Afternoon Tea !

25/08/2020

With the relaunch of our beloved and very missed. Afternoon tea at The Savannah. We thought this is the perfect time. To educate our readers on the history of afternoon tea.

What is afternoon tea?

 

Afternoon tea is a: Quintessential British custom. Associated with the beverage that’s tea. Generally speaking afternoon tea became popular across Britain (but especially England).  Following’s its creation by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840. – At the start of Queen Victoria’s reign. It started out as something of a mini-meal to quench. Hunger between lunch and dinner. The latter of which is served around 8pm. Afternoon tea became popular among. Upper class women looking to climb the social ladder.

 

Afternoon tea 2

 

By the time Queen Victoria gave the ritual her seal of approval. Consequently it’s popularity peaked, developing into. What was previously known as a ‘tea reception’. These receptions were attended by as many 200 separate invitees.  To begin with whom would be granted entrance to a host’s home between the hours of 4pm and 7pm. They would arrive and leave within this time frame as they pleased.

Five Fun Facts about afternoon tea:

 

  1. 80% of Britons drink tea and consume 165 million cups daily, or 60.2 billion cups a year!
  2. High Tea is not the same as afternoon tea!

Afternoon tea is derived from the social tradition. Started by the Duchess of Bedford. Taken at around 4 – 6 pm, it typically comprises Devonshire cream tea and an assortment of delicate crust less sandwiches, sweets, and cakes.

3. Low Tea is “posher” than High Tea

4. For a “proper cuppa”, add milk last

If you really want to drink tea like they do on Downton Abbey, you will add your milk last.

5. Cream Tea in Devon and Cornwall are different

Clotted between the way Cream Tea. Is eaten in the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Is the order of applying the silky-smooth. Clotted cream and the delicious strawberry preserves.

In what order are you served courses for afternoon tea?

 

As afternoon tea is all about indulging in an experience. Once only possible for the highest echelons of British society. It’s all about tradition; even though tradition. That has evolved and no doubt will continue.  The tea itself ought to be sipped and never glugged down. While the food should be eaten with care and gracefulness.

 The order in which you’re served the food courses ought to be as follows:

 

High Tea is traditionally an end of day meal for the working class. Comprising things like cold meats, pies. Salad, pickles, bread and butter, cakes, and a pot of tea.
Afternoon tea is derived from the social tradition. Started by the Duchess of Bedford. Taken at around 4 – 6 pm, it typically comprises. Devonshire cream tea and an assortment of. Delicate crust less sandwiches, sweets, and cakes.

  1. Low Tea is “posher” than High Tea
  2. For a “proper cuppa”, add milk last

If you really want to drink tea like they do on Downton Abbey, you will add your milk last.

  1. Cream Tea in Devon and Cornwall are different

A subtle distinction between the way Cream Tea. Is eaten in the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Is the order of applying the silky-smooth. Clotted cream and the delicious strawberry preserves.

In what order are you served courses for afternoon tea?

 

As afternoon tea is all about indulging in an experience. Once only possible for the highest echelons of British society. It’s all about tradition; even though tradition. That has evolved and no doubt will continue.  The tea itself ought to be sipped and never glugged down. While the food should be eaten with care and gracefulness.

 

The order in which you’re served the food courses ought to be as follows:

 

  1. Sandwiches
  2. Scones, pastries and cakes
  3. The drinking of the tea takes place throughout the afternoon tea

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