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‘National Afternoon Tea Week’ is celebrated in the UK from August 7th to August 13th and it is a chance to spoil ourselves with lashings of char and copious amounts of scones, cake and sandwiches … nothing wrong with that!
Many hotels, cafes and restaurants now offer fab afternoon tea treats, but traditionally these were taken at home, usually in the drawing room. Historically, it has been said that this afternoon delight was started in the 1800s by Anna Russell 7th Duchess of Bedford, to combat the ‘sinking feeling’ she used to get at the later part of the afternoons.
But the afternoon teas of old only had a few very small, light bites to eat, nothing as flamboyant as we enjoy now! From scones to cakes, and mini sausage rolls to cut sandwiches, there is nothing off the high tea menu these days it seems! The Atco team think that it could be time to get your posh frocks on and plan this ceremonial delight at home this week, so here are some ideas…