Afternoon Tea – is it only for tourists now?
Since moving to England, I’ve experienced some pretty amazing cream teas and afternoon teas. Traditional afternoon tea is an English tradition that I really like but wonder whether it is dying out? Especially with young people? I was talking with my 14 year old who thinks afternoon tea is an old tradition that only old people or tourists still do. Is he right? My English husband has never been fussed about going for afternoon tea and I’m sure I like it more than he does. I love the tradition, the style and the little sandwiches 🙂 plus having tea in a china cup is always fun.
I was curious so, naturally, turned to good old Google. I found a few websites detailing the history and origin of afternoon tea such as this website www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/afternoon-tea/ and this one www.afternoontea.co.uk/information/history-of-afternoon-tea/ Both are interesting reads. And a Mail Online article from 2011 stating afternoon tea is more popular than ever. I also found quite a few articles and blog posts on English school websites and on lots of touristy type websites – especially London based ones. Incidentally, if you are looking for a place to have Afternoon Tea in London, I recommend Bills (pictured below).
I’d really like to know what English people make of it and if they like the tradition and think it’s still popular and relevant. Not too long ago it was National Afternoon Tea day. I treated my family to a lovely tea at The Happy Tea Pot in Worthing but did not see anyone else joining in. And online #afternoonteaday did not have much of an impact on my tweets.
So, if you’re English and you’re reading this, please let us know what you think. If you’re not English and you’ve experienced a traditional afternoon tea in England, please share what you enjoyed about it and also where you had it. I’m always on the look-out for new places to try. Is it purely a touristy thing to do? Or, is it a tradition still much loved by the English?
This is a good website for afternoon tea lovers www.afternoontea.co.uk
Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits, co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs, co-founder and Director of Design and Web at Shake It Up Creative. And, she is an award winning expat blogger.