A traditional afternoon tea has been something enjoyed by countless people over the last two centuries. It was created by Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who used to enjoy an afternoon snack in her bedroom, to see her through from lunch until dinner. Eventually, she decided to invite some friends to dine with her, and so the afternoon tea was invented.
The idea soon spread, and within no time all of England was enjoying afternoon tea (not to be confused with high tea, which is something entirely different).
Although this mealtime did fall out of favour, particularly because of the ravages of the First and Second World Wars, there has lately been something of a resurgence, and many people are discovering just how enjoyable afternoon tea really is.
Even if you can’t go out and enjoy an afternoon tea somewhere special, you can make an excellent version at…
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