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First flush of Darjeeling blessed at cathedral tea service

Borough Market trader Ratan Mondal - who runs the Tea2You stall - brought the first flush of Darjeeling to Southwark Cathedral on Thursday to be blessed by the Dean of Southwark.

First flush of Darjeeling blessed at cathedral tea service
Ratan Mondal and Very Revd Andrew Nunn
First flush of Darjeeling blessed at cathedral tea service
The newly blessed tea is carried in procession from Southwark Cathedral to the Tea2You stall in Borough Market

Mr Mondal travelled to the Darjeeling province in the foothills of the Himalayas last month where he produced tea from the first harvest – known as the first flush – of this year's crop.

Tea2You brought three bags of tea to Southwark Cathedral on Thursday where the dean, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, presided at a short service of thanksgiving and blessing in the Harvard Chapel.

Mr Mondal recommends enjoying the tea without milk and without using a strainer.

Tea2You's shop is located in Three Crown Square at Borough Market.

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