“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
That oh-so-English custom, Afternoon tea, is one that anyone who has watched Downton Abbey or other British costume drama longs to share. The tea service, the finger sandwiches, the little pastries. Yes, please!
Afternoon tea is not an ancient custom. It was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The story goes that the Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon to help her quell her appetite between lunch and the dinner hour (8 PM). It wasn’t long before her friends took up the idea and a custom was born.
Over the years this pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns (called “Tea Gowns”) gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and Afternoon Tea has become a sought after delight all over the globe. These are my current picks for Afternoon Tea in Boston. Enjoy!