WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH AFTERNOON TEA?
Afternoon Tea is now so in vogue in the UK that there’s an entire week dedicated to this 19th century-originated custom. But where did the idea of having tea with scones, cakes and sandwiches come from?
It all started when Anna Maria, the Duchess of Bedford in 1840 complained of being bored and having a ‘sinking feeling’ in the late afternoon. The solution to this was a pot of tea and snack for the duchess in the late afternoon. Soon she started having friends over to her rooms in Woburn Abbey and the tradition of Afternoon Tea was thus born.
Her Majesty the Queen’s favourite afternoon tea usually includes Dundee cake, raspberry and strawberry preserves and lovely pot of Earl Grey tea.
Although now the general public don’t take Afternoon Tea on a daily basis like the Duchess, it is still seen as a wonderful British institution and such a lovely way to spend an indulgent and relaxing afternoon with friends and family. Afternoon Tea’s usually comprise of a selection of teas, coffee, scones and preserves, sandwiches and a variety of delicious cakes.
Here on the Isle of Wight we have seen such a fantastic surge in demand for an afternoon tea that ‘The Stern room’ has put together an Isle of Wight Inspired tea sourcing ingredients from all corners of our beautiful garden Isle. Originally from Cowes owners Russell and Mike are proud supporters of using local produce and suppliers, so much so they created this menu. Please click HERE to see our menu.
With Mothers Day just around the corner, we have the perfect gift where your mum will be treated to an indulgent afternoon of cakes, scones and plenty of tea.
Call us to book your table 01983 872 840 or for more information email: email@example.com