May 2, 2013
200 tea lovers. Three hours. One train. The result was either the strangest event we’ve ever conceived, or the best idea we’ve ever had.
Either way, it was utterly lovely.
So last Wednesday, Yorkshire Tea commandeered the Orient Express. We invited 200 VIPs (or should that be “VITeas”?) including lots of customers, for a journey into the world of a proper brew.
That meant afternoon tea, tea-themed cocktails, music from the Yorkshire Tea band, a chance to meet our staff and quiz our tea experts, travelling in luxury all the way.
We still can’t quite believe it happened – but thanks to the camera skills of our guests and our own on-board photographer, we’ve got the pictures to prove it did.
Here’s a selection from the day (and you can take a look at a video here).
The golden ticket – admitting one to the Yorkshire Tea Train.
Yorkshire Tea’s Dom with Michael Vaughan.
The sign made it all feel slightly more real.
Louis Tomlinson taking a day out from One Direction’s busy schedule of world domination.
On board, and passengers enjoy a spot of entertainment from the Yorkshire Tea Band.
Proper brew fan Hazel tries on a new hat. Very fetching.
Giles and Kate, beautifully dressed for the occasion.
Yorkshire Tea drinker Sam tucks into afternoon tea.
Jake from Jake’s Bar and Still – creator of the fantastic Yorkshire Tea-based cocktails.
The obligatory arty shot – ain’t it lovely!
Back at the station, this is Chris from Leeds band Ellen and the Escapades – a Yorkshire Tea drinker and a train nut – with a copy of the Yorkshire Tea Times. Guests all featured in their own personalised front page, thanks to some whizzy technology.
The Yorkshire Tea Crew.