Until the early nineteenth century, people drank tea throughout the day. Tea was considered a “digestif” after the main evening meal. The credit for the British institution of the “afternoon tea” was given to Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford and lady in waiting to Queen Victoria. According to legend, because of a long gap between a light luncheon and a late evening meal, she is said to have experienced what she called “a sinking feeling” in the middle of the afternoon. To satisfy her hunger, she asked for a pot of tea and a little light refreshment to be sent to her boudoir. She found this arrangement to be so agreeable that she quickly started sending out invitations to her friends to join her for afternoon tea in her dressing rooms. Shortly thereafter, fashionable Londoners were regularly socializing to drink tea and eat dainty sandwiches and pastries.
Information from The Tea Companion by Jane Pettigrew
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as Afternoon Tea" ~ Henry James
Warmed scones with jam, lemon curd, and Devonshire Cream and sandwiches will be served followed by a course of tempting mini desserts.
Learn the differences between the tea types, how they are produced, the history, the health benefits and of course we taste all the different teas.
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