It’s believed that Anna the 7th Duchess of Bedford invented the afternoon tea. That was in the early 19th century. Back then there was usually only to meals – breakfast and dinner and dinner mostly quite late around 8 or 9 o’clock. Feeling quite hungry in the afternoon the duchess would have some friends over and order tea, bread, butter and cakes in the late afternoon. More and more people really caught on to the idea and that’s how afternoon tea was born.
Following on from this custom an afternoon tea became very popular. Usually women would invite friends around for some catch up on the latest gossip. Sandwiches, cakes, and of course tea would be served at all afternoon teas.
Nowadays many leading hotels here in Ireland and the UK serve afternoon tea between 2 and 5 o’clock. Some offer a champagne afternoon tea – and who could resist that?
So, witch my sister visiting we decided to spend a rainy Monday afternoon in January at Fota Island Resort & Spa! Their afternoon tea has been the best I’ve head so far. Just look at those treats! Yumm! Afternoon tea for two comes for 39 Euro.
Sweet treats: Irish coffe style chocolate mousse – raspberry mille feuille – chocolate and coffee opera cake – strawberry tartlet – Jameson chocolate truffles – plain scone – cinnamon scone – carrot cake – lemon cake – banana and walnut cake
Savoury treats: mini seeded brown loaf with smoked salmon and chive cream – mini white soda loaf with roast beef and horseradish cream – mini confit grilled Mediterranean vegetables in tomato tartlet
What’s your favourite place for afternoon tea?
Please let me know, I’d love to try it out!