A hotel is the perfect place for a proper brew and a proper proposal

If there’s one way to guarantee a ‘yes’, it’s to propose to your tea loving girlfriend using a box of personalised Yorkshire Tea in York’s only five star hotel, The Grand Hotel & Spa.

Taylors of Harrogate, producer of Yorkshire Tea, has enjoyed a partnership with The Grand Hotel & Spa for 7 years. Now the companies, which both share a strong passion for tradition and quality, have been able to share a special moment with one of their customers.

Neal Seccombe, 33, from Newcastle, got in touch with Yorkshire Tea in May last year to see if the brand could help him pop the question, in an original way, to his now fiancée, Jessica Starkey. Of course Yorkshire Tea did so happily and created a specially made box with the words’ Marry Me’ in the place of the iconic brand’s name.

Natalie Cross, out of home manager at Taylors of Harrogate, said: “The Grand Hotel & Spa prides itself on delivering its guests with a high quality experience, and a proper cup of tea is integral to this. As a supplier to the hotel we are delighted to be a part of this experience.

“We do things properly here at Yorkshire Tea, so we were thrilled to be able to help Neal with his ‘proper’ proposal. We wish the couple all the best at their wedding. We’re pleased to be a part of this proposal, especially since it’s with our long-standing and cherished partner, The Grand Hotel & Spa.”

On the day itself, Neal whisked Jess away for a romantic break at The Grand Hotel & Spa, York, Yorkshire’s finest five-star luxury hotel, where the couple stayed at the very beginning of their relationship, the perfect setting for the proposal.

Maria Florou, general manager of Grand Hotel & Spa, York said; “We are all about romance here at the Grand and we are thrilled that Neal has chosen our special venue to propose to Jessica. We hope to welcome them back to celebrate their big day here with us.”

Before heading out for dinner at the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant, Hudson’s, Neal asked Jess, who averages an impressive six to eight cups of Yorkshire Tea per day, if she’d like a cup of tea. A question which he already knew the answer to, and instead of the usual box of tea, presented her with the personalised box which had the ring nestled inside.

Neal said: “Jess is a big tea drinker, if you ask her if she wants a brew you can guarantee the answer will be a yes! So, when I began thinking about how I could pop the question, and make the moment as special as possible, it seemed like a no-brainer to collaborate with her favourite tea brand. I was delighted when they agreed to get involved and I really appreciate the help; I actually think Jess is more excited about the box than the ring!”

Jess added “I had absolutely no idea Neal was going to propose, I was in total shock, but luckily we had chance to calm down with a brew afterwards…”

The couple are yet to set a date, but one detail of the wedding has already been agreed – brews all round.