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A Ringtons salesman came canvassing in my area just before Christmas and I thought I'd give them a go. If nothing else I could get a cheap packet of tea and some free biscuits. With my first order I received a half price packet of tea, which usually cost around £1.80, so I only paid 90 pence, which I considered a real bargain, I started off by trying their traditional teabags, the tea was lovely and fragrant, they have a huge choice but after trying a few I have found that the Kenyan is my favourite. I first tried it when they had a commemorative diamond jubilee tea caddy for £4.99 with the tea in. Well this is now my choice; you can buy it without the caddy.
I'm now a huge fan of Ringtons and all their products they sell tea; loose or bagged and a variety tastes from green to traditional, decaff to fruit tea. They also sell coffee, biscuits, sweets and hot chocolate to name a few.
With my second order I received a free packet of biscuits and boy are they good? They aren't cheap the triple chocolate cost me £1.69 for eight biscuits but they do have a wide selection of biscuits. Yesterday I discovered their chocolate covered ginger nut biscuits....wow!! I would say these biscuits are the height of luxury, they are wonderfully tasty hand baked golden crunchy biscuits covered in milk chocolate, another good option in the fruit and lemon; but to be fair I buy a good selection from them every time they come, which is every two weeks, and have never found one that isn't the highest of quality and taste.
I have also bought some of their novelty items...tea towels which cost £4.99, a diamond jubilee mug also £4.99 and as I said before the tea caddy again £4.99, and have been highly impressed. My son's favourite is there fruit jellies, which are very nice traditional soft fruit jelly sweets.
The salesman comes to the door with a huge basket with a choice of items to buy, you pick what you would like and he scans it for you. On the odd occasion he has come to the door and I have forgotten to get some money out, they are very obliging in letting you pay next time. They are very flexible just the way it used to be years ago. It's such a lovely old fashioned way to shop and I love it. I wish more companies offered this service. The staff are all extremely friendly and I stand and have a chat with my "tea man", it's not just a machine the way some shops are becoming now, you get the full personal touch. This is a great way of keeping traditional shopping alive. I would love the baker to come my door with fresh bread of a morning.
Ringtons is northern company founded in 1907 by Samuel smith and has been a family run business ever since. Based in Newcastle, ringtons has been a household name in the north for generations, only recently has it begun to flourish in the south...
Their website is www.ringtons.co.uk and you are able to order online with free delivery on orders over £30.00 so if they don't deliver in your area( they are expanding all the time) you can still get there amazing products. There is a postcode checker to see if they deliver in your area, but saying that, they say online that they don't deliver to me when in fact they do, so you are probably best advised to call to double check.
Telephone: 0800 0522440
FREEPOST NEA 2653
Newcastle upon Tyne
I would highly recommend them to any tea lover; they give great service and quality in very traditional and personal way...Fantastic!!
Ringtons tea & coffee are a family run and owned business which was established in 1907. They deliver good quality tea and many other products straight to your door. They have 26 offices spanning the country. They sell a wide range of teas, from teabags to Infusion teas to loose leaf teas. They have a wide range of coffees and biscuits & they also stock a number of edible sweets such as mints, sherbets, toffees and fruit pastells.
Now i found out all about Ringtons about 6 weeks ago at 9 'o' clock in the morning when there was a knock at my door. I have to say that unless its the postman i'm usually pretty annoyed at the interruption. This is mainly because i work from home and would rather not be interrupted all day everyday & i hate it when people are trying to sell me something i dont need or want.
Anyway that particular morning the gentleman i was greeted by was from Ringtons and was just asking me to take a look at their leaflet and if i would possible buy one bag of teabags from one of there sales guys the next morning. I felt no pressure whatsoever so i said yes. Firstly i was running low on teabags (he must of known somehow) and more importantly i was going to be getting a free packet of Brazil nut chocolate covered biscuits as well (who can say no to that?).
The next morning a young man came to my door at the time i was told with a wicker basket containing lots of goodies and my tea and biscuits. And parked outside was the the little black van with gold writing down the side. Gone are the days when they used horse and cart to deliver their products. The teabags were £1.99 for 80 & the biscuits were nicely packed in a foil packaging . Unfortunately they didnt last nearly as long as the teabags did. I paid for my teabags and was told that i would receive a further visit in a fortnight and if i bought anything from them again then i would receive a £2 voucher which can be used to buy any of their products but only from their door to door service.
Surely enough a fortnight later at roughly the same time he was back with his basket. I didnt need any teabags this time, i do drink alot of tea but what with living on my own i cant manage to polish of a pack of 80 teabags in 2 weeks. I ended up buying a bag of toffees which were £1.08 & a bag of sherbets which were £0.98. I gave the toffees to my mum who said they were absolutely wonderful and she only just managed enough will power not to eat them all in one sitting. I did receive my £2 voucher which i used the following fortnight to buy more toffees and some hot chocolate.
All in all i am pleased with the service i have received from Ringtons. The same young man comes to my door every time and is very friendly and seems to have nailled down his customer service skills. I will continue to buy from them although i think fortnightly visits are maybe too frequent but thats only due to my circumstances. The teabags are the main thing i buy and they make a lovely cup of tea. They're most certainly of a good quality and easily on par with the top brands sold in the shops.
I would recommend Ringtons to anyone who likes a decent cup of tea.
For anyone whos interested and would like to know if they deliver in their area have a look at their website, http://www.ringtons.co.uk/. There is a postcode checker to see if they deliver to your area. They can also be contacted on 0800 052 2440 and via email through their website.
Ringtons have been going for a few years now. In fact they set up in 1907, so that is quite a while!
Southerners probably have never never heard of Ringtons. They are a delivery firm who bring tea (and coffee and biscuits) to your door.
I do like modern things yet I also like Ringtons - they have someone come to your door with a wicker basket. The vans they drive always look like clean, new vans, but are painted in a style that resembles their history. They are very proud of their history.
The company started in Newcastle and has gradually exanded around the country. I have been having them deliver for a couple of years now.
Products that they deliver range from coffee (I don't drink coffee, but no-one seems to rate their coffee very highly), to tea and biscuits.
Their sultana cookies are worth their weight in gold. Lovely! I have to restrict buying these however, otherwise I would spend all my money on these!
Their teas are also really recommended. The main two, the traditional and the one cup (which simply has less tea in each tea bag) are both delicious. Currently they have increased their prices, with the traditional at £1.90 for 80 bags and the one cup at £1.99 for 100 bags.
I never thought I would really say this, but if I run out and have to drink Tetleys, I get a bit disappointed. Tetleys just doesn't have the taste that these Ringtons do. Even Yorkshire Tea is a tea that can only just about compare to Ringtons.
You may be pleased to know that Ringtons now have a website and you can even order from this now. Previously, if you didn't live in a delivery area, you couldn't easily get the tea. At the moment, there is offers for free delivery in the UK, so get on and try some!
Now, that reminds me. Must put the kettle on...
A tea supplier who delivers tea to your door? Who has been going so long it used to be delivered by horse and cart? My American friends didn't believe it - in fact, it took waving the Ringtons wikipedia page for them to accept that the company actually existed.
Ringtons have been going for a long, long time - in fact, they've recently celebrated their hundredth anniversary. Their tea comes from a time when no-one would even THINK of making a cup of tea without using a teapot. In a world with fancypants tea brands full of added herbs, spices and fruit, Ringtons stands seperate. It's not that it has stuff added to make it taste better, it's just that it's very high quality to start with.
They've updated a bit now of course. You can now get 'cuppa' Ringtons to make without a teapot, and even decaffeinated, although neither tastes quite the same as the original Ringtons.
Of course, all this personal service and quality comes at a price. It starts at £1.90 for eighty bags, before delivery charges are added. However, they're now starting to open shops for the first time, and I urge everyone to check them out. Ignore the coffees and cocoas - discover how tea SHOULD taste.
Tea and More to your Door
Over three months have passed now since I opened the door to a very handsomely dressed elderly gentleman carrying a large wicker basket and bearing a welcoming, cheerful smile. Im one of those annoying (well, if you happen to be a salesperson) people who generally refuse to buy from the doorstep, and though Im always polite, I am pretty opinionated about it. Long gone are the days when mum used to get the weekly fish from the fish man who would drive his small white van round the streets and open the back doors wide to sell his catch of the day, wonderful freshly caught fish that tasted amazing. Theres always a bit of suspicion nowadays when people come knocking at your door, and woe betide you if you let them in to see that you own a TV, a laptop AND a very fancy five speed, four temperature hairdryer. So you see, the poor chap, had he known my opinions, would probably have missed my house out of his round that day, but Im ever so glad he didnt.
I worry quite a lot about the amount of money I spend with Mr Tesco. I try really hard to source my food locally, but its so hard sometimes, when time is short, or your work day was long, to be bothered to do anything else but trail around Tescos cool isles, and collect your daily fare. We get our fruit and veg now from a local farm, and that really helps I know, but, with this spick and span gentleman on the doorstep I had a sudden epiphany, and realised that here was another way of spending my money locally and blowing a rather noisy raspberry to Mr Tesco. You see, Ringtons are a local company. Founded in 1907, they have been trading from Newcastle upon Tyne ever since, and now, instead of horses and carts, they have fine green and gold vans, delivering tea, coffee and other wondrous stuff to the people of the North East and beyond. They have over 270,000 customers, and the business is still run by the Smith Family, a fourth generation proud of its heritage.
Sign Me Up Please Sir!!
So I signed up to get my tea delivered to my door. How convenient! We go through a lot of tea and coffee in our house, so getting it this way will make a difference to how much we spend at Tescos, and as they (well, Asda ) say, every little helps! So the following Friday, I got my first delivery. A different gentleman, but just as smartly dressed in the Ringtons uniform, arrived at my door with the usual large wicker basket, brimmed full of goodies, to deliver my tea. I got it half price for joining, and added a packet of ginger biscuits to the bill. The tea cost £1.80, but I got it for 90p, and the ginger biscuits cost 99p. A bit more than Id usually spend on a packet of biscuits, but when I opened them, I could see why. Huge rounds of crispy fragrant biscuit, baked golden honey coloured and tasting delicious, I was soon wishing Id bought more than one packet!
On my second visit, I got a packet of biscuits free, and on my third visit, a free £2.00 voucher to use with a purchase of tea. Wonderful! This week, I managed to miss my Tea Man, as I call him, but behind the potted honeysuckle, out of view of the road and out of the rain, was my bag of tea. A small pink note posted through my letterbox informed me of its location, and of the charge to be added to my bill. I can pay next time they come, or I can pay once a month, as I please. This is a great thing, having an account, as sometimes, in these days of cash cards and credit cards, you have barely a hapenny to rub together in the house!
The Quality of the Products
Ive so far been using the Traditional Blend Tea, and enjoy the strength of taste and the lovely golden colour I like my tea to have a bit of colour to it, and this certainly hits the mark on that score. Flavour is good, strong and full, and one bag will easily make two cups of tea. As far as the biscuit side of things goes, weve tried the mallows, which are very moreish, the ginger snaps which I loved and will be buying again, and some low fat cereal bars which were full of apricots, very sweet and quite nice in small amounts!
Other things that Ringtons will deliver include:
Coffee, both caffeinated and de-caffeinated, freshly ground and instant;
Hot chocolate in sachets;
Fruit and herbal teas, including camomile, lemon, ginger and ginseng;
Biscuits, including the ones mentioned above, caramel wafers, sultana cookies and no sugar biscuits;
Tea bags, of course, including de-caffeinated ones and loose teas.
I have to say the service from Ringtons staff is second to none. They are polite, patient and very helpful if you have questions about the products. If theres something you especially want but that they dont have that day, they will arrange to bring it round for you, or ensure its included on the van for your next delivery day. I have never had to ring them yet, but the information you are given when you sign up has a whole section on ways you can contact Ringtons if you need to, including a freephone number.
I really am glad I was in that day to be able to sign up for doorstep delivery. It would never have crossed my mind to go out and arrange a delivery otherwise, and it makes me feel a lot better about my contribution to the local economy. The quality of the tea Ive used has been perfect, and I look forward to many more happy years as a Ringtons customer!
If you would like more information:
FREEPOST NEA 2653
Newcastle upon Tyne
Thank you for reading and happy tea drinking! Kate x
The history of Ringtons Tea
In 1907, Samuel Smith and his business partner, William Titterington, started a company called Ringtons in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Rington from Titterington and the S from Smith. They used to sell everything but a change in the law, changed all that so they could only sell dried eggs and tinned milk, to canned meat and fish just to keep the business ticking over. Originally, orders were from word of mouth but later on, they did door to door. After the war, the business was on the verge of collapse but Samuel Smith didn't give up and the company survived.
In 1964, they started to sell tea, which brought a new era to the company.
In 1974, Ringtons were the smallest of three companies to deliver tea to Marks and Spencers. Today, Ringtons is one of Marks and Spencers major suppliers. Unfortunately, Samuel Smith died 4 years after the war and never saw what his small business became.
Now, they sell lots of products
The Products they sell.
Teas - Loose Teas, Teabags & Speciality Teas
* Loose Teas
* Speciality Teas
Coffees & Hot Chocolate
* Pure Ground Coffees
* Instant Coffees
* Hot Chocolate
Cookies, Biscuits, Sweets & Chocolates
* Cookies & Biscuits
* Sweets & Fancies
Collectors Items & Limited Editions
I always drink Traditional Two-cup tea bags so I will be reviewing this particular Ringtons Product. You can get these by the man/woman in the van. They come round every two weeks or you can order it in the website (www.ringtons.co.uk). The van comes around with teas, coffees, biscuits and they aren't too expensive and all their products are of excellent quality. The man or woman comes to the door with a basket, full of items. If they don't have what you want they will either go to the van and get them or if they don't have any in the van, they will promise to bring you them next time and they usually do.
Also, you can give Ringtons a call to see if there's a van in your area and when he will be around and you ask them to pop in with their goodies.
Every now and then Ringtons bring out collectable pieces. Like plates, tin tea caddies, etc. They always nice and they are not too expensive. My gran especially likes buying the collectibles at Christmas for presents for the family. Usually, the van person gives you a leaflet with all the collectibles on or you get through the post.
Ordering online at www.ringtons.co.uk
Just look around the site and add what you want to your shopping cart then when you're finished, click on checkout.
You have to order a minimum of £10 (including Shipping Charge) They accept payment by the following major credit and debit cards: Visa , MasterCard , Delta and Switch.
Your purchases should arrive within 4 days (UK Mainland)
The Traditional Two-Cup tea bags have 80 in a packet and they cost £1.70.
The wrapper has the usual Ringtons Tea logo on it and it has a picture of a horse and carriage. Old fashioned people and old styled houses. It makes me feel like the recipe for this blend of tea has been passed on from father to son for many generations. The wrapper tells you a best before date. You can keep them longer than that but then the taste might have faded. Rip open the wrapper and you will find two silver packets. Each contains 40 tea bags each. These silver packets are air tight and quite hard to open.
On the wrapper with the picture, it tells you all the details to contact Ringtons.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Ringtons Customer careline
If you have any queries or questions regarding our service or our products please call
FREEPHONE 0800 052 2440
Although, they cost slightly more than normal tea bags, they are worth it. The taste of the tea is fantastic. I haven't been able to drink any other tea since having Ringtons. It tastes like tea should taste like. Nice, warm, homely. As my gran puts it, a proper Northern cup of tea. Ringtons use the best blend of tea leaves and gives you a strong and quality cup of tea. You could actually get three cups out of this two-cup tea bag although third cup is quite a lot weaker than the first two.
I'd recommend these tea bags to anyone. Give them a try. What do you have to lose?
I thought I would like all you to know about a fantastic company which originated in the North East of England and has a base in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is called Ringtons and its main distribution used to be tea but it has diversified to also selling coffee, biscuits and chocolate together with collectable trivia items. Ringtons was founded in 1907 by Samuel Smith who went door to door supplying teas and coffees and since that time has been delivering really first class products to their customers throughout England but, in my opinion, primarily in the North of England. Originally, orders would be placed by word of mouth and delivered by the horse and cart but nowadays their deliveries are made by van and with modern technology you can even order from the comfort of your own home via your computer. They now have a portfolio of products that really compliment each other: Teas Coffees Biscuits Drinking chocolate Collectable Gifts I know quite a lot about their products because the Ringtons van goes to my mam?s house every alternate Tuesday at 12.00. Mam has been buying their teas etc. ever since I was a little girl and so I have actually ?grown up? with Ringtons, so to speak. The lad arrives at the door with a large wicker basket full of goodies, tea, coffee, biscuits, cappuccino etc. If he hasn?t got what you want in his basket then he will go back to his van and get the desired item or, if he hasn?t got any left, then he will bring it with him next time he calls What I like about this method is the personal touch. You don?t often get that these days. He knows mam and mam trusts him. Not only the personal touch but the goods they sell are first class, yes, I really mean first class. They are not expensive and are such good value for money. Only the best tea leaves are used and you can tell ? the tea is very strong. So strong that you can almost get 3 cups of te
a out of one teabag and I am not joking at all. Great value for your money. Let me give you examples of some of their products:- **Extra Fresh 80 Tea Bags** Premium quality tea which is vacuum packed on the tea estate which results in extra freshness to the customer. They put emphasis on Kenyan teas with a selection of Assam which creates a blend producing a unique fresh flavour and has such a distinctive aroma. Cost £1.90 **Traditional 80 Tea Bags** Good all-round cuppa. Cost £1.70 **Traditional Blend 160 Tea Bags** Same teas as in their Traditional blend, but this tea is ideal for families who need a large supply at a cheaper cost but without foregoing quality. Cost: £3.19 **Cuppas - 100 Teabags** This blend was developed for those of us who don?t like making a pot of tea so this is ideal for a quick cup of tea. Cost: £1.80 **Connoisseur - 80 Teabags** These teabags are made purely from a special blend of teas from the Highlands of Kenya. Only the finest leaves are used to give it a strength and flavour that the true tea connoisseur will appreciate. Cost: £1.99 **Northumbrian Blend (250g / 8.8oz)** A refreshing blend, with a unique pungent and strong flavour which has the added benefit of the Extra Fresh label - this tea is of the very highest quality. Cost: £1.85 **Earl Grey 50 Tea Bags** One of the finest Earl Grey tea bags available which uses only the finest Kenyan teas, delicately scented with natural oil of bergamot. Cost: £1.30 Now I can personally recommend these Earl Grey tea bags because they were the only ones I drank for quite some time until I started drinking the decaffeinated variety (unfortunately Ringtons do not produce the decaff Earl Grey variety yet). Every two weeks mam would buy me a few packets and I would be greeted with packets upon packets on my vi
sits up North. Needless to say I used to take up an extra bag just for transporting my Earl Grey tea bags back down South! Let me warn you that the tea bag is extremely strong ? unlike the normal Earl Grey varieties ? and it also has a strong bergamot flavour. I would put one teabag into a small teapot and easily get two large cups of tea out of only one little tea bag. I still have quite a few packets left but, if you want a free try, let me know and I could perhaps send you a packet. First come, first served basis! **Instant Cappuccino** This is mam?s favourite and she buys a lot of this coffee. It is a rich, smooth Cappuccino style drink in an instant - even comes with individual chocolate topping for that Italian touch! Mam doesn?t like the chocolate so she saves the packets for me and I also bring those back down South with me! They are really handy for sprinkling over my yogurts or other desserts. Pack contains 10 Cappuccino sachets and 10 chocolate toppings. Cost: £1.79 Then we have various blends of instant, decaffeinated and gold blends of coffee ranging in price up to approximately £2.99. They claim all their coffees are fresh and produced at their Newcastle facilities and they produce freshly roasted delicate blends and strong/distinctive blends for the coffee connoisseur. Ringtons also produce a fantastic range of biscuits which are simply to die for. I adore their ginger snap biscuits ? they are so crisp with a light flavour of ginger yet taste quite buttery at the same time. Their chocolate mallows are simply delicious ? the best I have ever eaten. Then there are the sultana biscuits, chocolate brazil nut biscuits and their caramel wafers all retailing at approximately £1.25. Now these biscuits are large ones so they are really good value for money. As well as the ranges mentioned above, Ringtons produce a range of collector?s items and memorabilia. Let me tell you a story. My s
ister in law and her husband used to buy derelict houses, renovate them and then sell them. The first places they would search would be the attics and cellars. They usually found antiques which they could sell ? let me tell you that they were two lucky bu?.ers! One house they bought produced a selection of very old Ringtons teaware ? tea pots, jugs and tea caddies. These were in the famous Ringtons blue and white design and were worth a lot of money. There are examples of these in the Sunderland Museum. As far as I am aware, I think she still owns these. Now, Ringtons keep bringing out various pieces for collection. For example, my mam bought a Millennium commemoration plate (blue and white) for herself and one for me. She keeps buying me little bits and pieces which I keep for my old age (just in case they become valuable). She bought a lovely Rington?s van money box for my eldest grandson which he keeps at my house ? just in case he breaks it. I also have a herb set (3 pots on a platter) which I actually use in my kitchen and mam says she has bought me some other kitchen items from Ringtons which I well get when I go up in June to look after her when she has her operation. Now Ringtons are offering customers their new service, which offers them the same high quality English products to addresses throughout the World. They get the finest quality ingredients from various sources before shipping them to their production factory in the North of England, where they carefully blend and pack a variety of traditional and innovative recipes. All you have to do is browse their catalogue and order giving your credit card details. I also noticed, when looking at their website, that they have created a Catering Division supplying a range of coffee machines to businesses. They supply to hotel chains, cafes, restaurants, offices and car dealerships. They say they can support their business customers by offering various ranges of fina
nce options such as: Free loan Rental Purchase Agreements to suit If you run a business and you are interested then give them a call on Freephone 0800 052 2440. Check them out. They run a Customer Care Department and all their products are back by their commitment to quality, value for money and high customer care standards. I BELIEVE THEM. Their website is: http://www.ringtons.co.uk If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply telephone or email them within 30 days to arrange a replacement, exchange or refund. They really are an old-fashioned family company who greatly value your custom! So why don?t you have a look at their website and try their products. I am certain that you will be highly delighted with them.