Get that sinking feeling in the afternoon?
If you get that sinking feeling around 4pm and it is a while until your dinner then it is time for a spot of afternoon tea...
It was the seventh Duchess of Bedford who invented the concept of afternoon tea. In the 1840s she found she was peckish around 4pm so she called for a tray of tea, usually Darjeeling, and cakes or sandwiches to be brought to her private rooms.
Soon she started inviting friends to take tea with her and it caught on and spread like wildfire in fashionable London society.
Later it became the ‘thing to do’ for women of good standing and birth. They even changed into formal gowns, gloves and hats to take their tea.
Thankfully everyone can enjoy a cuppa and slice of cake nowadays and we don’t have to dress up for the occasion.
As the writer Henry James said: “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Here are some of our favourite teatime themed treats:
Damson knitted tea cosy with cream flower detail (small)
Comes with a two cup teapot. £29.99
Approx H10.5cm. £14
Teapot fridge magnet
H6cm x W9.5cm. £4.95
Handmade raspberry jam
8oz jar. £3
Life is full of big decisions card
H16cm x W16cm. £2.00
Teapot handbag - also available in blue and white check
H21cm x W24cm x D10cm (handle drop 17cm). £22