In the mid 1800’s, the Duchess of Bedford began taking mid afternoon tea with the finest bread and butter. Little did she know that the custom would be embellished, become more grand and remain fashionable long after she had passed. Whether served in a high society establishment in the middle of London (Claridges anyone?) or even in the comfort of your own home, this elegant pastime is a great way to keep up a tradition that adds a touch of nostalgic glam to an everyday affair. Scones with clotted cream, cucumber sandwiches and the finest Battenburg or Victoria sponge all make an appearance.
At High Tea however, the gastronomic indulgence is taken to another level. Served between 5 and 6, this developed in the 1600’s by famers and field workers to starve off hunger bangs until dinnertime. High tea also includes things that are more substantial such as Welsh Rarebit, cold meats, bread and therefore earned the nickname ‘meat tea’. Up the luxe factor of this former labourers pastime and serve on the finest China – the Duchess will most certainly approve.