SO, WHO DID INVENT AFTERNOON TEA?…

AFTERNOON TEA 4 TWO - FOOD & LIFESTYLE BLOG...

Dinner, during the 18th century, was served between 7pm and 8.30pm and an extra meal called ‘luncheon’ was created to fill the midday gap. But as this meal was very light, people were left feeling hungry.

Legend has it that it was Anna Maria Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire was the first person to develop the idea of afternoon tea. Apparently, she would ask her maid to bring all the tea making equipment to her private boudoir at around 5pm so that she could enjoy a cup of tea with a slice or two of bread and butter.

She found this afternoon tea such a perfect refreshment that she soon had friends joining her in her room for this new social activity. Friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess…

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