Simpson House

​Tea Room

Afternoon or High Tea?

Which am I having?

English-style afternoon tea was “invented” by Anna Maria: the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1788-1861) and one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting. In her day, the upper crust ate a very late dinner. Every afternoon at about 5 o'clock, the duchess experienced “a sinking feeling.” One afternoon she instructed servants to serve tea and little cakes on a tray. The experience was so delightful that she repeated it every afternoon thereafter. Eventually, the duchess' little snack time was discovered by the Queen and became an elaborate and much loved domestic ceremony.

Traditionally served between three and five o'clock, afternoon tea is an elegant snack rather than a full meal. The menu usually includes dainty finger sandwiches, scones, jam and clotted or Devon cream, small cakes and other sweets.

High tea, often confused in America with afternoon tea, is a hearty, “sit-down” supper served from six o'clock on. Also known as a “meat tea”, this meal was introduced in the 19th century as a working-class supper. The menu might include savory meat dishes, salad, bread and cheese and a simple homemade cake or pie

Courtesy of
Elizabeth Knight, author Tea with Friends




Tea Sips   


Like to try different teas? Want to introduce someone to different teas? Tickle your taste buds with a trip from white to black tea and see for yourself what all the fuss is about. Join us to sample 10 teas. Then stay to have a cup of the one you liked best along with a freshly baked scone with lemon curd, jam & Devonshire cream.

Call to reserve your spot as space is limited. Payment is due at time of booking.

Date: June 16th 2018

Time 3:30 – 4:30

Cost: $6.00 per person

Reservations Required


Teas being poured: Pai Mu Tan, Sencha, Lucky Dragon Hyson, Ti Kuan Yin, Orange Blossom Oolong, Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Peppermint, & Bourbon Street Vanilla 
    

Feb 2018

We will be closed April 1st thru April 10th for Spring Vacation.

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