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Festive Afternoon Tea

We are taking you back to the early 19th century, tea consumption increased dramatically. It was around this time that Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon. We've all experienced it too.

Eating habits at this time meant people only ate 2 main meals a day, breakfast, and dinner, typically around 8 o'clock in the evening. The solution for the Duchess was a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

However, the Duchess soon found this a little lonely and wished to share her afternoon treat with some friends. Invites were sent out to join her in her rooms at Woburn Abbey and so began the tradition of afternoon tea.

We love how adaptable afternoon tea is and it is perfect for a post festive treat. We are all too familiar with that heavy feeling come Boxing Day! We've eaten our friends, family, not to mention ourselves out of house and home! In fact did you know on Christmas Day alone, we consume 7,000 calories! So, take a couple of hours out to stop and relax. Reach for something a little lighter post Christmas, something warming after a frosty walk - should it get anywhere near freezing anytime soon!

Where to start? As with any afternoon tea you will choose a selection of sandwiches. Our recommendations are smoked salmon, turkey and cranberry and cheese and egg. Replace traditional scones with stollen, mince pies and mulled wine panna cotta. Tea and cheese pairs well so you may want to consider a cheeseboard too, green tea with cheddar and black tea with cream cheese.

And of course last but not least, choose the very best quality tea, choose Mazawattee Tea. English Breakfast or Earl Grey are the perfect accompaniment to your personalised festive afternoon tea. Check out our range of teas here.

Don't forget to send us your festive afternoon tea photos. Happy Holidays!