Afternoon tea was commonly known as a mid-to-afternoon snack that is eaten typically between 2 pm and 5 pm. Though this custom was most common in The United Kingdom, other places have also been known to nickname their mealtimes “tea,” such as Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. They refer to dinner as “tea.” Who knew that tea could take on the meaning of an entire meal?
The whole idea of having meals in between meals, and referring to it as “afternoon tea,” began in the 1800’s in England. For the upper class, the English ate lunch in the middle of the day, and dinner around 8 pm or later. Therefore, a meal in between lunch and dinner was usually desired, and it included tea (which is a very common beverage in England), so hence the title “afternoon tea.” The lower classes ate what they called dinner around 11 am and a small supper at 7 pm. They too had an afternoon tea in between the meals. Continue reading