NATIONAL CREAM TEA DAY 28th JUNE 2019

The Farrer’s team are busy gearing up to celebrate all things Cream Tea on 28th June – National Cream Tea Day, a day that is guaranteed to be jam packed with all thing’s tea, scone, jam and clotted cream!

But where did this obsession with cream tea start?

Britain’s love affair with tea began when the daughter of the Portuguese King John IV, a certain Catherine de Braganza, married England’s Kind Charles II, in 1662.

Not only did Charles marry into one of the most powerful houses in Europe, which helped him with his numerous debts it also got him and his courtiers into the habit of taking tea…

Portugal, a powerful colonial power, had been trading in the East for some considerable time, which meant that the Portuguese and many of their European counterparts had a hankering for luxury goods from that part of the world; including tea, which was seriously expensive and as a result extremely fashionable in aristocratic circles.

Catherine as you might imagine aufait with the fads and fashions of European courtiers quickly introduced the latest trend, the custom of taking tea to the English court… which hitherto had sadly lagged behind… that said the English quickly caught up… the East India Company placed its first order for 100lbs of China tea in 1664, by 1685, over 12,000lbs was being imported… and so begins the national obsession with tea…

In 1706, London’s first tearoom opened, before long, a flurry of tearooms appeared across the city… as you might imagine tea consumption took off…

In the 1840’s people only had two meals a day including the delightful Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, who it is said often complained of ‘having that sinking feeling’ during late afternoon. She came up with an innovative solution to combat her hunger…  a pot a tea and a light snack, taken privately in her private rooms during the afternoon…

What started out as simple affair to stave off her afternoon hunger pangs rapidly grew out of all proportion to become a glam social affair involving finery and friends…

By the middle of the 19th century, afternoon tea had become an everyday occurrence featuring a spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones, cream and jam…

With the advent of the railways in the middle of the 19th century, the affordability of tea and the growth of tourism, light snacks became all the rage, with cafes, hotels and other establishments capitalising on the fad for afternoon tea had become an everyday occurrence featuring a spread of sandwiches, cakes, scones, cream and jam… the latter part the first hint of cream teas as we know them today…

Whatever you do don’t forget to celebrate this quintessentially British tradition with freshly baked scones swamped with jam and clotted cream washed down with a delicious cup of Farrer’s Lakeland Special Tea this National Cream Tea Day…​