Best of British! High Tea The origins of

Best of British!

High Tea
The origins of ‘afternoon’ tea clearly show that in the 19th century it was a pastime for the rich. For the workers in the newly-industrialised Britain of the time, ‘tea’ had to wait until after work and had to be something of sustenance after a day of hard labour – not just a pot of tea and some cakes! This ‘high’ tea was a hot, filling meal accompanied by a pot of good, strong tea to revive flagging spirits. The workers sat at the table on high-back dining chairs. The addition of ‘high’ is believed to have been adopted to differentiate this meal from ‘afternoon’ tea which was served on low tables placed near sofas or relaxing parlour chairs.

flagging – weak
parlour – living-room, lounge

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