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ASK THE EXPERT WITH WHITE RABBIT
CHOCOLATIERS - What’s the fuss
about Afternoon Tea?
Afternoon tea has been around for a long time, but it seems
that over recent years it has gained popularity. What was
once an afternoon activity for exclusively aristocracy is now a
favoured pastime for foodies and socialites alike.
Nowadays the pressure is on for every venue to create and
serve their own version of an Afternoon Tea, which has become
a hyper competitive market and even spawned websites
dedicated to this fancy day-time treat.
Which leads me to ask, what actually is the fuss about Afternoon
Tea? Afternoon Tea is a relatively recent phenomenon,
appearing in the mid-19th Century.
So the story goes it was Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford,
who had a hard time getting through the long hours between
lunch and dinner and began requesting tea, sandwiches and
cake to be brought to her room at around 4pm each day.
She started inviting friends and guests who loved this little
get-together and this activity moved into the drawing room, and
eventually into the routine of all aristocratic ladies.
off. Since Afternoon
Tea started from
such rich settings
it has not lost its
connection to luxury
and pomp and
ceremony are all
part of the authentic
It isn’t just
sandwiches and tea
in the afternoon but it is a time to relax and get looked after, to
socialise with friends, and something to make you feel like a true
So, although most eateries now offer some kind of Afternoon
Tea, to find a really special one still takes some searching.
This privilege would originally, of course, be reserved only for
high society as the rest would still be at work, so it makes sense
that almost 200 years later, in a world with a bit more free time,
this has become a popular activity for anyone with an afternoon
hop on down to
White Rabbit have just re-designed their Afternoon Tea to try and
offer something unique in a now crowded market.
Maintaining the reverence surrounding this experience they
make everything fresh from scratch especially for the occasion,
using premium and local ingredients where we can, and of
course adding our handmade chocolate flourish wherever we
They offer this to take-away,
or to sit-in once normality
returns, so you can have
your opportunity to eat like
an aristocrat, an experience
to transport you away from
the here-and-now and into a
world of fantasy and tradition.
Tel: 01482 679325
Order online: www.whiterabbitchocolatiers.co.uk
Ed Hawkes, White Rabbit
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