Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teatime in England

Me with my tea buddies

England is a country where teatime was developed. Teatime is credited to the 7th duchess of Bedford.  Her name was Anna. Anna would get a "sinking feeling in the afternoon".  In England at that time they only served breakfast and dinner. Dinner was usually around 8 o'clock at night. The duchess started having a light snack with a cup of tea in the afternoon.  She soon started inviting her friends for tea and a walk in the fields. It quickly picked up in practice and became respectable. Then it was moved from her boudoir into the drawing room. Before long fashionable Society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

I love the tradition of tea I find it very relaxing in the afternoon so I thought I would share some pictures of the teas I had along my journey. 

Ely, England

Even the most simple tea is time to sit and contemplate.

Anna's in Cambridge, England
  These were the best scones I've ever had.
Ely, England

Tea at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Tea in London


  1. I like tea especially in winter. I keep a pot warm on the woodstove and drink it all evening long. I'm sure that isn't the best way to handle a good tea, but it is so easy. I'm still a coffee person for mornings. - Margy

  2. I think that sounds like a wonderful way to drink tea.


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