what is high tea

what is high tea

What is High Tea?

High Tea is an enjoyable meal, usually served in the late afternoon or early evening. It consists of a variety of hot, savoury and sweet dishes, served together with tea.

History of High Tea

High Tea is thought to have originated in Britain in the early 19th century. The term “high tea” is believed to come from the 19th century practice of serving it at a high-level table, rather than the more informal “low tea” which was served on a lower level table. High Tea was traditionally served to the upper classes, but it soon became popular among other classes as well.

Types of High Tea

High Tea can be prepared in a variety of ways, depending on local customs and preferences. Popular dishes served during high tea include:

  • Scones: Light and fluffy scones, served with preserves and cream.
  • Finger Sandwiches: Usually served cold, with a variety of fillings such as cucumber, salmon, cheese, and egg.
  • Cakes: Delicious cakes, such as Victoria sponge, Battenberg, or fairy cakes.
  • Tarts: Sweet and fruity tarts such as apple and custard tart.
  • Petit Fours: Bite-sized pastries, usually iced and decorated with decorations such as little flowers.
  • Tea: The main beverage, served hot with milk and sugar.

Enjoying High Tea

High tea is a wonderful and simple way to enjoy an afternoon or evening with friends or family. It can even be made into a special event, such as a “Tea Party”. Invite your friends and family over, set a festive table and serve a variety of dishes and tea.

High Tea is a wonderful way to enjoy a leisurely afternoon or evening. So why not plan a High Tea today and enjoy its delightful taste and rich tradition.


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