Victorian Etc. ~ Vol I, Issue #1 ~ Jan 2010
Afternoon Tea

...is a wonderful tradition, popularized by the British. It was Anna Maria Stanhope, Duchess    of Bedford (1783-1857) who is said to have experienced a “sinking feeling” in the afternoons while awaiting the late evening mealtime, so she ordered her servants to bring snacks of small cakes, biscuits and bread with butter accompanied by tea. Anna was a life-long friend of Queen Victoria and between 1841 and 1847 served as a Lady of the Bedchamber and introduced Afternoon Tea to the Queen. Afternoon Tea became very popular in England during Queen Victoria’s Reign (1837-1901). The tradition has been carried on for years and is appreciated by modern women (and men).

Afternoon Tea is also called Low Tea as it has historically been enjoyed in a sitting room with low tables and comfortable sofas and chairs. Small finger sandwiches and bite size treats make it easy to carry on conversations. Afternoon Tea is traditionally served between 3 and 5 in the afternoon. Nowadays, most tea rooms offer this lovely (what seems more like a) meal earlier in the day and make it more of a luncheon as well. (Tea rooms in America sometimes include a salad or soup along with...

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