Afternoon Tea is one of the country’s favourite treats. A quintessentially British tradition that delights with finger sandwiches, scones, pastries and a cup of tea or maybe a glass of bubbly as well!
Here are 5 fun facts you may not have known about Afternoon Tea.
1. Afternoon Tea was introduced in the 1840’s by the 7th Duchess of Bedford. The Duchess often found herself hungry in the afternoon, she asked that a pot of tea and a snack was put out for her in the afternoon, and she began inviting her friends to join her.
2. Follow the rules! Etiquette for how to start your Afternoon Tea can be tricky but as a guide -As you begin to eat your food, always start from the bottom of the tea stand and make your way to the top. For sandwiches, start with the lightest fillings such as cucumber or egg first.
3. According to UK Tea & Infusions Association, 165 million cups of tea are drunk in the UK every day of the year. But did you know in the past, you would add milk to the teacup first to protect the delicate china from the hot tea. And when stirring your tea, start from the 6 o'clock position moving upwards to 12 o'clock. This gentle back and forth motion is the preferred etiquette, rather than the common circular stir.
4. Scones were not included in afternoon tea until the early 1900’s. And exactly how you pronounce ‘Scone’ is still a hotly debated topic!
5. Afternoon Tea is traditionally served between 2pm and 5pm whereas High Tea is served between 5pm and 7pm. The terms ‘low tea’ (Afternoon Tea) and ‘high tea’ refer to whether tea was taken at low tables or high dinner tables. Low tea is, surprisingly, posher than high tea.
This September and October we are offering 2 Full Afternoon Tea’s for £29.95 (usually £18.95 per person). To make your reservation for this Afternoon Treat, call the team on 01590 623467 and quote “Autumn Afternoon Tea”.