Afternoon Tea Etiquette
“Under certain circumstances there are few hours more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Henry James - The Portrait of a Lady
The ritual of afternoon tea owes its origins to Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford. Living during a time when it was common to eat only two main meals a day; an early breakfast and a late dinner. Anna decided to schedule time to take tea and snack each afternoon. This private ceremony was firstly done furtively in her bedroom, but over time other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
As modern times come upon us there are many twists to the English tradition however one should always understand and practice the proper etiquette of afternoon tea.
On Sunday 4th May we will be joined with leading etiquette expert & broadcaster William Hanson to learn about the rich social history, social mores and etiquette that go with this idyllic meal.
Swot up on how to correctly hold a teacup, entertain guests and the changing shape, taste and pronunciation of the scone whilst enjoying an Eclectic Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Booking is essential with limited spaces available at £35 per person.
Please ring Great John Street on 0161 831 3211 to book your place.
Please arrive promptly at 2pm, and the event shall be enjoyed through till 5pm.
Black, red, green, white, infusions & oolong teas
How to brew, steep and serve the tea
Loose leaf vs. tea bags
Milk in first or last?
Lemon & sugar: other accompaniments for tea
Strainers, teapots, teacups, teaspoons
How to hold your cup & saucer
Stirring tea correctly (not round and round!)
Coping with spills
How to store tea
Tea faux pas
The History and Rise of Afternoon Tea
Anna Maria Russell, seventh Duchess of Bedford
John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich
The rise of the Victorian tearoom
The changing face and shape of the scone
How tea is served at Buckingham Palace
Finessing the Food
Napkin etiquette 101
How to eat your finger sandwiches and other savouries
Preparing and layering your scone elegantly
Petit fours protocol
Duties as Host or Guest
Invitations for tea
What time should you arrive?
Knowing when to start
“Shall I be mother?”
Polite tea talk
Not outstaying your welcome
Thank you letters