Afternoon Tea ~ High Tea vs. Low Tea… what’s the difference?!

As many of you prepare to host an afternoon tea with friends in celebration of the Royal Wedding on April 29th I wanted to touch on the difference between high tea vs. low tea. Most restaurants and hotels in Chicago offer low tea. Low tea is served in low tables (such as a coffee tables) surrounded by couches or arm chairs. The Low Tea meal consists of small finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream (and I must admit the one served in the states doesn’t hold a candle to the one served in the UK), lemon curd along with a few smaller pastries. Low Tea tends to occur between 3PM to 5PM.

High Tea occurs in a traditional dinning table, usually takes place between 5PM to 6PM. The biggest difference between high tea and low tea is that a heavier meal will be served during high tea.  This can be eggs, shepherd pie, or cold meats.

And there you have it.

If you ever want to do Afternoon Tea like the brits do take a trip across the pond and make a reservation at The Ritz in London, and don’t be shy to dress up…. Get ready to undust your best hat and your nicest suit or they will not let you in! Don’t have time to fly to London any time soon? Just visit The Drake, The Four Seasons, The Peninsula Hotel or the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. They all do a great job with their afternoon tea.

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