Tea and porcelain teacups were produced in China as early as 3500 BC. In Europe, afternoon tea became a fashionable social event in the 1840’s, two hundred years after the first tea was brought from China. As a young women, Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford lived during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day, with breakfast scheduled early in the morning and dinner occurring late in the evening. Weakened and irritated by hunger pangs each day, she decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done in her bedroom, but over time well-heeled acquaintances joined her and the practice was perpetuated. It became a truly British institution and tradition. Nowadays tea rooms throughout the country offer variations of this centuries-old tradition.
|Afternoon tea in the garden!|
|Gluten free orange and almond cake|
|Chequers Home Made Red Velvet Cake!|