High Tea

Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary. ~Chinese Proverb

dining delights and all things nice… today, high tea is an extravagant afternoon tea served between 12 – 3pm.  from freshly brewed teas from a variety of flavors, to petite but flavorsome club sandwiches, devonshire scones and MACaRONS.  high tea is an age-old english tradition…

 

Origins
Afternoon tea as it is commonly known , is a popular and ancient past time in the UK.  The china on which the tea is served is as important as the tea itself, after all ‘high tea’ is a glorified word for afternoon tea which was commonly used to impress people in the past.
It is believed that credit for the custom of the Afternoon Tea goes to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. The usual habit of serving dinner as late as 9pm left the Duchess hungry in the late afternoon. To stave off the hunger she would order tea, bread and butter and cakes to be served in her room. This was thought to be an excellent idea and the habit caught on hence afternoon tea was born

Low tea – Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea (or Low tea) is a usually a light meal served around 4:00 p.m. This tradition still exists around the world but is not nearly as popular as it used to be. But there are hotels and tea shops that continue the tradition
Who knew low tea existed? I didn’t 🙂

High tea – Late afternoon tea
High tea is often thought of as a formal, fancy time but it is actually an early evening meal, typically eaten around 5:00 and 6:00 pm. It is often a replacement in place of both afternoon tea and the evening meal. The term comes from the meal being eaten at the ‘high’ (main) table, instead of a smaller lounge (low) table.

High tea typically is made up of cold meats, eggs and/or fish, cakes and sandwiches. For families it is often not as formal and can be a snack or the main meal of the evening.

In rural and working class environments, high tea would be a generous meal eaten by workers at night time and was a combination of afternoon tea and the night time supper.

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour
dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea”
Henry James

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