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Afternoon tea wasn’t introduced in England until the 1840’s. Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, is credited to begin the tradition of London afternoon tea. During the late afternoon i.e. between English breakfast and the late suppers, she would get that “sinking” feeling. The solution to this feeling was a pot of water, some bread, butter and cakes, which was sent to her boudoir. There she would brew the tea and appease her appetite. Later, she is said to have shared her idea with friends and by the mid-1840’s London afternoon tea had become a widespread social event in England. Along with its popularity came very strict social rules, customs and elaborate accoutrement. If you happen to have tea at the Ritz, you are required to followsame tradition.
High Tea London is often a misnomer of the Afternoon tea in United Kingdom. Most people refer it as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when in all actuality, high tea, or “meat tea” is dinner. High tea, in Britain, at any rate, tends to be on the heavier side. And tea at the Ritz is a perfect example of it. American hotels and tea rooms, on the other hand, offer tidbits of fancy pastries and cakes on delicate china when they offer a “high tea.”
This traditional afternoon tea is also called “low tea” because it was usually taken in a sitting room or drawing room with low-height tables. There are three basic types of afternoon or low tea:
- Cream Tea – tea, scones, jam and cream
- Light Tea – tea, scones and sweets
- Full Tea – tea, savouries, scones, sweets and dessert
In England, the traditional time for tea was four or five o’clock. Most tea rooms and hotels in London today serve afternoon tea from three to five o’clock. The menu has also changed from tea, bread, butter and cakes, to include three particular courses served specifically in this order:
- Savouries – tiny sandwiches and crumpets
- Scones – served with jam and Devonshire or clotted cream
- Pastries – home made traditional English cakes and French miniature pastries
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