UK Afternoon Tea Etiquette!


What is afternoon tea?


Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a: Quintessential British custom. Associated with the beverage that’s tea. Afternoon tea became popular across Britain (but especially in 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 8:00 P.M. Afternoon tea became popular among. Upper-class women looking to climb the social ladder.

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 as 200 separate invitees. To begin with, who would be granted entrance to a host’s home between the hours of 4:00  and 7:00 P.M. They would arrive and leave within this time frame as they pleased.

Five Fun Facts about afternoon tea:


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!
  3. Low Tea is “posher” than High Tea
  4. For a “proper cuppa”, add the milk last

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

  1. 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?


Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is all about indulging in an experience. Once only possible for the highest echelons of British society. It is 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


Additional questions popular questions answered:


Afternoon Tea

What is the dress code for Afternoon Tea?


First, before you even plunk down to appreciate a delightful Afternoon Tea almost certainly, you will be pondering about the clothing standard for what appears to be a particularly formal event. Most settings have a casual ‘savvy easy going’ clothing regulation nowadays, so there is no requirement for men to wear a coat and tie (except if in any case indicated) – pants or keen pants, caught shirt and clean/un-scraped shoes are worthy. No active apparel or coaches (tennis shoes). For the women, it is the ideal pardon to get spruced up!

How should I stir my tea?


Regular practice directs that when eating the scone part of an Afternoon Tea you would sever little pieces and top each segment with the ideal measure of margarine, cream or jam eating them separately to stay away from any friendly incidents. This anyway is an undeniably less noticed rule, and some may decide to cut the scone fifty-fifty and top each part with the ideal jelly and cream.

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