Annual Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea at the English Barn
Experience The New Tradition in Louisburg, Kansas!!!
The English Barn Afternoon Tea Annual Event
( Date of Event Coming Soon!)
This is truly an experience you won't soon forget.
The cost is $35 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $16.50 for children (ages 3-11), includes service charge and tax.
Experience an elegant afternoon gathered near our grand fireplace ....
This is a time to dress up with your hats for this Sunday afternoon soiree...
The Story of Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea remains to this day a graceful affair to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends. It is a social event that was made fashionable for the upper class by Anna, Duchess of Bedford, in the early nineteenth century. There’s something very special about this ritual. No one is quite sure when afternoon tea was first introduced in England, but the ceremony became widespread in the 1840s when Afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon. The evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter (some time earlier, the Earl of Sandwich had had the idea of putting a filling between two slices of bread) and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her.
This pause for tea became a fashionable social event. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock.
Traditional afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, including a course thinly sliced cucumber sandwich, sconces served with a clotted cream and preserves. Cakes and pastries are also served. Tea is poured from silver pots into delicate bone china cups.
Today, in the average suburban home, afternoon tea is likely to be just a biscuit or small cake and a mug of tea, usually produced by using a teabag!