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Interesting facts about Afternoon Tea

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

Afternoon tea is a quintessentially British tradition. It has seen a major resurgence in recent years as more and more people discover this relaxing and indulgent way to treat yourself or a loved one.

In this post I’ll be sharing some of the lesser-known facts about afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea first arrived in Britain in 1840 and was presented as a novel new way to help curb hunger before a late evening meal.

In the 19th century, it was normal for Victorians to eat only 2 meals a day; breakfast and dinner.

It was a very long time to wait between meals, so in 1840 the Duchess of Bedford asked for sandwiches, cake, and tea to be brought to her at 4pm each day.

Keen to share her new-found ritual, she began inviting friends to join her and the afternoon tea was born.

Did you know we now have our very own Afternoon tea week in England? Afternoon Tea Week is a week-long celebration of the great British tradition of taking afternoon tea and takes place across the UK during the second week in August.

With social distancing in place and the temporary closure of our favourite afternoon tea venues, many of us have been missing our favourite British pass time.

That’s why we are bringing the afternoon tea to you!

You can now have afternoon tea served in the comfort of your own home thanks to our afternoon tea delivery service.

So why not get the china ready and we will deliver the goods?

We deliver our Afternoon tea all over the Fylde Coast including Blackpool, Fleetwood, Poulton, St Anne’s, Lytham and Cleveleys.

As most of our products are freshly baked, we require a little notice when ordering so please keep this in mind if you wish to order for a special occasion.

Did you know? Scones didn’t make an appearance in afternoon tea until the early 20th century!

When eating afternoon tea should the cream or the jam be spread first?

While those in Devon typically spread the clotted cream first followed by jam, the Cornish tradition is to spread jam first followed by cream.

A former chef who worked for the royal family said the Queen always has jam first with clotted cream on top.

The most expensive tea bag in the world was created by Boodles to mark the 75thanniversary of PG Tips.

The Diamond Tea Bag was covered with 280 diamonds and filled with Silver Tips Imperial Tea inside. It took 3 months to make.

Brits drink 62 billion cups of tea a year!

That’s a lot of tea. Up until the 1700’s Gin was the most popular drink in the UK

The worlds biggest scone weighed 119.45kg and measured 117cm in diameter.

It took 7 hours to bake and was baked by Shaun McCarthy in New Zealand.

To order our themed afternoon tea please give us a call, text or drop us an email.

We deliver our afternoon tea to places of work, offices, hotels and care homes.

Drop us a message with your requirements. We cater for hen parties, baby showers and birthday parties. Please see our products page for our full range of products.

We are located in Thornton-Cleveleys and deliver to Blackpool, Fleetwood, Poulton, St Annes and Lytham.

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