5 Essentials of Afternoon Tea Etiquette

5 Essentials of Afternoon Tea Etiquette

Afternoon tea is a quintessential part of British culture – and Yorkshire life too!

With its crackling open fire, pretty mismatched china and quirky vintage grandfather clock (that is only right two times a day!) our tearoom makes it the perfect place to enjoy the experience.So here is a quick guide to traditional afternoon tea etiquette.

But feel free to break with tradition and ditch the rules – as the most essential of them all is just to relax and enjoy.Here we go!

1. What to Wear

It sounds like such a formal occasion – but does your clothing need to be too?In short, no.We’d recommend that you don’t rock up in your tracksuit…but there’s no need for men to wear a jacket and smart/casual should strike the right chord.

2. Dunk It?

It’s all about enjoying what’s on offer – the tea, the treats. But for us dunking your biccy is just a step too far. Save it for your sofa.

3. Causing a Stir

The ‘proper’ way is not to cause a racket – and no chinking your cup!It’s also advised to place your spoon in a 6 o’clock position in your cup and then gently ‘fold’ your tea to the 12 o’clock position and then back again.Not round and round (and round).

4. Pinkie Up?

Many think popping up a pinkie is the posh way of enjoying you tea.But they’d be wrong as according to etiquette it’s considered rude.There are different theories as to how this faux pas originated, but all you need to remember is to tuck it in.

5. Milk in First?

No. No. No. At least that’s the afternoon tea law according to etiquette expert William Hanson.He told The Daily Mail it goes in last – primarily as you don’t know how strong your tea will be until it’s poured.It also once related to class and heritage.According to Hanson servants of the house would need the milk to act as a coolant first to avoid cracking the inferior clay cups. Whereas with the fine bone china this wasn’t necessary.

To book our famous afternoon tea in our tearoom contact 01439 770466.

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