Dear Readers, I love sharing my interests and fascinating moments with you which is why I thought of dedicating an entire blog post to the artful concept of high tea or afternoon tea. We know the Queen likes her cup of Darjeeling tea, and this is one way to experience high tea like an English royal.
What is High Tea or Afternoon Tea?
High Tea was invented by British royalty Anna Maria Russell back in the 1700s. This meal came into the lifestyle of Britishers at a time when they only had two major meals a day. It’s called High Tea because it was supposed to be experienced by siting on a (high stool like) chair & table. It is now a luxurious name for Afternoon tea meant to be a filler in between meals.
High Tea Etiquettes
At a High Tea experience, tea is consumed with cakes, finger sandwiches, scones, etc. The protocol is such that one needs to indulge in the sandwiches first and that too with hand. Scones are supposed to be consumed later and broken with hand. Scones need to be adorned with clotted (vanilla ) cream and jam. Tea should be stirred back and forth instead of in a circular motion.
High Tea in a Palace
R & I first experienced High Tea in Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town. We not just had a lovely time but also swore to indulge in High Tea at the nicest places possible.
Sujan Rajmahal Palace in Jaipur is one of the oldest and most treasured spaces of this pink city. This palace embodies the heritage of its past maintaining the original marble staircase, chandeliers & family possessions.
With a high tea experience at Sujan, lose yourself in the verdant, sun-kissed Rajmahal Palace & rediscover your love for tea. Here are some heartwarming pictures …
High Tea at Nelly, Cape Town
The husband and I got introduced to High Tea at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Read all about Cape Town, here.
I strongly recommend you experience high tea at least once in your lifetime. I know I am going for my next high tea experience with the husband in Dubai on my birthday 😉