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The charming ritual of afternoon tea is believed to have been
originated by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783 - 1857) at Belvoir Castle.
Every afternoon she experienced "sinking feelings" between lunch and the fashionable late dinner hour (sometime served as late as 9 p.m.). Anna requested a tray of sandwiches, pastries, and a pot of tea be sent to her boudoir to sustain her until dinner. Soon the Duchess invited other ladies
to join her and they began to have tea in their homes also. By the early 1800s afternoon
tea was quite a social occasion and a well-established British custom. Whether a Spot of
tea shared by two or an elegant and social high tea for many, both speak of friendship
and a drink that warms the heart.

310 Dauphin Street
Across from Cathedral Park

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