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That’s a question which we are  asked all the time!  When the tradition of afternoon originated in Queen Victoria’s reign (more about that in a later post), high tea was the working man’s afternoon tea – usually taken after 5:00 p.m. – after retuning home from field or factory. High tea was the working class tea because the working class simply could not afford lunch, a small meal in the afternoon and a hot dinner after work.

So high tea came to include a combination of afternoon tea and something hot – like steak and kidney pie or chicken pot pie. Although our clients often request a ‘high tea’ in fact what they want is a proper English afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, shortbreads and small cakes and of course scones and clotted cream. For sample menus for a proper English afternoon tea visit our website

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