Afternoon tea was introduced by the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840.
As the evening meal in her household would be served at eight o’clock, it left a long period between midday luncheon and evening dinner.
Duchess Anna would become hungry at around four o’clock and would request that a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake be brought to her room.
This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her. This pause for tea soon became a fashionable social event.
During the 1880s the upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was served in the drawing room.
Today it’s seen a resurgence in popularity, with our visit to The Townhouse in Chester highlighting how it can fit a modern lifestyle – with days out shopping, visits to the theatre or cinema, etc.
Served in the newly refurbished Brassiere 1699, with its teal and gold pallet giving a relaxing environment in which to enjoy afternoon tea, it’s once again become the fashionable way to catch up with friends and family.
We were served a selection of finger sandwiches – on both wholemeal and white bloomer bread. These included:
– Roast ham with fruit chutney
– Roasted red pepper and hummus
– Egg and cress
– Cucumber and cream cheese
– Smoked salmon and crème fraiche
Accompanying the sandwiches were:
– Fruit scones with clotted cream and jam
– French pistachio delice
– Blackcurrant macaron
– Lemon meringue tart
– Cherry and vanilla Battenberg cake
– Banoffee tart
Also included was a choice of hot beverages, including:
– flat white
– hot chocolate
The Townhouse Afternoon Tea costs £18.95 per person, whilst an upgrade to the Sparkling Afternoon Tea costs just £5 more (£23.95 per person).
You can also opt for the Bottomless Afternoon Tea, enjoying two hours of free flowing Prosecco with a Townhouse Afternoon Tea for £29.95 per person.
Find out more at: www.chestertownhouse.com/afternoon-tea
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