THE DUCHESS OF BEDFORD'S AFTERNOON TEA

Tea consumption increased dramatically during the early nineteenth century. It is around this time that Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of “having that sinking feeling” during the late afternoon to her butler. At the time it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day, breakfast, &; dinner at around 8 o’clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea & a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Later friends were invited to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey & this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London, sending cards to her friends asking them to join her for tea & a walk in the fields. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea & the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of the fashionable society was sipping tea & nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.

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THE BEDFORD SWAN TRADITIONAL AFTERNOON TEA

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Selection of Sandwiches :

Cucumber & Cream Cheese
Egg Mayonnaise with Black pepper and Cress
Smoked Salmon with Lemon crème fraiche
Roast Ham with Whole Grain Mustard

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Freshly Made Fruit and Plain Scones Served with Raspberry Jam and Clotted Cream

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Lemon Posset, Apple Compote Crumble
Chocolate Choux Bun, Salted Caramel and Chantilly Cream
Fresh Fruit tart with Apricot glaze
Spiced Fruit loaf with Cinnamon buttercream

 

All Served with a Choice of Freshly Brewed Loose-Leaf Tea or Illy Coffee


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