When was the last time you had a proper traditional afternoon tea? Our delicious sandwiches and quiches, followed by delectable home-made scones with strawberry preserve & cream and topped off with sweet cakes and pastries, is no small thing and we’ve definitely earned our bragging rights with this add-on to the guest house.
Afternoon Teas can be served on the beautiful Roof Terrace on a sunny day or in front of the cozy fire place when the winter chill starts creeping in.
The History of Afternoon Teas
A Great British Tradition:
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”