The Afternoon Tea Club
The tradition of Afternoon Tea goes back to the late 1700’s. In England at that time there were two main meals daily, Breakfast and Dinner. Dinner was served very late in the evening, so it was a very long time between meals.
The Duchess of Bedford(1788-1861) complained about a “sinking feeling” in the late afternoon. Afternoon Tea was her invention to keep her going until dinner. She would invite friends to join her for tea at 5p.m. Other hostesses quickly copied her idea. Food at tea included such things as thin crustless sandwiches, shrimp or fish pate, toasted breads with jams and regional pastries such as scones and crumpets. The emphasis was on presentation and conversation.
A trend of secret afternoon tea clubs is growing rapidly in the UK and Europe with fan groups keeping everyone in touch of upcoming events. Not to be outdone by my fellow country folk, the Gourmet Gannet and a group of NZ Bloggers have decided to begin introducing Afternoon Tea Clubs to New Zealand.
Check out upcoming events and pop along for high tea at the Gourmet Gannet and be treated to a glass of bubbles, petite sandwiches, dainty homemade savouries and cakes. Get your ‘pinkies’ out as it will all be served in traditional style on English chinaware. Catch up with some friends, meet some new people, bring a friend or treat someone!
Feel free to don your best frock and hat for the occasion!
The Secret Afternoon Tea Club Calendar
If you are interested in events in 2012 please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us and become a friend on Facebook: Gourmet Gannet
Menu: Selection of sandwiches, savouries and dainty cakes served with bubbles and a selection of teas
Must be booked on line to confirm a space: www.gourmetgannet.co.nz