High Tea Etiquette

Most American hotels and tea rooms do not serve a proper high tea, offering tidbits of fancy pastries and cakes on delicate china when, in its traditional form, high tea usually refers to dinner. Known also as “meat tea”, high tea is typically eaten between 5 pm and 7 pm and consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, and occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham salad. The term was first used around 1825, and high is used in the sense of well-advanced (like high noon, for example) to signify that it was taken later in the day than afternoon tea; it was used predominantly by the working class and in certain British dialects of the north of England and Scotland.

Now, without further ado, visit  Cristina Re for some high tea etiquette!

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