Tea Traditions — Buckingham Palace Tea

Ever fantasized about a “royal teatime” at Buckingham Palace? Me, too, so I checked it out and found that the idea is not as fantastical as it sounds. It’s an annual event attended by over 24,000 lovers of tea time— wow! Of course, my fantasy was for something a bit more intimate. Afternoon tea is …

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Tips When Visiting a Tea Room

Plan your visit by deciding what type of tea experience you would like. A reservation is usually required twenty-four hours in advance for a full afternoon tea (tea, savouries, scones, sweets and dessert).  If you prefer a cream tea (tea, scones, jam and cream) or a light afternoon tea (tea, scones and sweets), a reservation …

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Afternoon Tea and Afternoon Tea

You could make the argument that tea is the perfect drink for any time of day. But, to be fair, if you’re sensitive to caffeine (present company included) you may not want to pound down a cup or four right before turning in tonight. Of course, the fact that tea provides a nice pick-me-up probably …

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Tea Cozies Keep the Party Going

"Never trust a man who, when left alone with a tea cosy, doesn't try it on!" -- Bill Connolly Nothing keeps a party going like a warm pot of tea. Conversely, nothing stops a party like a cold pot of tea. It was this realization that led to the invention and popularity of the tea …

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Tea Rooms, Tea Courts, and Tea Dances

In the late 1800s the best hotels in the U.S. and the U.K. began to host tea rooms and tea courts. The tea service served in the late afternoon gave the genteel Victorians a place to meet for a sip of tea and conversation. Many of these tea courts became the epitome of elegance like …

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Devonshire Cream Tea

Straight from our friend Gavin in the UK! The history associated with these most delicious and World Famous of Afternoon Teas is both long and interesting. It was in the mid 1600's when tea first became really "fashionable" in the UK, and that was all because of a Portuguese Princess, Catherine of Braganza, who loved …

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Afternoon Tea Bargains

The current recession has curbed spending for a lot of people, and taking "afternoon tea" (tea served with sandwiches, scones and sweets) can appear to be an out-of-reach luxury. But is it? Afternoon tea can be expensive because the best known teas are often served in fancy hotels. Hotels cater to tourists and those with …

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