About company

We are Thompson’s Tea, a fourth-generation family business, born and blended in Belfast since 1896.

It all started for us at a tea warehouse near Belfast docks, where founder Robert S. Thompson trained in the art of tea tasting and soon became known for his uncompromising devotion to quality.

Today, as the makers of Northern Ireland’s best-selling tea, we have been proudly blending and packing our award-winning range in Belfast for over 120 years.

As fourth generation Thompsons, we share a passion for quality and take great pleasure in selecting teas from only the very finest gardens in Assam, Kenya and beyond. It takes a certain amount of courage to choose what is best over what is most profitable, but we simply can’t be persuaded to do it any other way.

These tea leaves are naturally highly prized and command a greater price; there is a great sense of pride to producing a cup of tea that is just that bit better. To this day, each and every blend we produce is first tasted and then approved by a member of the Thompson family.

Our mission has always been to create the perfect everyday cuppa. A tea that has superior taste and flavour but still affordable. Our unequalled record, and record breaking success over 15 years at the Guild of Fine Foods annual Great Taste Awards is a reflection of our commitment to blending the very best teas.


Guild of Fine Foods - Great Taste Awards: 3 Gold Stars for Thompson's Special Everyday

Guild of Fine Foods - Great Taste Awards: 3 Gold Stars for Thompson's Signature Blend

Guild of Fine Foods - Great Taste Awards: 3 Gold Stars for Thompson's Irish Breakfast

Guild of Fine Foods - Great Taste Awards: 2 Gold Stars for Thompson's Decaf

Northern Ireland's Favourite Product as voted by the public - Ulster Grocer Marketing Awards 2018

UK Stockists

•   Tesco

•   Asda

•   Sainsburys

•   Lidl

•   Spar

•   Waitrose

•   Nisa / Co-op

•   Booths

•   Dunnes Stores

•   Musgraves


International Stockists

Market Information

Active Export Markets (Europe)
Poland, Ireland

Active Export Markets (Rest of the World)
Egypt, Canada, United States, China

Target Export Markets (Europe)
Russia, Germany

Target Export Markets (Rest of the World)
UAE, Japan, Qatar, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Turkey, New Zealand, United States, Oman, Vietnam, Philippines, Lebanon, Canada, Israel, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Egypt