Drinking tea was not only a social event for those of the upper classes, but also altered the time and manner in which they took tea. Afternoon Tea became the bridge between meals because many wouldn’t have their evening meal until 8pm. As a result, afternoon tea became a ‘mini meal’ in itself.
Even though this concept was affordable by those who belonged to the upper-class, the working class did not stand a chance. And then it evolved in the industrial sectors in The UK (northern England and southern Scotland), as an evening meal, which came into being as high tea.
English High Tea usually involved a mug of tea, bread, vegetables, cheese and sometimes, meat. Variations on high tea could include the addition of pies, potatoes, and crackers. The reason why is it called ‘high tea’ is because that it was eaten at a table, as opposed to, Afternoon Tea, which was taken whilst sitting in low, comfortable chairs or sofas. This traditional high tea is now spreading into different countries.
Considering Sri Lanka’s colonial charm it is strange that high tea is a fairly new trend here. In several luxurious hotels, High Tea has become a most elaborate and exclusive affair, attracting a graceful clientele. However, Colombo’s tea time buffets diverge from the prototypically English three-tiered platters piled with cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, scones, crumpets and cake. There seems to be a deviation in tradition pertaining to the distinction between afternoon tea and high tea. Yet, the luxurious indulgence in fine tea it offers in its tea inspired metamorphosis is matchless. In all honesty, once experienced, it’s hard to forget.
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