Tea the evening meal

Tea the evening meal: Oil painting, ‘A Cottage Interior, an Old Woman Preparing Tea’, William Redmore Bigg, 1793 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London Tea, the daily meal of one social group The majority of the population in Great Britain enjoy tea as the daily evening meal. This commonplace term is used by the wage-labourers…… Continue reading Tea the evening meal

High Tea

Balliol College Dining Hall, Oxford. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0. High Tea growing up as a child High Tea was not an everyday meal in our family. It was a treat on Sundays evenings, having had a large Sunday Roast in the middle of the day. It was the one meal of the…… Continue reading High Tea

English Tea and polite manners

“The afternoon tea table is the same in its service whether in the tiny bandbox home of the newest bride, or in the drawing room of Mrs Worldly of Great Estates.” Emily Post, Etiquette in Society, 1922 Tea in the afternoon – the 300 year social ritual Tea, the old-fashioned ritual, still takes place in…… Continue reading English Tea and polite manners