Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century and it is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day; breakfast and dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a light snack during the afternoon. This is where the idea of afternoon tea was born.
Occasionally you will see hotels serving a ‘high tea’. Traditionally, the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea around four o’clock. The middle and lower classes would have a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in the day, at five or six o’clock, in place of a late dinner. The names derive from the height of the tables on which the meals are served, high tea being served at the dinner table.
Many visitors from overseas still imagine that we are a nation where, in the words of the well-known song, ‘at half past three, everything stops for tea’. Sadly these days Afternoon Tea is usually only an occasional luxury for the British; a birthday treat, or a welcome break from a hectic days shopping.
We carry on this tradition every day at Dearden Tea Rooms serving afternoon tea with a choice of freshly baked treats, soft & delicate sandwiches & a pot of your favourite loose tea.
Here at Dearden Tea Rooms we offer afternoon tea from 12 – 3pm to fit round your hectic days. £5 deposit required at the time of booking.
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