History of Afternoon Tea
The invention of 'Afternoon Tea' is attributed to Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, who reputedly grew tired of long spaces between meals. The Duchess has said to of quoted 'I'm having that sinking feeling', so in 1840, she plucked up the courage and asked for tea, bread, butter and cake to be brought to her room.
Anna developed a habit and soon invited her friends to join her, it became quite the affair. As the century progressed so 'Afternoon Tea' became increasingly elaborate, ladies would change into long gowns, and enjoy 'Afternoon Tea' from the finest china.
'Afternoon Tea' has always been a graceful and refined occasion, bringing people together for a brief hour's pleasure and refreshment.