Tea Culture: Afternoon Tea


Tea Culture: Afternoon Tea

Did you know that people in the UK drink more tea than people in Japan? In 2016, the UK was ranked #3 in the world for tea consumption (Japan was #9!).




England’s tradition of afternoon tea began in the 1840s, when the Duchess of Bedford decided to have tea and a small snack before dinner to keep from getting tired in the afternoon. It is said that the Duchess liked Darjeeling tea the best.




Though some people enjoy afternoon tea at home, it is often served in tea rooms and cafes throughout the UK. Modern afternoon tea includes a pot of tea and a tiered cake stand with bite-sized sandwiches and sweets.




Afternoon tea is a chance to enjoy British culture, while sampling various local foods. Of course, it’s also a way to enjoy chatting in English with new friends!