The Origins of High Tea also know as "Meat tea"
High tea is properly served around 4.00pm although in the 1700's could be between 5 and 6 within the working classes. Afternoon tea became fashionable in the early 19th century, thanks to Anne Maria Russell or Catherine of Braganza depending on your historical beliefs. It was never intended to replace dinner but rather to fill in the long gap between lunch and dinner at a time when dinner was served at 8pm. Lifestyles have changed since although afternoon tea is still every bit as delightful at Saltcote Place.
What is a traditional High Tea
High tea typically consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam. Occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham salad. If you wish to adapt this please be our guest, convention has its place but so do free spirits.
The Saltcote Rye High Tea - Exclusive to you
Gather around someone special, perhaps a birthday or to celebrate an anniversary and bring upto 30 friends, we promise to spoil you and your guests, arrive at 3pm to a drinks reception with warm nibbles. Roaring fires welcome you in the Winter and delightful gardens with amazing views in the summer.
The Saltcote Place high tea content
Where possible we source local clotted cream, local scones, local strawberries and conserve in preference to jam (pips under the plate are to be avoided where possible). Fresh rocket and lettuce adorn the home style crockery which many will recognise from the 1970's; at Saltcote we avoid where possible the "Same old" crockery and cutlery you find in countless hotels and tea rooms.
We only offer High Tea by prior arrangement, and whilst we are happy to receive the initial enquiry by email it is always nice to have a chat and get the details perfect whenever possible.
Do give us a call and on 01797 222220
We have an extensive range we are flexible should you have particular preferences.
If any of your guests have special dietary needs please let us know well in advance.
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There is plenty of free Parking at Saltcote, we have a document you can share with your guests to ensure they can locate us in good time. If you are celebrating a special event and want specific arrangements please do give us a call as we really enjoy helping you achieve what you intend.
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We create the setting for you and your guests to enjoy yourselves and give you the time you may need to have your speeches etc.