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Old 06-04-2004, 01:42 PM   #1
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English Tea time

I'm working on a script and I need to know what british tea times are...how common are they...stuff like that.
Maybe even in the old traditional sense.
Can anyone help me out?
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Old 06-04-2004, 03:43 PM   #2
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always thought it was 2pm meself.
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Old 06-04-2004, 04:51 PM   #4
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There are tons of pages around on Victorian teas, but I don't think many people really do formal afternoon tea anymore (unless they do and just don't invite me... ), except in tea rooms and to make tourists happy. I think hotels and places like that do tea generally serve it in the late afternoon (like 3-5pm), but I've never stayed in a hotel here, so I'm not positive about that. My fiance's family calls dinner "tea," even though none of them even drink tea at any time of day.
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tea time is whenever you want an excuse to eat. Tea is often not involved at all...
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http://allsands.com/Food/afternoonenglis_twb_gn.htm
http://entertaining.about.com/cs/cof...a/teaparty.htm

There you go.

Someone who's actually English (or maybe one of the Welsh, Scottish, or Northern Ireland -ers -- I actually had tea in Northern Ireland!) will probably know more.
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Originally posted by meegannie
There are tons of pages around on Victorian teas, but I don't think many people really do formal afternoon tea anymore (unless they do and just don't invite me... ), except in tea rooms and to make tourists happy. I think hotels and places like that do tea generally serve it in the late afternoon (like 3-5pm), but I've never stayed in a hotel here, so I'm not positive about that. My fiance's family calls dinner "tea," even though none of them even drink tea at any time of day.
Thanks a bunch. Those sites help out a lot. I hope you get invited to more tea parties...in hotels or otherwise.
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