National Afternoon Tea Week is upon us – this week-long celebration of this great tradition of taking Afternoon Tea and takes place this year starting Month 9th of August 2021.
But, when did we start taking afternoon tea? What does it consist of? What is the difference between Afternoon Tea and High Tea? Where is the best place to get afternoon tea and High tea in Inverness?
Read the getzz guide below!
The History of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is a small meal taken in the afternoon consisting of tea, cakes, sandwiches, scones and pastries.
Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford introduced it to Britain in 1840. She was very fond of requesting a tray of tea and cakes around 4pm to bridge the gap until 8 pm dinner.
It was adopted by ladies in the higher echelons of society as a private social function. So, developed into a more formal affair after Queen Victoria became a fan.
Today it’s seen as more of a treat than an everyday custom. Families will visit restaurants and cafes, or bust out the best china to make afternoon tea special as they catch up with their loved ones.
What Does Afternoon Tea Consist of?
Traditional Afternoon Teas consists of:
- Tea served in a China teapot
- Scones with clotted cream
But there are no set rules anymore with many people opting for more savoury options on the menu.
Teas like Earl Grey, Darjeeling or a more exotic Lapsang Souchong are often served. But, a more modern take on the menu is to substitute the tea for a cheeky glass/bottle of prosecco. That’ll certainly put a spring in your step for the rest of your day!
The sandwiches are often of the finger variety with fillings including egg, cucumber, salmon, ham and mustard, or coronation chicken.
The Difference Between Afternoon Tea and High Tea
These terms are used interchangeably these days. But, there is a difference. The afternoon version was more of a social event borne of the upper classes and enjoyed in opulent surroundings. Whilst High Tea was a working-class 18th Century tradition, established during the Industrial Revolution and filled more stodgy dishes like pies and tatties.
High Tea had to wait until after work. Hot and hearty dishes were served, whereas Afternoon Teas are served around 4 pm and had a more indulgent ambience. The ‘High’ in ‘High Tea’ is to refer to the fact that High Tea was served at the dinner table on high backed chairs.
A Scottish High Tea is somewhere in the middle. Scones, cakes, and tea are all served like at afternoon teas. But, there will also be some hot savoury dishes added to keep you fed and satisfied.
Where to get a High Tea in Inverness
High Teas and Afternoon Teas are a great way of getting the family together and catching up, especially after this extended time of isolation.
Lorimers has all the elements to make a great High Tea a real treat for the whole family.
- Salad Boxes
- Comfort food
- Chip Shop Favourites
And loads more!
Lorimers is a popular local institution serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything between 7 days a week. Take a look at Lorimers menu on getzz app and you’re bound to find something that will tickle those taste buds!
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