These are the classic elements of a traditional afternoon tea:
- Finger sandwiches with fillings such as cucumber and smoked salmon, or egg and cress.
- Scones paired with clotted cream and jam. These are best served warm.
- Cakes – but keep them small and delicate as afternoon tea is meant to be a light meal.
High tea is the working-class equivalent of afternoon tea. Whilst the upper classes were enjoying a light meal between 3 and 4 o’clock, working men all over the country needed something a little more substantial following a hard day of manual labor. Often, this was a meal taken standing up or sitting on tall stools – hence the term ‘high tea’.
That’s also why high tea is more of a main meal, and the food served is usually hot and filling. Pies, meats and cheeses are classic high tea fare. Because of the hot, comforting food served, you’ll need a similar tea to wash it down.
So whether you care to join the Duchess of Bedford in a spot of afternoon tea, or you prefer a hearty high tea to end your working day, we have a wide range of delicious teas to suit every occasion. Enjoy.