We’ve all heard the song; ‘At half past three, everything stops for tea’, but not many of us know where the tradition of Afternoon Tea actually comes from!
The custom of drinking tea dates back to the 3rd millennium BC in Ancient China, and became popular in England during the mid 17th century, when the concept of ‘afternoon tea’ first appeared, as introduced by Anna, Duchess of Bedford.
Due to the long period of time between her lunch and 8pm evening meal, the Duchess would become hungry around 4pm, often asking for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake. This soon became a habit and she later invited friends to join her.
This mid-afternoon pause for tea became a fashionable social event during the 1880’s, when upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for the event.
So, don your finery (or just your jeans, we don’t mind!), and join us for a delicious post shopping or pre-theatre treat.
Served between 2-5pm, Afternoon Tea costs only £19.95 per person, or £29.45 with a glass of champagne. Featuring the award-winning Newby Tea of London, diners can sit back, relax and ignore the hustle and bustle of Birmingham (Live music also on selected days).