We've found a lovely blog Downton Abbey Cooks, which provides elegant education on such matters as proper tea terms. The blog from Pamela Foster, who is a cook and historian, offers some tips on tea.
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- Cream Tea — A simple tea service consisting of scones, clotted cream, marmalade or lemon curd and tea.
- Afternoon Tea — What we imagine all British teas to be. An afternoon meal, served typically from 2 – 4 pm, which includes the tiers of smart little crustless sandwiches, scones, clotted cream, curd, 2-3 sweets and heaps of tea.
- High Tea — It’s not what you think. It is more like the North American dinner hour, so avoid disappointment by booking a ”high tea” when you really wanted an afternoon tea. Confusing, I know. You think it means a fancy (scones and sandwiches are fancy, right?). I would watch Corrie Street and wondered about the big fuss about ”tea” at the end of the day and I never saw a single scone! High tea consists of meat and potatoes as well as other foods and tea. It was not exclusively a working class meal but was adopted by all social groups. Families with servants often took high tea on Sundays in order to allow the maids and butlers time to go to church and not worry about cooking an evening meal for the family.