Victorian High Tea

Discover how to have a high tea ... table settings, menus and desserts.

Tea has always been a popular beverage with the English. In the 19th century, one or two cups of tea were welcome in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. The English liked their tea strong and fresh made. They put unboiled milk and sugar into it. In most English houses, tea time was at 5. The Victorian tea table was set before the mistress of the house with the tea things, viz., the tea cups, milk jug, sugar basin, tea caddy, slop basin (or box), hot water kettle (or tea kettle, tea urn), and the beloved tea pot under a cosy – a wadded covering, like a fur cap, which served to keep the tea hot. The Victorian high tea was a slightly formal and elaborate form of “five-o’clock tea,” or an “at home.”

Discover how to have a Victorian high tea … table settings, menus and desserts.


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