Would you fancy a cup of tea?
The British sip this hot scrumptious liquid refreshment every afternoon of their lives? But why? Where did this practice originate?
According to the www.histori-uk.com website, this is how afternoon tea got its beginnings
Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.