Afternoon tea was introduced 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 was served fashionably late at eight o'clock, thus leaving a
long period of time between lunch and dinner.
Later friends were invited to join her for "tea and a walking the fields."
Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable
enough to move it into the drawing room. Before long all of fashionable society was sipping
tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, scones served with
clotted cream and preserves, cakes and pastries.