Afternoon tea – history and facts
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
One of the finest traditions in the UK is afternoon tea – a well known tradition of tea and delights such as finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and other delicious sweet desserts. But do you know how did it all started?
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. (Source Historic UK)
Our Lovat kitchen team know exactly how to treat you for your afternoon tea! They can create a delicious selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, preserve & whipped cream, mini tarts, cakes and macaroons. Our recently refurbished drawing room will be the perfect place to experience the tradition of afternoon tea. If you want to see where your afternoon tea will be served, check the blog post New Season – New Drawing Room.
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