A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

 

Afternoon Tea all started in the 1800’s when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who, at the time was a close friend of Queen Victoria and a prominent figure within London society complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon.

The time between taking luncheon and dinner was quite substantial and she found herself wanting something light and sweet in the afternoon. Her hunger was something shared amongst high society, as the concept of Afternoon Tea quickly grew.

During the 1880s 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. During the summer months, Afternoon Tea was often served outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original Afternoon Tea was more of a light bite than the Afternoon Tea we see today. Today it is taken as a meal in itself rather than as a stop-gap to quell rumbling tummies in the afternoon. The modern Afternoon Tea is often regarded as a celebration meal, something special to enjoy as a treat.

Afternoon Tea is quite at home in our beautiful period ballroom, where it can be taken in decadent surroundings. Book today for a special treat!