TEA WITH A TWIST Whether you enjoy your afternoon tea sandwiches with or without crust, one thing we can all agree on is that afternoon tea is a civilised way The beloved tradition of afternoon tea became fashionable in the 1800s in England according to the History of UK Food. The Duchess of Bedford, who would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and not want to wait for dinner at eight o’clock, asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room. She soon began inviting friends to join her and the word spread. Tradition has not changed much since and afternoon tea typically consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches (including of course thinly sliced cucumber), scones served with clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea grown in India or Sri Lanka is poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups. These days, for a truly lavish spread, head to one of the following superb locales. C A N A D A Amongst the best tea experiences in North America, the Fairmont Empress hotel has served afternoon tea to many a celebrity, dignitary and even royalty. Each three-tiered display includes the house-made signature Empress scones with assorted pastries, clotted cream and strawberry preserves with fresh lavender from the hotel’s rooftop garden. A selection of over 20 loose leaf teas is on offer with The Empress Tea most popular amongst guests. The tea list is completely ethically sourced and certified by the Ethical Tea Partnership. Indulge friends at home with a sample of teas from the hotel gift shop. to spend time with friends and family.
LPS Magazine April 2018
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