Afternoon tea has become very popular with ages and these tea stand laden with cakes sandwiches and scones can be found many in restaurants and hotels throughout the country This tea-related ritual was believed to have been introduced in Britain at the beginning of the 1840s and coincided with an dramatic increase in the consumption of tea. It is reported that it was the 7th Duchess of Bedford who introduced afternoon tea. Her staff had designed it to be a snack to prevent hunger and fatigue as it was then custom to have only breakfast in the morning and an evening meal at around 8pm. Originally served in the privacy of her bedroom she became enchanted with the idea and extended an invitation to her friends to join her for afternoon tea in the drawing room and so afternoon tea was served!
So what makes up an afternoon tea?
Well tea of course although sometimes this is now with champagne or similar. Afternoon tea comprises: sandwiches (usually cut delicately into ‘fingers’), scones with cream and jam, sweet pastries and cakes. Although one of the most popular elements, it is interesting to note that scones were not a common feature of the first afternoon teas and were only reportedly introduced in the 20th century.
Afternoon tea at the BEST WESTERN Burn Hall Hotel York has two essential elements firstly tea and being a Yorkshire afternoon tea it is of course Yorkshire Tea. Secondly delicious food , our tempting cakes pastries and signature scones are all home made with a different signature scone every month . Our freshly made sandwiches are homemade and come with a variety of delicious fillings. We have seen a further development in the history of the afternoons tea, it is now not only a way of meeting friends but also now a way of celebrating an engagement , a baby shower, birthday or even a gift for mother’s day and as well as the tea often includes a glass of fizz to make it more of a celebration. Details of this month’s homemade afternoon tea can be found in our offers section of our website.