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British Tea and Etiquette

Michelle Shi, Yuri Kawaharada, Victor Chen

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on 16 November 2012

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By: Michelle Shi, Victor Chen, and Yuri Kawaharada British Tea and Etiquette By: Michelle Shi History of Tea Time
General Background Information Types of British Tea Types of British Tea: Cream Tea, Low/Afternoon Tea, Elevensies, Royale Tea, High Tea Afternoon Tea High Tea - Known as high tea because guests were seated at high dinner table
- High tea is a full meal usually served during 5 to 6 PM (in place of dinner)
- Usually associated with the lower class but not exclusively, adopted by all social classes
- Hungry after a long day of work, often with no breaks Brief History of Afternoon and High Tea General History of Tea Time in Britain - Known as "Low Tea" because guests were seated in low tables in a sitting room
- Low tea is a light meal traditionally served at 4 to 5 PM (mini meal or snack)
- Associated with higher class
-saw it as social occasion rather than a meal, more emphasis on presentation and conversation
- Starve off hunger between an early lunch and late dinner
-Popularized during the Victorian Era What to Eat at Afternoon Tea What to Eat at High Tea - Started when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford complained of "having that sinking feeling" during the late afternoon
- A pot of tea and a light snack was taken privately to her boudoir
- Later, friends were invited and these gatherings became very popular with the "fashionable society" (late 1830's and early 1840's) History of Low Tea Three types of Afternoon Tea:
- Cream Tea: tea, scones, jam and cream
- Light Tea: tea, scones, and sweets
- Full Tea: tea, savories, scones, sweets, and desserts

Serving Tea Today:
- Three particular course served specifically in the order:
1. Savories- tiny sandwiches and or appetizers
2. Scones- served with jam and Devonshire/clotted cream
3. Pastries- cakes, cookies, shortbread, and sweets - Charles II grew up in exile at The Hague, exposing him to the custom of drinking tea
- Married Catherine de Braganza (Portuguese) who also enjoyed drinking tea
- Grown up drinking tea in Portugal because it was the preferred beverage of the time
- Catherine de Braganza arrived in England to marry Charles II in 1662
- She became known as the first tea-drinking queen Start of Drinking Tea - First samples of tea arrived in England around 1650
- Royal Family made drinking tea popular
- Before, it was customary to drink beer during breakfast but Queen Anne replaced beer with tea
- Popular enough to replace ale as England's national drink General High Tea: Bread, vegetables, cheese, and occasionally meat (sometimes called "meat tea")
- variations might include addition of pies, potatoes, and crackers
Upper Class 'High Tea': mix of low tea and high
- In addition to what is eaten at low and high tea, they also ate fish (salmon or smoked herring) and fruit History of High Tea - Lower class ran on different schedule and budget
- Tea was quite expensive during that time and the lower class couldn't afford to spend on anything other than necessities Icebreaker Video! Assessment Time! - The class will be separated into 3 teams for this game
- There will be a short skit in which we will demonstrate distinct traits of "bad etiquette"
- Each team will observe carefully to notice the errors in our behavior and collaborate as a group in find all the mistakes made
- The team(s) that finds the all or the most will win candy! Thank You! welcome to class - 11/16/2012 by Yuri Kawaharada Tea Etiquette Holding a Teacup - Hold the teacup with the thumb in front and
index/middle fingers in the back
- Hold the vessel of the teacup if there is no handle,
otherwise, hold the handle
- Put your pinky up as a graceful way to keep
balance. (Don't stick it straight up, tilt it slightly)
- Do NOT:
Loop fingers through the handle
Grab the cup's vessel by the palm of your hand
Wave the cup in the air when not in use Napkins - Napkins are placed at the left of the place setting
- Folded with closed edge to the left and open edge to the right
- NEVER place a napkin on a chair when
leaving the table. It is easier to wash a tablecloth (compared to a chair seat) when something from the napkin stains it
- At the end of the tea party, fold the napkin with a crease on it and place it on the left to indicate to the host that you would like to be invited again Other Etiquette as a Guest - Sip tea, not slurp, as it is impolite to drink noisily
- Scones:
Never slice scones; just break off a bite size with your hands.
Use a butter knife to put jam on it, instead of dipping.
Eat with your hands, not a fork.
- Teaspoons:
When mixing, move teaspoon back and forth between 6o'clock and 12o'clock positions.
Never leave the spoon in the cup after mixing; ask the waiter to take it or leave it on the tea plate. When You are the Host The Behaviours of Life Refusing: Table Manners -Make little noise
-Chew with your mouth closed
-Avoid filling up mouth with too much food to breathe quietly
-Eat at a relaxed pace to not appear greedy

-Fork in left hand when holding a spoon or knife

-Wait until everyone is served before eating Tact “Tact is the delicate skill of handling a difficult situation and coming out with everyone still smiling.” Use of Language
-Refuse graciously without causing offense
-Refusing invitations with an excuse is considered good mannerism Understatement:
“The stiff upper lip is underpinned by understatement, a very British way of speaking, which resolutely refuses to succumb to drama, excitement, or high emotion.” be that quiet dark character you see in shows and you are good to go! Self-Depreciation:
It is rude to over present yourself. Expressions of self-esteem may be interpreted instead as boasts. Use understatement with yourself. Like this box Informality:
-British are adopting being informal in life- especially the younger population
-Use of first names is still divided
-Contrast is great and can be perceived as they are trying to be friendly with you
-Britons use affectionate names like “dear”, “flower”, love”, “chick”, “mate” Greetings -Traditionally, greetings are “How do you do?”; should be answered with “How do you do?”
-Informally, the answer to “Hi, how are you?” is “Fine thanks, can’t complain.”

-Shake their hand and avoid excessive eye contact Tipping cause that's how America's economy spills -Tip 10% for restaurants, round to the nearest pound

-Tip a pound (1USD = 1.60GBP) or two for small services at hotels

-It is more polite to tip them without showing the money 23 pound lunch?

tip 2 pounds Smiling
"Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles." -George Eliot

Don’t have a fixed grin on your face, but a smile beats a frown... even if it's insincere at times. Other Basics - Serve tea with milk instead of cream, since cream is too heavy and masks the taste of tea
- Serve lemon preferably sliced; sliced lemon can float in the tea and add to its flavor. Lemon wedges can squirt juice everywhere when squeezed
- Provide a small lemon fork for guests to use
- Warn guests not to put in milk AND lemon, as the lemon's citric acid would cause the milk's protein to curdle
- Three-tier curate: scones on top, then savories/ tea sandwiches, then sweets All About Place Setting -How plates and utensils are set up at the table
-The plate goes in the middle
- The napkin is usually on the very left (but on plate sometimes), with the fork on it or to the right of it
- A butter knife with the cutting edge facing left is on the right, with a teaspoon, soup spoon, and teacup following it (to the right)
- A bread plate (if any) is on the upper left
- A dessert fork and spoon facing opposite directions will go above the plate
- Water and wine are sometimes on the upper
-The teapot and kettle's spout faces the
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