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“High Tea” or “Afternoon Tea”?

Outside of the UK there is confusion between “High Tea” and “Afternoon Tea”.

What is "Afternoon Tea"?

"Afternoon Tea", also known as "Low Tea", is often confused with "High Tea". This "Tea Time" is synonymous with good manners, precious lace and homemade desserts.

It is usually served in the middle of the afternoon and it was traditionally served on low tables - "Low Tables" - hence its name "Low Tea".

The Afternoon Tea menu is light - mini sandwiches. marmalade toast, herb butter. And traditionally, Black Teas - Earl Gray or Assam and infusions of Chamomile or Mint are served.

Historically, Afternoon Tea was considered a female occupation, and still is, quite popular with women today.

What is "High Tea"?

Traditionally, 'High Tea' was a popular meal served on a high table at the end of the working day, shortly after 5 p.m.

The “High Tea” was a rather generous meal - meat or fish accompanied by vegetables and starches.

High Tea was considered a working class family meal.

Historical review of "Afternoon Tea"

Legend has it that Afternoon Tea was created in the middle of the 19th century by the Duchess of Bedford. Around this time, kerosene lamps were introduced to wealthier homes, and late dinner became a trend. This dinner was one of two meals a day - the other being the mid-morning "Brunch".

The story goes that the Duchess felt weak - probably caused by hunger between the two meals. She decided to invite friends over for tea snacks - a hot new drink in her day.

The idea of ​​"Afternoon Tea" quickly spread in high society and became the favorite pastime of social women. Later, the phenomenon spread beyond the aristocracy.

Today, tea is the traditional drink of the British, on the occasion of breakfast, Brunch "," Afternoon Tea "and the famous" Tea Time "(which looks more like the traditional" High Tea " than at “Afternoon Tea”).

Maison NANA1807 - Histoire & différence du « High Tea » et « Afternoon Tea » At Maison NANA1807, we are organising the “ Mint Tea Time ” and “ Mint Tea Parties ” around recipes of Mint Tea , made to measure for each happy event in your life (wedding, baptism, birth, birthday, etc.).


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