You will find The Earl Grey Tea House situated in the East Quadrant of Howick Hall. During the 1928 rebuild, the quadrant had been converted into a kitchen, pantry, larders, store rooms, and servants hall. Consequently all were stripped out in 2003 and the room restored to its original shape as a ballroom.
The Story of Earl Grey tea and Howick Hall
Howick is the home of Earl Grey Tea! It was specially blended by a Chinese mandarin for Charles, 2nd Earl Grey to suit the water from the spring at Howick by using bergamot in particular to offset the taste of the lime in it. Lady Grey used it to entertain in London as a political hostess and it proved so popular that she was asked if it could be sold to others, which is how Twinings came to market it and it is now sold worldwide. Sadly the Greys, being unbusinesslike, failed to register the trade mark and as a result they have never received a penny in royalties!