High tea is a custom born in England that is now conquering all the major international cities. It is served late in afternoon and sometimes can also replace dinner, especially if accompanied by both sweet and savoury specialties.
If you don’t have time during your daily routine or you can’t take a break to have an afternoon tea, it could be a special touch of class that you can enjoy when you are on holiday.
The story of the tea
The English tradition of the Afternoon Tea is probably among the most famous in the whole world.
From the nineteenth century the custom to have a cup of tea with a light meal late in the afternoon, while waiting dinner, began to spread among the British upper classes.
Afternoon Tea soon became a real social event.
However, the life of the working classes was very different: in fact, while the upper classes were having a cup of tea sitting in luxurious living rooms, they were still in the middle of their working day.
A new way to have the afternoon tea was born exactly from this social class: the High Tea, a meal eaten late in the afternoon, after work, which very often replaced dinner. The menu therefore became more hearty and also enriched with vegetables or meat.
The High Tea was therefore originally the meal of the British working class and, over the years, became a more informal version of the Afternoon Tea served in hotels and clubs in England and throughout Europe.
The High Tea menu
Tea is the undisputed protagonist combined with different dishes, both sweet and savoury.
It starts with hot snacks and sandwiches to end with desserts served on elegant cake stands.
The creativity in paring tea and snacks is what definitely enthuses customers.
You can propose mini veggie burgers, traditional English scones or colourful macarons. Play with the presentation and the colours of the dishes to make the tea moment very special and unforgettable.
One more curiosity
Where does the name “High Tea” come from? The name originates by comparing this typical custom to the classic Afternoon Tea, or low tea. The difference precisely lies in the way the tea was served and consumed: the working class sat at the table to drink tea and have diner, while the upper classes had a cup of tea sitting on sofas and using low tables.
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