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During Afternoon Tea Week
Scones slathered in lashings of cream and jam, delicately flavoured tea in fine china and impossibility delicate finger sandwiches - the Afternoon Tea is the quintessential British favourite and always raises a smile. Afternoon Tea Week celebrates the tradition and all the fantastic choice across the country - from quaint tea rooms, 5* hotels, countryside venues, city boutiques and everything in between. Taking place from 12th - 18th August, there’s no better time to lift your teacup (or flute if you’ve opted for some bubbly) in celebration of deliciousness.
Afternoon tea was introduced in England in the year 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. 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 (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit 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.
We could all use a few moments to pause in our hectic daily life to delight in the simple joy of taking afternoon tea with friends and family. A tea visit makes a wonderful gift too for someone who could use a delicious pick-me-up.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry James
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