When you think of English high tea..
You may think of fancy places to have tea, wealthy people dressed up and tiny finger sandwiches.
Perhaps you may think of the Victorian era. In fact, this is really considered low tea which is held at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
My favorite places to have tea in New York City
1. The Plaza Hotel (Palm Court Room)
2. Lady Mendel Tea Salon
3. The Ritz Carlton
Having a party?
What tea should you serve? How about:
1. Earl Grey
Some Food Ideas to Serve
1. Small finger sandwiches consisting of cucumbers
3. Scones served with jam
4. Clotted cream
The Start Of It All
Anna, The Duchess of Bedford is said to have started the tradition of afternoon tea in 1840.
The aristocracy of her time would eat dinner after 7:00 p.m.
The Duchess was simply hungry and decided to have a light snack around 4:00 p.m. to ease her hunger and tide her over until dinner later that night
Eventually she started to invite friends over for afternoon tea and a tradition was born.
The Duchess and Family Years Later
Generations later, the family of the Duchess' was at risk of losing their family home. They managed to keep their family estate, Woburn in Bedforshire, England from being sold to pay taxes.
To do this the family opened parts of the estate to the public and offered it as a venue for weddings and corporate events. It also has a golf course and safari adventure.
Yes, they do serve high tea.
Did you know...
In London, the Ritz hotel opened in 1906 and began serving afternoon tea and was the place to be seen in.
It also is reported to be the first to allow unaccompanied women into the hotel.
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