There's Always Time for Tea
Posted on February 24, 2016 by Sabina
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James
Originating back in the 1840's, afternoon tea evolved as a small meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal. It traditionally includes sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a range of sweet treats such as cakes and pastries.
Initially it developed as a private event for ladies, but soon became a formal occasion on a much larger scale known as 'tea receptions'. These functions could have up to as many as 200 guests.
Did you know?
- The most expensive tea bags in the world are called Yellow Gold Tea Buds and cost around $105.71 for 50 grams (roughly 25 cups).. That's one seriously expensive cuppa!
- During World War I, afternoon tea was restricted due to rationing, as a result of this, after the war the tradition was not taken up again. If somebody wished to partake in afternoon tea they would visit a tea room or a hotel and this is why afternoon tea is now commonly served in hotels around the UK! With us doing the hard work and finding the best one for you, of course!
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