下午茶的起源：（the origin of English afternoon tea）
The custom of taking afternoon tea is believed to have been first introduced in England in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.
At that time ,lunch was taken early and dinner was not served in the evening until about 9 pm. The Duchess apparently became hungry in the afternoon and ask for some tea, bread and butter and cake to be brought to her room. This soon became a habit, and the Duchess started to invite friends round to join her.
During the 1880’s upper-class,and society women would change into long gowns,gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which usually served in the drawing room between 4 and 5 o’
Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection dainty sandwiches scones served with clotted cream.Cakes and pastries are also served.Tea grown in India and Ceylon is poured from silver tea pots into delicate bone china cups.
English afternoon tea’s special tea is produced in the British colony of India’s Darjeeling tea and Earl Grey, or Ceylon Highland Tea, in addition the UK has the habit of afternoon tea drink milk tea. Tea also comes with sliced the lemon and milk cans.
Afternoon snacks is generally formal ‘three planes’, in the form of :placing the first layer of flavored sandwiches,the second layer is the traditional British dessert scone,the three bottom-up aircraft should start to eat dim sum.
Usually the hostess service their guests by themselves to show the respect.