Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week in Dumfries!

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August 10th is the official start of Afternoon Tea Week- a whole week dedicated to celebrating the great heritage and tradition of Afternoon Tea in the UK!

The practice of Afternoon Tea was invented by Anna Maria Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, in the mid-1800s. Surprisingly, back then, it was customary only to have two meals a day in the morning and night. Not surprisingly, however, are the hunger pangs that attacked in-between; the Duchess complained of experiencing “a sinking feeling” midday and started to think of ways to counteract the energy dip. Her solution (and a very sensible one at that we think!) was to have a private snack and pot of tea in the afternoon. At first, this small meal was taken in the boudoir- close friends were invited to join, what was considered at the time, this indulgent guilty pleasure! However, as the popularity of afternoon tea spread throughout the upper and upper middle classes, it was moved into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

Afternoon tea typically consists of sandwiches (mainly cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, coronation chicken and smoked salmon with cream cheese), scones with cream and jam as well as a variety of yummy cakes (Battenberg, fruit cake, Victoria sponge). And if you have ever wondered why, here in the UK, we love to dunk our biscuits in tea…that all started at one of these tantalising tea parties! Talking of tea, the common choices usually include Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey and Lapsang Souchong….although some places offer up to 100 different types!

Here at Holiday Inn Dumfries, we offer our very own Afternoon Tea package that is delicious and affordable at only £12.50 per person! Book now and carry on the tradition at http://holidayinndumfries.com/food-drink/afternoon-tea-3/

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