Afternoon Tea vs High Tea

  Did you know that all the different tea times in Britain have a specific name? Pretty neat. Afternoon tea and high tea are sometimes used interchangeably but if you really know your British tea habits, you will know they are nowhere near the same. Afternoon Tea is more for the non-working class or those …

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The English Tea Store Supports Bridges of Hope

Bridges of Hope held their first annual Afternoon Tea for Hope on Sunday, May 3rd in Nisswa, MN. The event was attended by more than 115 guests and more than 25 volunteers, including Nisswa fire fighters. Bridges of Hope is a 501c3 nonprofit serving the Brainerd Lakes Area whose mission is to build bridges of support, …

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Afternoon Tea

According to British history writers, afternoon tea was introduced in 1840 by Anna the seventh Duchess of Bedford. She became very hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon but dinner was not served until 8 in the evening - to her, a big gap between lunch and dinner. She asked for tea to be delivered …

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Recipe – Cheese Scones

Cheese scones are delicious smothered with butter, cut into two with melted cheese on top or just on their own.  You can make plain scones without the cheese or sweet scones with sugar. Whichever you decide the results will be good I assure you. 175 g  or 6 ozs (3/4 c) Self Raising Flour 50 …

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Afternoon Tea Is No Trifling Affair

Popular history is nearly always wrong; or perhaps not quite right. Many people now know that, no matter how many thousands of times it’s repeated on the internet, The 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, did not ‘invent’ afternoon tea – which is often incorrectly called ‘High Tea’, just to add to the confusion. The …

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A Very English Tea Affair

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts [Editor's note: Sarah's second contribution to our blog — we hope to see more.] A teapot full of freshly brewed Earl Grey tea, an array of cucumber sandwiches and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and homemade jam make for the perfect way to enjoy the day and see you …

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Rediscovering Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is a staple of tea traditions, and is most strongly associated with English customs. For big tea drinkers, who tend to drink tea all the time, sometimes all those teatimes end up blurring together. However, traditions exist for a reason, and recently I have been rediscovering the merits of afternoon tea as an …

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Afternoon Tea No No’s

Whilst I have had unforgettable experiences with afternoon tea, I have also had experiences I’d rather forget! If you’re a café, restaurant or hotel that wants to provide a fabulous experience for your customers, these are just a tea tips of some Afternoon Tea no no’s: Afternoon Tea – the clue is in the name! …

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Unsatisfactory Restaurant Tea

I've got a deep, dark secret. I almost never order hot tea in restaurants. If I need a hot beverage with or after my meal, I order coffee. I have reasons for my treachery: Most restaurants don't serve good tea, and even if they do, they don't always know how to serve it. In fact, …

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Favourite Tearooms in the UK — Part II

In my last post, I talked about a couple of tearooms in the UK which are especially dear to me.  In this post, I’d like to invite you to spoil yourself, indulge in tea, companionship and culinary delights in the wonderful world of High Tea.  High Tea or Afternoon Tea is a British institution that …

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