Afternoon tea, that most quintessential of customs, was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in most big households was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
Our Afternoon Tea hampers includes two Teas & C's Classic Footed Cup & Saucer 200ML Pale Blue; The Philosophy of Tea by Tony Gebley; McCabes Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea; Hassetts Chocolate Viennese Biscuits; Irish Chocolatier Chez Emily's Flake Truffle Supreme; Raspberry Jam; a set of two elegant tea spoons and bird printed napkins.