The Victorians knew the value of a good cup of tea. None more so than our founder Walter Whittard, born in 1861 to a family of successful leather merchants but destined to pursue his principal passion: to source the finest quality tea, coffee and cocoa from across the globe. His was a tale of the most refined connoisseurship, inspired by no shortage of imagination.
He founded our company in 1886 and 130 years later we remain true to our founder’s philosophy: to buy the best and blend the brightest. From brave new brews and innovative equipment to classic chinaware and old-time favourites, our constantly expanding collection has been over a century in the making. Then again, a truly excellent cup of tea, coffee or cocoa is well worth taking a little time over… The store team here in Exeter has a wealth of experience and knowledge, we guarantee we’ll find a tea, coffee or cocoa you’ll love, one that’s destined to become your new favourite!