Definition of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm.
Everybody loves Afternoon Tea!
Top Photo:Tea at the Rittenhouse Hotel.
Foods: Currant scone, Devonshire cream, and lemon curd, tea sandwiches and bite size pastries.
Afternoon Tea Origin by:wikipedia the free encyclopedia
"Afternoon Tea originated in the United Kingdom, though various places that used to be part of the former British Empire also have such a meal." "However, changes in social customs and working hours mean that most Britons only take afternoon tea on special/formal occasions."
Food & Drink
"Traditionally, loose tea would be served in a teapot with milk and sugar. This would be accompanied by various sandwiches (see Tea Sandwich) (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with butter, clotted cream and jam — see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponge)." "The food would be often served in a tiered stand."
- In England cut cress shoots are typically used in sandwiches with boiled eggs, mayonnaise and salt.
"While afternoon tea used to be an everyday event, nowadays it is more likely to be taken as a treat in a hotel, café, or tea shop, although many Britons still have a cup of tea and slice of cake or chocolate at teatime." "Accordingly, many hotels now market a champagne cream tea."
What about a Afternoon Picnic Tea?
Let's not forget - "Afternoon Teas don't always have to be indoors." If your the outdoor type but still like a bit of fancy fun then think about an Afternoon Picnic Tea. There especially special when it's set for two! What's better than finger sandwiches, fruit and scones with cold jam & cream? You can easily take a small cooler full of tasty tea goodies and your well on your way to a relaxing couple of hours. Yes since it's outdoors, you can skip the hot tea if you like and go cold!