What is Afternoon Tea or High Tea?
Traditionally, afternoon tea was a light meal served in the late afternoon. Afternoon tea generally consisted of a variety of teas accompanied by savoury treats such as cucumber sandwiches or egg and cress sandwiches, scones with jam and cream as well as cakes and pastries. Afternoon tea dates back to the 1800s and was mostly associated with the wealthy social classes in England. Today, the food is served on a tiered stand and may include varieties of sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries. The tea may also be substituted with champagne or an alcoholic beverage.