A brief history of the Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea Week has been established to help secure a tradition that has graced British afternoons since the 1840’s. It was designed at a time when lunch was not such a thing as it is today, so finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream and sweet treats such as cakes and pastries became a tradition to keep one going until dinner.
Tea was the most central part of the meal a tradition started by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. She often found herself feeling weary or worn down in the middle of the day, and a pot of tea with a snack just seemed to be the best way to take care of it. She started to invite friends to join her and the snowball that would become Afternoon Tea began. Once Queen Victoria joined the Afternoon Tea tradition it really started to take off with the ‘tea reception’ becoming an event not to be missed from small social gathering to huge events including society’s most important faces.
How to celebrate
Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week is simple, for the length of the week make a pause for Afternoon Tea a part of your day. A cup of tea, a few sweet treats, and a sit down will help drive you through the rest of your day. In true British fashion lets enjoy a cuppa each day and remember it is Afternoon Tea Week. Tag us in your pictures of you having your Afternoon Tea.
If you want to treat yourself to Afternoon Tea here are a few of our favourite places across our region to indulge:
The Ivy Cheltenham: www.theivycheltenhambrasserie.com
Belmond Le Manoir: www.belmond.com
Malmaison Cheltenham: www.malmaison.com
Tewkesbury Park: www.tewkesburypark.co.uk
Calcot Manor: www.calcot.co
Chateau Impney: www.chateauimpney.com
Shakespeare England: www.shakespeare-england.co.uk