“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
The idea of afternoon tea was created by The Duchess of Bedford in 1840. She would feel a dip of energy in the afternoon while becoming hungry around 4pm, she called it 'that sinking feeling'. At that time it was usual for people to eat only two meals a day, breakfast and then dinner around 8pm. No wonder she was starting to feel a little peckish! The duchess began to take a pot of tea and a light snack in the afternoon. She soon began to invite her friends for 'tea and a walking the fields' while enjoying the summer at Woburn Abbey. This proved so popular with her friends she continued the gatherings for tea when she returned to London. 'At Home' tea was all the rage, which then quickly spread to tea rooms, tea gardens and more.
As the twentieth century began, a desire to travel more became popular and luxury hotels began to serve afternnon tea along with entertainment such as a band and tea dances, which lasted till well after the Second World War.
n the last few years there has been a huge demand for afternoon tea as it has made its big come back and here at Tea from the Manor we are loving creating new blends and also keeping tradition alive! We all hope you've all celebrated Afternoon Tea Week this week and if not, there's still time before that 'sinking feeling' hits at 4pm!!