The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife

‘Afternoon Tea’ just sounds so elegant. I bet you are envisioning a table covered in white linen. Silver and china serving pieces. Trays and towers laden with delicate savories, scones and pastries, sitting demurely on white doilies.

Do you also ‘see’ ladies dressed in finery? Beautiful dresses, stylish hats and maybe even white gloves? This may have been the setting for a Victorian Queen’s Afternoon Tea, but originally it was a much simpler affair.

In 1840, Anna, the duchess of Bedford, found herself getting hungry around four in the afternoon. In her day, breakfast was served around 8 in the morning, with the evening meal served twelve hours later. A midday meal wasn’t usually served. Her cure was to enjoy a snack of bread and butter, and a slice of cake served with a cup of tea. It was just enough to hold her over until dinner.

Eventually, that simple repast evolved into a social event. In the 1880’s, it became a more formal event. (Cue the formal gowns, hats and white gloves.) Today, Afternoon Tea








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