We’ve all had that feeling mid-afternoon feeling - dinner is still hours away and lunch is a dim and distant memory. You need something to perk you up a little and keep you going until your main meal of the day is on the table.
Now imagine how you’d feel if you hadn’t eaten since breakfast - it’s little wonder the tradition of afternoon tea was created during a time when it was popular to only have two meals during the day (breakfast and dinner).
An afternoon pick-me-up in the form of food and drink supposedly started with Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the mid 19th century.
It was said she became hungry around 4pm and requested some bread and butter, tea and cakes, be sent to her room. And she enjoyed it so much, she was soon inviting her friends round to share the food.
Of course, with a genius idea like that, it was only a matter of time before word spread and soon it was the ‘in thing’ to have your friends over to enjoy what we now know as afternoon tea.
You can now get an afternoon tea in pretty much any corner of the globe but of course, us Brits can always lay claim to being the original nation to indulge!
Here at The Wroxeter, we have our own version which has been carefully sourced from local suppliers.
The English Garden Tea is on offer from Thursday to Sunday at 3.30pm (groups can also book in at other times, with a private room available for larger groups and parties) and features triple sandwiches filled with delicious ingredients, premium Devon scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam, an Eton mess garden with chocolate soil and is accompanied by a pot of tea or coffee.
The menu has been inspired by our countryside location and we think enjoying an afternoon tea in the picturesque surroundings with friends and family is a fantastic way to honour an English tradition!