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Afternoon Tea – One of life’s luxuries

Afternoon Tea is a British Institution and one of life’s true little luxuries. The tradition of taking a mid-afternoon snack is believed to have been started by Anne, 7th Duchess of Bedford in the early 19th century. At that time it was customary to dine late and in order to stave off hunger pangs, she would order tea, bread & butter and cake to be served in her room. Friends were invited to join her and the trend caught on.

Soon invitations to take tea “At Home” were rife among the fashionable ladies of the day and gradually the taking of tea spread. It moved from the home to public places and ‘Tea Rooms’ and ‘Tea Gardens’ were set up all over the UK. In the Edwardian period it became established that tea would be served at 4pm. The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason became the places to go. Tea Dances soon followed but these became less fashionable after the 2nd World War although the ritual of Afternoon Tea has been gaining popularity again in the last few years.

Traditionally afternoon tea consists of finger sandwiches, scones with jam & cream and cakes. At Avery Crest this is a tradition we fully appreciate and we know that coming back to the chalet, after a great day’s skiing, it is wonderful to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea. We offer a choice of tea and coffee with delicious fresh French bread with choice of jams & spreads and a lovely homemade cake or selection of scones and biscuits. Enjoy your tea in comfortable sofas, in front of a crackling fire discussing the exploits of the day – one of life’s little luxuries.