That's the biggest decision of this week.
National Afternoon tea week runs from 9th - 15th August 2021.
Savills Catering have been helping residents celebrate by baking cakes and will be serving them at our units on various days throughout the week.
We have been looking into the origins of this very tasty tradition.
Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of English customs is, perhaps surprisingly, a relatively new tradition. Whilst the custom of drinking tea dates back to the third millennium BC in China and was popularised in England during the 1660s by King Charles II and his wife the Portuguese Infanta Catherine de Braganza, it was not until the mid 19th century that the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared.
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. 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 and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
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In the words of Henry James...
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
We would absolutely concur with this quote, and will be visiting our units this week to speak to the residents and see how much they are enjoying the homemade cakes and the scones with cream and jam. Maybe we can carry out a little survey to see which way round they prefer and post the winning combination !!!
So, how do you prefer your scones.. cream then jam.. or jam then cream ??
If you would like to let us know please post your comments below and we can enter your results into the overall survey.