“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment.”
– Muriel Barbery
In the mid 1700’s, the British tradition of High Tea typically consisted of drinking tea around a high table, either standing or sitting on tall stools or posh chairs. It was accompanied by delicious foods such as cold meats, vegetables, teacakes, fruitcakes, pickled fish, potatoes, salads, pies, homemade tarts, breads, or crackers with butter. It usually took place from 5pm to 7pm and was considered a heavy meal – dinner – with tea. Tea would be served from the finest silver teapots into elegant fine bone China cups.
Interestingly enough, there is a blend between high tea and afternoon tea. It is believed the Anna Maria Russell, a duchess, sparked the trend of afternoon tea because she often grew hungry between lunch and dinner, which was usually served after 7:00pm.
This picture of these century old traditions are exactly what we set out to mimic at Abigail’s Tea House. We serve delicious snacks alongside quality loose leaf tea. Our tea house feels like you are travelling back in time to Great Britain.