Afternoon Tea

Anyone for tea?

Marygreen Tea

Afternoon Tea at Marygreen Manor Hotel

No one can question the British obsession with tea drinking and what better way to enjoy our favorite beverage than as part of a delicious afternoon tea experience; but what are the origins of this famous institution?

Afternoon tea, believed to have been introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, first became fashionable in the early 1840’s and was developed to offer some light sustenance between lunch and dinner, which was normally served at 8pm.  These dressy affairs, necessitating gloves, hats and long flowing gowns, were normally held in the drawing room between 4pm – 5pm.  Tea imported from India and Ceylon was poured into delicate bone china cups from beautifully ornate sliver teapots.  The tea was accompanied by a selection of delicate finger sandwiches and a delicious selection of dainty sweet pastries and cakes the inclusion of scones, clotted cream and fruit preserves were added much later in the 20th century. Originally small, social gatherings these events blossomed in to larger scale formal occasion known as “Tea Receptions” with upwards of 200 attendees!

Nowadays afternoon tea is seen a lovely way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and any other celebration you can think of but do you really need an excuse to spend a few hours of pure indulgence with your friends?

At Marygreen Manor afternoon tea is served between 2.30 – 4.40 Monday-Saturday and 4.30 – 6.30 on Sundays. If you’re feeling particularly special you can always enhance your tea with a glass or two of something cool, crisp and bubbly!

Could this be the best afternoon tea in Brentwood:

http://www.marygreenmanor.co.uk/afternoon-tea

Why not try it at home:

http://britishfood.about.com/od/introtobritishfood/tp/afternoontearecipes.htm

Want to know more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afternoon_tea#Afternoon_tea

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