Afternoon Tea

June 11, 2017

It’s time to drink tea, proper British tea at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

A tradition that has become a cult in this country. In Britain drinking tea, is not the same as ours drinking coffee, after a meal or in the morning. Tea and drinking of tea is considered a meal.

I am taking you in one traditional place, where true Londoners drink their afternoon tea, in the historic hotel Grosvenor near the Buckingham Palace. But how it all began…

Until the 18th century in Britain the main drink consumed was beer, more precisely the beer called ale. However, this habit changed when the British King Charles II married the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Barganza. Princess Catherine is the one who created this typical British tradition, afternoon tea.

In that time only two meals existed breakfast and dinner, dinner being the most important and biggest meal. Duchess Anna Maria of Bedford is the one who introduced the afternoon tea as a meal. For her the break between breakfast and dinner was too long, so she introduced a new meal, which consisted drinking tea served with an easy meal, like sandwiches, scones, cakes etc. Throughout time the way of serving afternoon tea became a matter of prestige, a way to impress ones guests. Afternoon tea is held outside when the weather is nice, in lounges…

There is a story that during the Second World War, speaking in weight, more tea was sent to the soldiers than ammunition. Everything is important if you want to serve proper British afternoon tea. There are rules in which flavors, colors, and tastes are served. Something that is more typical is that British people take their tea with milk, few take it with lemon, but not squeezed in the tea just pieces of it. Enjoy the photos of one of the most important traditions of Britain.



Време е да испиеме, вистински англиски чај во 5 час попладне.

Традиција која во оваа држава е издигната на ниво на култ. Тука чајот не се пие како кафето кај нас, после оброк или заради будење. Чајот и пиењето на чајот, тоа е посебен оброк.

Ве водам на едно традиционално место каде што правите Лондончани го пијат својот попладневен чај, во историскиот Хотел Гросвенор лоциран во непосредна близина на Бакингемската Палата. Но, како се започна…

До 18 век век во Англија главно се консумирало пивото, поточно врста на пиво позната како але. Но, таа навика се промени кога англискиот крал Чарлс II се ожени со португалската принцеза Катарина Браганца. Токму Принцезата Катарина е заслужна за создавање на овој, денес, типичен англиски обичај, попладневен чај.

Во тоа време постоеле 2 оброци појадок и вечера, со тоа што вечерата била најважна, но и најобилна. На војвотката Ана Марија од Бедфорд и се припишува честа дека кумувала на новата англиска традиција. Неа, таа пауза помеѓу оброците и била предолга, така што вовела нов оброк, кој се состоел од пиење на чај со сервирање на лесен оброк, кој се јаде со рака, како што се сендвичи, мали колачиња и слично. Со текот на времето начинот на сервирање на оброкот станал работа на престиж, начин да се импресионираат избрани гости. Чајанките се организирале надвор, кога времето дозволувало, во салоните, почнале да се отвараат и чајџилници.

Постои приказна дека за време на Втората светска војна, гледано во тежина, повеќе чај им е испорачан на војниците отколку муниција.

Се е важно ако сакате прописно да сервирате традиционален англиски чај. Постојат правила по кои се комбинираат и вкусот и боите и мирисите.. Она што е типично е што поголемиот број на Британци пијат чај со млеко, оние ретките кои користат лимон, никако не го цедат, туку лимонот е сечен на парчиња и само се става во шољата со чај.

Уживајте низ фотографиите во една од најважните англиски традиции.

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  • Shilpa Bindlish June 12, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I’m in love with the post seriously. I never knew that tea is considered as meal there. BTW you look really sweet in pics 🙂

  • jhilmil June 12, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Interesting to know the history, India has a history of drinking Milk tea in afternoon at 5pm:).

  • Nabeeda Bakali June 12, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I love a good afternoon tea. But it is great to know the history. Lovely pictures and that looks like an amazing place definitely picture worthy.

  • Irena June 12, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Love love love afternoon tea and although I reside in London, I have to say I am yet to visit Grosvenor hotel for the experience. Thanks for sharing!

  • Saidah Washington June 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Tea seems to be a popular beverage all around the world accept America. We’ve gotten more accustomed to coffee in the last decade.

  • Amber Myers June 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I would so love to do this one day. I love tea–and all those treats that come with it look fabulous!

  • akamatra June 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I love tea and ever since I gave up coffee years ago it’s all I drink. I only drink organic nowadays though since reading about how much pestisides are used in the conventional way.

  • Nellwyn June 12, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I’m obsessed with tea so I would love to go to a traditional English tea service one day. It’s definitely on my bucket list!

  • Chelf June 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    I love this tradition and I love that the whole tea thing is a proper meal on it’s own. I’m such an anglophile, I do have tea parties at home all the time, and noone gets it! thank you for sharing suvh a lovely post!

  • Chemady June 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I love taking tea. People overthere also like the British tradition. Now I know how the tradition was introduced.

  • Beverly June 13, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Wow I didnt know that. Do they have dinner after that or this replace dinner?
    Pretty interesting. And that restaurant looks perfect.

    • Teona Mango June 13, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      It’s a meal between lunch and dinner 🙂 they still have dinner

  • ellie June 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    There’s something about Afternoon Tea that is so lovely! I’ve not been to The Grosvenor but I did have High Tea at The Conrad St James which was lovely!

  • Cynthia Nicoletti June 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Everything looks so nice and elegant. I would love to have an English tea party.

  • Emilee Westervelt June 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Love it. Everything is so cute!!

  • Malea June 14, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! That place looks amazing and those pastries have me seriously drooling!!! I am going to make sure I hit that place up when I visit London!! Thank you!!

    • Teona Mango June 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      The place was amazing indeed, and the pastries as well xx

  • Sher June 15, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Nice pictures! I love afternoon tea and will definitely go to this place on my next trip to London!

  • Amy @ Chew Out Loud June 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Lovely pics…while I’m currently sipping on my afternoon herbal tea!

  • inbodeforyou June 18, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Lovely! What a beautiful set up! Have a great tea!