The quintessentially British pastime that is the Afternoon tea was introduced to England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in 1840, and it was the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread.
Due to her family dining for their evening meal late in the day, at around four o’clock in the afternoon, the Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon to keep her hunger at bay.
A traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of delicate sandwiches - usually filled with butter and thinly sliced cucumber - scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served along with tea in bone china cups with saucers.
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” Henry James