Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tea for Two

Devonshire Tea.
Tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream (or in some instances whipped cream), and jam. I'll be serving of jam of choice; blackberry.

Afternoon Tea.
Also known as low tea, is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches, scones and usually cakes and pastries such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponge. A great excuse to bring out the tiered stand.

High Tea.
This an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5pm and 6pm and would usually consist of cold meats, eggs or fish, cakes and sandwiches. In its origin, the term “high tea” was used as a way to distinguish it from “low tea” or afternoon tea. The words 'low' and 'high' refer to the tables from which either tea meal was eaten. Low tea was served in a sitting room where low tables were placed near sofas or chairs generally. The word high referred to a table, this one in a dining room table, and it would be loaded with substantial dinner dishes - meats, cheese, breads. 


Blau x


  1. awwwh, loved this! thanks for actually posting this, was always confused about all these teas but too shy to ask! ;)

  2. Lovely post! We used to have 'High tea' every sunday whilst watching The Chronicles of Narnia!