Afternoon Teas

History of Afternoon Tea

During the 19th Century it was customary to have 2 meals a day morning and evening, during this time the 7th Duchess of Bedford complained of ‘having that sinking feeling’ during the late afternoon.  The solution was to have a pot of tea and a light snack during the afternoon, this became more of a social gathering in the summer and was often coupled with a walk.

Before long it was fashionable to drink tea and have sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

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High Tea or Afternoon Tea

The differences between High Tea and Low Tea (Afternoon Tea) is time of serving and type of food,  Low Tea was served mid afternoon about 4 O’clock just before the fashionable promenade in Hyde Park and consists of finger foods, an afternoon snack, served on fine bone china and very classy .  High Tea would be served later in the day about 5 or 6 O’clock instead of the late dinner and be more of a meal.  The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals were served, high tea would have been served at dinner tables.

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Afternoon Tea or Cream Tea

Afternoon tea is made up of three courses and a pot of tea.  A savoury course with tea and sandwiches, the scone course with clotted cream and jam and a third course of cakes.

Cream tea is just one course of scones with clotted cream and jam with a pot of tea.  The big question that prevails is does the cream or jam go on the scone first.