High Tea Tuesdays are our nod to our neighbours at the retirement village next door. When we’re done with our renovations, we invite you to join us in our back bar for tea, champagne and scones every Tuesday from 11am.
The term “high tea” refers to the fact that it was originally served “high” at the table, as opposed to “low” on comfy sofas and armchairs. It seems to be a variation of the original “afternoon tea” favoured by the upper classes and served in their elegant parlours. The practice evolved into a more substantial meal that could be eaten sitting up “high” at the table in the early evening when people returned from work.
As explained above, there are some differences between high tea and afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea was originally dreamt up in the early nineteenth century by Anna, the Seventh Duchess of Bedford, to fill the gap between lunchtime and the serving of dinner around eight o’clock in the evening. She started the tradition of enjoying tea, cakes and bread and butter at four o’clock, and the phenomenon soon caught on.
High tea took the essence of this light meal and evolved into a more hearty affair, with the addition of more substantial savoury dishes. This was perfect for the working classes to consume in the early evening after a hard day’s work.
Nowadays, the terms “high tea” and “afternoon tea” can be pretty much interchangeable.
A delicious high tea will involve copious amounts of freshly-brewed tea, and a selection of sweet and savoury snacks to delight every type of taste bud.
And don’t forget that the emphasis is just as much on the warm welcome at Southend Hotel and the chance to socialise and enjoy the company of others, as the tasty light bites and delicious tea to wash it down with!
Are you a resident at Maroubra Gardens Retirement Village? Then you’re eligible for a 20% off discount! Enjoy!