Afternoon Tea at Honey Bees

A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, in the early 19th Century. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.

The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter and cakes be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a frequent request and she began inviting friends to join her.

Eventually, this break for tea became an extremely fashionable social custom in England. By the end of the century afternoon tea had developed into what it is today and was observed by both the upper and middle classes. 

Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, in the early 19th Century. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner.

The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter and cakes be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a frequent request and she began inviting friends to join her.

Eventually, this break for tea became an extremely fashionable social custom in England. By the end of the century afternoon tea had developed into what it is today and was observed by both the upper and middle classes. 

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