coffee, no wonder these are a favourite in the hospitality industry.
There is something so uniquely simple about this traditional styling and the classic clear glass which makes a feature of any beverage. They are the perfect choice if you don’t want to clash with a dinner or tea service and will complement any design.
Enjoy taint free tea and coffee or give these as a gift ready packaged in a stylish box.
Tea Cup Buyer’s Guide
Ditch the mug and rediscover your favourite brew in a traditional tea cup, you will be amazed at the difference in the experience and how the tea tastes better. Use our buyer’s guide to steer through the different types and styles of tea cups to land on the perfect choice to compliment your morning cuppa.
Most tea cups are made from porcelain although there is an alternative styling in high-quality borosilicate glass which is lead-free and incredibly durable. This style can bring a real contemporary feel with just a touch of that popular 1950s retro vibe.
Choose from traditional or retro mostly divided between a rounded styling or something a little more square and geometric, which can look nice after dinner.
If your morning drink is more bucket than cup-sized then check out carefully how much each cup holds before you buy as you could end up disappointed and having to constantly refill. If you take time to sip your tea then a smaller cup could be preferable to avoid the drink becoming tepid or stewed.
Bone china and porcelain tea cups need care and should be washed by hand in an empty sink to avoid chipping or cracking. Borosilicate glass is as hard as nails and will stand up to frequent and continuous use and be happy in the dishwasher.
Tea Cups FAQ
How to make a great cup of tea!
Choose your tea blend and warm the teapot for a few minutes with some boiling water from the kettle. Discard the water and then add the required amount of loose tea before filling the pot with hot water. Stir and leave to stand for a few minutes before stirring again and pouring through a tea strainer. Milk first or afterwards is very much the subject of heated debate – you choose! Or perhaps just a slice of lemon. Tea making is a ritual and everyone has their own favourite method which they swear by.
Rediscover a proper cup of tea in a traditional tea cup, there is nothing quite like it. For its stunning hand made and hand decorated design, our recommendation for the best tea cup has to be the Evecase Enamels Butterfly Flower Tea Cup!