Thursday, June 21, 2012

High Tea or Afternoon Tea?

A explanation of High Tea from the book Country Tea Parties by Maggie Stuckey

What is in a Name?
When someone says "high tea," do you picture an elegant affair with dainty cucumber sandwiches and tiny sweet cakes?  High tea is actually a supper: it is served around six o'clock, and everyone sits at a table.  High tea features hearty, filling foods, including at least one hot dish such as shepherd's pie or Welsh rabbit. 
The other tea, the one with the cucumber sandwiches, is called afternoon tea.   A great many Americans get the terminology wrong.

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Sylvia said...

I'll have to look for this book. Thanks,Linda.

Lady Linda said...

I have this book Linda and it's delightful. I don't care what we call our tea times, I just want to enjoy and go to tea more often!
I love the Vermont Country Store, by the way. I got to visit it when I was back east for a Tasha Tudor gathering. A fun and tempting place.

La Tea Dah said...

Such a good explanation --- and one that seems to need to be repeated over and over again. I have this book and enjoy it too!


Angela McRae said...

Linda, I'm like you and I see this term used incorrectly all the time! I can't help wondering why (the two types of tea occasions are so very different), and I think it must be that "high tea" just *sounds* sort of uppity and people like it!

Bernideen said...

Great job educating - the number one misunderstood thing regarding tea. I even had a lady from England once state that because she was from there she "knew" but she was wrong. Excellent comments!

Donna Heber said...


You have done a wonderful job explaining the difference between "High Tea" or "Afternoon Tea".


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