Did you know that Afternoon Tea and High Tea are two very different traditions? Many people mistake one for the other while actually the two are very different in character. Indeed both have thoroughly British origins and spring from the common and incorrigible British palate for tea, but they are different. Thank you my dearest Nisha @_nishagupta for enlightening me with this interesting trivia. [Note: This post is just meant to explain the origins of the two popular tea traditions of Britain and their interesting history; it does not endorse or promote any class distinction or segregationism.]
As I had elaborated upon the rich history of Afternoon Tea in a previous post, the inception of Afternoon Tea is credited to Anna, Duchess of Bedford. When the oppressing "hunger spells" during the long gap between Lunch and Dinner gnawed at her appetite, she instituted the tradition of having tea with bread, cake, and butter, which gradually evolved into a grand and ceremonious royal affair with bonne bouches, pretty eats and even champagne! (Refer to my earlier post.) High Tea, on the other hand, has evolved from what emerged as a relief enterprise for the working class/middle-class or proletarians during the dawn of the Industrial Age. Since the working class could not afford to leave work soon and indulge in the luxuriant succulence of Afternoon Tea, they had their tea-time after work. High Tea involved heartier, heavier and more wholesome dishes(much more than just cake and scones)- to rejuvenate and invigorate the exhausted spirits of an industrious people after a hard day of labour.
While Afternoon Tea is had at about 4 p. m., High Tea is had at somewhere around 6 or 7 p. m. It can also, in some cases, be referred to as the 'evening meal' or 'supper'. The addition of the word "High" to Tea in High Tea is epistemologically attributed to the relatively higher(high-back) tables and chairs on which the after-work tea was served as compared to the opulently low and comfortable chairs placed in verdant gardens or plush parlours for Afternoon Tea.
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