A few things you didn’t know about high tea

Away from the polluted and noisy city, in the heart of the scenic Magaliesberg, Budmarsh Country Lodge waits to welcome you to its landscaped gardens, where you can enjoy a high tea experience.

Homemade scones, finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon and cream cheese, as well as a selection of sweet and savoury tartlets are just a few of the items on the menu. Choose from a diverse range of teas and coffees as you participate in this charming age-old ritual.

Here are a few things you may not have known about high tea:

  • Tea was initially served to fortify the working classes of 19th and early 20th century England. The combination of tea and caffeine gave the working masses energy to last through the afternoon.
  • The term “high tea” initially referred to the high table that the items would be served on, but later it represented the time of day that tea would be taken (later than afternoon tea).
  • High tea was also referred to as “meat tea” and would be served after sunset.
  • Some believe that the term “high tea” refers to the expression, “it’s high time”.
  • High or afternoon tea also inspired a “tea dance”, which was a social event that included dancing and began either in the late afternoon or early evening.
  • The tradition of high tea has spread around the world, although many outside of England have adapted the concept and serve a lighter tea, earlier in the day, without the meat dishes, and still refer to afternoon tea as high tea.

At Budmarsh Country Lodge, morning and afternoon high teas are served from Monday to Saturday. Booking is essential. To reserve a table, contact us.

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