UK AFTERNOON TEA ETIQUETTE GUIDE!

25/07/2022

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.

By the time Queen Victoria gave the ritual her seal of approval. Consequently, its 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 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 afternoon tea facts!

 

  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 crustless sandwiches, sweets, and cakes.

3. Low Tea is “posher” than High Tea

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

If you want to drink tea as 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 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:

 

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 the tea?

 

While setting up your tea, there are numerous manners by which you can tailor the beverage to your very own preferences. This can be through the expansion of lemon, sugar or milk. Regardless of what your backup, there is one thing that consistently stands: you should make sure to mix accurately! Spot your spoon in a 6 o’clock position in the cup and overlap the tea towards the 12 o’clock position while making a point not to ‘ring’ the spoon against the sides of the cup. You should likewise recollect to not leave the spoon in the cup, rather putting it on the saucer to the side of the cup.

How should I eat my scones?

 

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 in order 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.

Should I put milk or tea into the cup first?

 

The subject of the request in which you add milk to tea or tea to drain is potentially the most fervently bantered of all the tea related conundrums and tragically, in the same way as other great tea specialists before us, we can’t offer the authoritative answer. The two ways of thinking have outstanding advantages. Assuming you put the tea in first, you permit the visitor to enhance their own tea to their own inclination.

Placing milk in first obviously offers a superior blend of the two fluids and generally the virus milk shielded fragile China from bubbling tea that may break or harm it. You can normally settle on the choice yourself by pouring your own tea, however at a portion of the top lodgings the tea is poured for you, and you add the milk a while later.

Despite the relative multitude of interesting practices related with the experience, the significant thing to recall is that Afternoon Tea is intended to be fun, and you can’t allow the decorum to get a lot in the method of your very own delight.

Is it acceptable to dunk biscuits into my tea?

 

There is not much to say on this matter, other than a very stern and finger-wagging no! In the privacy of your own home, this is a perfectly acceptable and enjoyable practice, however, we suggest you do not partake in this when taking Afternoon Tea in one of the finest hotels in the country.

 

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