How afternoon tea found it’s way into English culture
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 a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.
Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for "tea and a walk in the fields." Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room.
Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
Traditional Afternoon tea
Afternoon tea at Broadoaks is served in the traditional way on a three tiered plate with the following:
A selection of fillings:
Ham and Tomato
Tuna mayonnaise & Cucumber
Greenland prawns & Marie rose
Home Made Petit Fours
Freshly baked scones with fresh whipped cream and organic
A strong full-bodied tea from India which has a distinctive ‘malty flavour’
A Chinese tea fired over smoking pine needles, which produces a striking odour and flavour
An aromatic and astringent tea from India with a hint of almonds and wildflowers
A blend of black teas scented with oil of bergamot named after Charles, 2nd Earl of Grey, who was Prime Minister from 1830 -183.
A pot of one of our specialist teas with milk or lemon
Freshly Brewed Filter or Cafetière of Coffee
Homemade scones, Broadoaks home made strawberry jam & Cumbrian whipped cream
Specialist tea of choice