Back in the day, heading out for a great afternoon is much associated with spending Afternoon Tea with friends, family members and people you'd like to share a cup with. Though times has changed, this long tradition is embedded in our history and we take a great sense of pride, knowing that there are, up to these days, institutions, shops and cafe's who are enjoying the tradition of Afternoon Tea gathering.
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.
Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularized in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.
Afternoon Tea DO's:
Don't fret, no special dress needed, just a relax smart casual updo will definitely bring its flair.
Choosing your Tea
The best way to go is always to pick your own brew, different people - different taste
Cakes, pastries or freshly baked scones, whatever your preference is, with jam -no jam, with clotted cream - no cream, it's all to you. Don't be afraid to explore though, you'll never know what it taste like until you've tasted it, agree???
To dunk or not to dunk
It is the kid in us that gets us in somewhat silly situations, to dunk our cookie in our milk, having an Afternoon Tea in a public venue, however, deserves a little bit more flair, so if you can, a resounding - no to dunk - is the answer.
Should you stir your tea?, of course you should, if you can, try the art of stirring from the 6 o'clock hand of the clock towards the 12 o'clock rotation, but of course there's no worries if you stir the other way around, however, never ever leave your spoon in the cup, put it on the side of the saucer.
Indeed, sip up to the last drop but please, unlike noodles where the noisy sip is like music, this is not true to sipping your good cup of tea, once again, Afternoon Tea is practiced with flair.
There you have it, we believe this covered the whole idea of enjoying your tea and even more so, your socializing with an Afternoon Tea gathering with friends and family. Overall, the Afternoon Tea is meant to be a enjoyed, it's meant to be relaxing and pretty much, simple joys in life that brings us closer than ever.