It was not until the end of the 18th century that the tradition of the Afternoon Tea was introduced by the Duchess of Bedford. The duchess found it hard not to eat between lunch and dinner and therefore started drinking tea and eating some snacks between four and five o clock, making it what it is today!
Nowadays, we are too busy for such a relaxed lifestyle so we treat ourselves, on special occassions, to Afternoon Tea in places like hotels and tea rooms.
Afternoon Tea is mostly composed of scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, sandwiches (smoked salmon, ham, cucumber, chicken) and Tea pastries and cakes like Victoria sponge.
I am having Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Hotel next Sunday with my husband! I will let you know how it goes! Stay tuned!!