Thompson’s Tea

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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, Punjana, we have been proudly blending and packing our award-winning range in Northern Ireland 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. Easier said than done…but give it a try, we think you’ll love it!

Tea bags and loose leaf tea

Speciality tea bags including –

Green Tea

Earl Grey

Pure Peppermint

Pure Camomile and others


  • BRC Global Food Safety Grade AA
  • ISO 1400 Environmental Management System
  • ISO 45001 Health and Safety Management

Awards held

  • Awarded over 120 Gold Stars from the Guild of Fine Foods since 2005.
  • Great Taste Awards 2020: Two Stars for Thompson's Irish Breakfast Tea bags and One Star each for Thompson's Signature Blend tea bags and Punjana Tea bags.
  • 2018 Great Taste Awards – Thompson’s Signature and Thompson’s Special Everyday the only two teas to be awarded the maximum 3 Gold Stars.
  • 2017 Blas na hEireann Gold Award for Thompson’s Punjana.
  • NIFDA People’s Choice Award 2015 & 2017 – Punjana officially NI’s favourite food and drink product as voted for by the public.
  • NIFDA Awards 2017: People's Choice Award

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