High Teas and Classic Afternoon Tea: A Timeless Tradition with Classic Catering

Savour the Elegance of Our High Teas Experience with a Classic Afternoon Tea

High teas are a delightful tradition that offer a chance to enjoy a leisurely afternoon with elegant food and tea.

If you’re new to high tea, it can be intimidating to know what to wear and how to behave. Generally, smart casual attire is appropriate, and remember to sit up straight, and hold your teacup by the handle.

Why do people have high teas?

High teas are often associated with social gatherings, special occasions, or simply as a way to enjoy a luxurious afternoon break.

People have high teas for a variety of reasons. It could be a birthday celebration or a mother-daughter outing. Sometimes businesses choose to have high teas as a corporate event, and it can also be an excellent way to celebrate an engagement or baby shower.

It’s a time to indulge in good company, fine tea, and delicious treats.

Where did the tradition originate?

The tradition of high tea, also known as afternoon tea, originated in England in the 1840s.

Afternoon tea became popular in England in the 1840s as a way to satiate hunger in the afternoon. Later, the Duchess of Bedford turned it into a social event.

It was introduced by Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, who would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and asked for a tray of tea, bread and butter, and cake to be brought to her room.

People began copying the Duchess of Bedford’s habits, which included tea, bread and butter, and cake. Sandwiches and other treats soon became part of the tradition.

This habit became a fashionable social event.


Do catering companies offer high teas?

Yes, many catering companies like Classic Catering offer high tea services, providing an array of packages that can include the setup, food, and tea selection.

Aside from Classic Catering, many other catering services provide high tea services. They can tailor the event depending on your preferences and have available packages for various occasions.

This service can be tailored for various events such as weddings, baby showers, and corporate gatherings.

What sort of food is served at a high tea?

A typical high tea menu includes a mix of savoury and sweet items.

The savory dishes served at a high tea can include mini pies and sausage rolls. These items make perfect appetizers, and it’s nice to have a balance of sweet and savory food.

At Classic Catering, our savoury dishes include Housemade Mini Sausage Rolls and Housemade Mini Party Pies. Salmon and cucumber sandwiches, chicken and mayonnaise sandwiches, and curried egg sandwiches are among the sandwich options you may see on a high tea menu.

Our sandwich selection features Salmon & Cucumber Ribbon Sandwiches, Chicken & Mayonnaise Sandwiches, and Curried Egg Sandwiches.

At Classic Catering, the desserts we serve include a variety of tarts, slices, and macarons. Our Lemon Tartlets and Chocolate Tartlets are crowd favourites!

For those with a sweet tooth, we offer Sweet Lemon Tartlets, Chocolate Tartlets, a decadent Chocolate Caramel Slice, Fruit Custard Tartlets, Portuguese Custard Tarts, and delicate French Macarons.

And don’t forget the Scones, Jam & Cream. Why are scones, jam, and cream traditionally served at high teas? Well, there’s a long-standing tradition of indulging in a leisurely, elegant afternoon tea with friends and loved ones. Scones, with their crumbly texture and buttery flavour, have become a staple of this culture along with the sweet and tangy taste of jam and the smooth richness of cream. As time has passed, this tradition has continued to evolve, but the delight of savouring a warm, freshly baked scone with a dollop of jam and cream remains a timeless pleasure.

The food is usually presented on elegant tiered stands and is accompanied by a selection of teas.


How much is a high tea?

The cost of a high tea can vary widely depending on the venue and the extent of the service provided.

You can typically expect to pay around $40 per person for a high tea, although depending on the venue and what is offered, it could be more expensive.

Prices can start from around $40 per person and go up to $100 or more at high-end locations or for more elaborate setups.

Enjoying a high tea can be a memorable experience, combining the pleasures of gourmet food, the comfort of tea, and the joy of good company.

At Classic Catering, we strive to make this experience even more special by accommodating special requests and personal preferences.

Whether it’s a birthday cake or a specific food type, we’re here to cater to your needs.

Next time you’re in the mood to indulge in some treats, consider trying out a high tea. It’s an excellent way to catch up with friends or family while enjoying some delectable food and drink.