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The G & Tea Tale

With years of busy city life and a career working in Primary Education, our family decided to move to Worcester for a change in lifestyle. The hidden gems of the countryside, the cobbled streets of the shambles and the welcoming atmosphere of the community has been our home for just over two years now.

As mother in a family of six, I’m always in the kitchen! My husband Gary has often joked that we will soon need an extension for all of the cupcake cases, muffin tins and other baking bits and bobs I have collected. As much as I had adored working as a teaching assistant, and as many wonderful memories as I have to treasure, I knew it was time to inspire my creative flare and pursue my real passion; baking!

 

Once settled in our new home, I had invited some of my teacher friends over for afternoon tea. My youngest daughter and I had baked all morning, preparing cakes and sandwiches for an afternoon that was filled with laughter, reminiscence and lots of catching up.

In a trip to Worcester to do a spot of shopping, we stumbled across the vintage tearooms and fell in love; I knew it was exactly where I wanted to be. Chrissy and Therese had built such a beautiful place for friends to meet and chat – oh, and enjoy lots of sweet treats! We worked together as they passed the business onto us to ensure that all of the unique and wonderful details of the tearooms remained, preserving the true sparkle of G&Tea.

We hope to see you all very soon for a spot of tea and cake xx

Afternoon Tea: A history

A thoroughly proper affair steeped in tradition, afternoon tea is one of Britain's best-loved past-times.
Tea consumption has been popular in this country for centuries but afternoon tea became popular in the 7th century when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedforshire, complained of becoming hungry in the afternoon before dinner. Her solution was a pot of tea and a light snack - first alone and, later, joined by friends. Other esteemed ladies in society picked up on Anna's tradition and before long all of high society was taking afternoon tea.
As the tradition grew more popular, it became split into 'low' or 'high' afternoon tea. The upper classes would have a low afternoon tea around 4 o'clock, before their pre-dinner stroll, while middle classes would have a more substantial tea around 5 o'clock in place of their dinner.
The tradition has grown increasingly popular and elaborate, with the additions of plentiful cakes, scones and macaroons to every discerning afternoon tea tower. A proper afternoon tea is less of a daily occurrence now and more of a luxury, but a tradition that tourists travel for from the world over - and one we certainly hope will never fade.