If you live in the UK, you are probably familiar with the
phrase, "at half past three, everything stops for tea". The
ceremonious tradition of Afternoon Tea dates back to the 1840's
when it was customary to have two meals a day, with dinner being
later in the evening. The custom gained popularity when Queen
Victoria took part in London and it has become a quintessential
element of British culture, which is why we go above and beyond to
make sure that Afternoon Tea at Macdonald Hotels across the UK
is served with distinct attention to detail and homemade
specialties using the finest fresh ingredients.
With tomorrow being National Tea Day, we want
to celebrate our commitment to you, the guest, by sharing our top
five reasons for why we LOVE Afternoon Tea.
1. Shaking up the normal routine: We all like
having a set schedule, but there's a thrill to taking a detour from
your everyday routine with an indulgent mid-afternoon treat. It's a
great excuse to maybe leave the office a bit early too…
2. Perfect timing: A catch-up with a friend is
always a good idea, but before work demands getting up obscenely
early, and after work who has the energy? A mid-afternoon break is
ideal for squashing your 3PM slump and being bright-eyed and bushy
tailed to catch up on all the latest gossip.
3. Savoury meets sweet in the most delicious of
ways: For a typical meal dessert isn't always just
included at the end as part of the package, but with Afternoon Tea
our savoury, mouth-watering scones and delicate finger sandwiches
are interchangeable with decadent cakes and sinfully sweet
4. You'll feel super fancy: It's undeniable
that there's something fun about the whimsy of the tradition,
especially when you're using a saucer under your cup and there's a
three-tiered platter of delectable goodies in front of you.
5. Taking part in tradition: Just like the
ladies and gentlemen before you, when your Afternoon Tea is done,
you're part of a custom that has been practiced for generations.
Foreigners definitely earn a stamp of Britishness in their
passports and for native Britons it's a treasured pastime that
generations of your family members have taken part in before
Now the only thing left to discuss: cream first or jam first?
We'll leave that one for another day…
Sarah Watt Digital Marketing Executive, Macdonald
Hotels & Resorts