Where to Enjoy Tea!

TC Smith Historic Inn Bed and Breakfast

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Enjoy Tea and Fruit, Cheese, Wine and Dessert as part of your B&B package!

TC Smith Historic Inn Bed and Breakfast

Schuster Mansion Bed and Breakfast

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Enjoy Low or High Tea for $20 or $40 per person respectively. ($5 additional for Gluten Free.)

Schuster Mansion Bed and Breakfast


The Queen Victorian Bed and Breakfast

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Afternoon Tea with Sweets and Savories is served as part of your B&B package.

The Queen Victorian Bed and Breakfast

High Tea at the Schuster Mansion

by Nancy Guenther

 

I just came from having High Tea at the Schuster Mansion!  From the warm greeting at the door to the promise of a return, we were whisked into another century and pampered beyond measure. I couldn't finish my last pastery, but that's what I get for devouring every savory sandwich and flaky scone that came near to me!  I tried at least four of the seven teas; my favorites were the Schuster Special Blend and the Cinnamon Spice.  I ended with Peppermint!  A short historical talk of the perfect length ended our tea time, and then we were free to sip more tea while we toured the first floor.  A delightful gift store was filled with the scent of fine teas and I lingered over the earrings, scarves, fans and music boxes.  I can't wait to return for another visit!  Bring an appetite and an appreciation of all things lovely!

Tea Time at Schuster Mansion

Tea Time at Schuster Mansion

High Tea and Low Tea

 

The habit of Tea and Food with Friends is said to date to the Victorian Era and in particular to Duchess Ann of Bedford, a friend and lady of Queen Victoria.  It appears, however, that the afternoon "meal" of tea predates this by possibly one hundred years.  To Lady Ann, we think, we can attribute the making of "Tea" a daily habit and one of fare more dainty and sweet, in other words, the invention of Low Tea.  (See http://www.teageek.net/blog/2010/08/is-the-duchess-of-bedford-a-fraud/)


Doesn't it seem as if High Tea should have been for the Upper Class and Low Tea for the Lower Classes?  But such is not the case!  In fact, a high tea was really a substantial meal with both sweets and savories, breads, meats and vegetables (served at a HIGH dinner table.)  


A low tea was a "snacking" tea around which social events and conversation flowered (served at a LOW coffee table style of table.)  Little cakes and cookies were the usual fare of the low tea.  It was typically the upper class who enjoyed the more delicate low tea, and the working class who fueled with the more substantial high tea!

White Teapot with Roses from Roses and Teacups

White Teapot with Roses from Roses and Teacups

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