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High Tea vs Low Tea: What is the Difference?



High tea and low tea are two traditional meals that originated in England during the 19th century. While both meals involve the consumption of tea and light refreshments, there are several key differences between the two.


High tea, also known as "afternoon tea," is a meal that is typically served in the late afternoon, usually between 3 and 5pm. It is a more formal affair, and is often served in hotels, tea rooms, and other upscale venues. High tea typically consists of dainty sandwiches, cakes, and pastries, served with tea and accompanied by light conversation and polite socializing.


Low tea, on the other hand, is a more casual and informal meal that is typically served in the early evening, usually between 5 and 7pm. It is often served in the living room or drawing room of a private home, and is a more relaxed and informal affair. Low tea typically consists of a wider variety of dishes, including sandwiches, scones, cakes, and other sweet and savory treats, served with tea and accompanied by casual conversation and socializing.


In terms of their origins, high tea was originally intended as a late afternoon meal for working-class people, who would return home from work hungry and in need of a substantial meal to tide them over until dinner. Low tea, on the other hand, was originally intended as a meal for the upper and middle classes, and was a more leisurely and refined affair.


Today, high tea and low tea are still popular traditions in many parts of the world, particularly in England and other parts of the UK. However, they have also undergone a resurgence in popularity among younger people, who are rediscovering the pleasures of a leisurely afternoon or evening tea ritual. While high tea and low tea may have different histories and traditions, they both involve the enjoyment of tea and light refreshments in a relaxed and social setting. Whether you prefer a formal and refined high tea or a more casual and informal low tea, there is a tea ritual to suit everyone's tastes and preferences.


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