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The Traditional Afternoon Tea Ritual

Afternoon tea service is a great British tradition that’s laced with rules. For those of us who didn’t grow up with tea as part of a regular schedule, it can certainly get confusing.

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First, learn the proper terminology. Not all teas are created equal.

“Afternoon tea” is typically a social affair intended to help fill the gap between lunch and dinner.

“High tea”—though often confused with afternoon tea—was originally a more substantial evening meal with a savory dish or two consumed by the working classes after a long day at work.

Ready to enjoy a spot of tea? Here’s some dos and don’ts. 

Do:

  1. Always use loose tea. It tastes so much better.
  2. Let the tea steep as long as you like. If it is not to your taste, ask for a fresh pot. Tea should be replenished regularly.
  3. Feel free to request different milk –Full fat, soy, skim should all be available.
  4. Stir the tea delicately.
  5. Eat the finger sandwiches with your hands. They are designed for and named after their purpose. Cakes tend to be more delicate and require at least a fork. A scone with cream and jam needs a guiding hand.

Enjoy at a leisurely pace at these must experience tea hot spots!

  1. The Beverly Hills hotel’s Sugar Club click here
  2. Indulge In High Tea At Jeera, Suncoast click here

Don’t:

  1. Add the milk first. Milk should be added after the tea so you can properly gauge how much you need to balance the strength of the brew.
  2. White tea, green tea, and infusions are suitable to drink with milk.
  3. Pronounce the long “o” in “scone.” It is properly pronounced “scon.”
  4. Dunk your biscuits.

Enjoy at a leisurely pace at these must experience tea hot spots!

  1. The Beverly Hills hotel’s Sugar Club click here
  2. Indulge In High Tea At Jeera, Suncoast click here

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