The History of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea was first introduced to Britain at at a time when tea consumption was growing and most of the general population consumed 2 meals per day one in the morning followed by one in the evening around 8pm. This time in between needed something and Anna, The 7th Duchess of Bedford decided to take a pot of tea and a snack privately in her boudoir in between meals. This began in 1840 when afternoon tea was first introduced as a means of fulfilling this hunger occurring around 4pm.

Anna, The 7th Duchess of Bedford began to invite friends to join her for afternoon tea and it fast became a sociable event. In the 1880’s upper class woman would put on their fancy gowns, gloves and hats and be served afternoon tea in the drawing room.

Traditional afternoon tea consists of cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam as well as a selection of cakes.

Many people now enjoy afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly and a selection of meat filled sandwiches and cakes all served beautifully on cake stands and it is a classic tradition turned modern social get together.

You don’t need a boudoir or a drawing room now to indulge in afternoon tea. Oscars Bar and Grill in Livingston serve afternoon tea from 3pm-5pm 5 days per week with advance booking required. They offer cakes, scones, finger sandwiches, tea, coffee and prosecco for 2 with prices from £14-£19 get in touch with Oscars Bar and Grill to book.

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