Our first at the Cottage . . . in England High Tea is really more of a supper -- if there's sandwiches, they're hearty like ham or chicken and without the crusts cut off. Often a steak and kidney pie or a steak and onion pie is served.
If there are biscuits (cookies) they are hearty as well and not the dainty biscuits (cookies) we associate with tea.
It's called "High Tea" because it is eaten off a high table . . . and the elegant tea in England is called simply "Afternoon Tea" or "Low Tea" (because it is eaten off a low table).
We had an adventuresome day today -- visiting a couple of nearby villages, catching up on home chores and doing a bit of grocery shopping. Lunch was at a pub (chili for Husband Jim and fish and chips for me -- real pub food) and so instead of dinner we decided to do a High Tea.
Alas, I'm not cooking that much but I was able to do a fairly nice tea on things that we bought on our travels today.
Scones and real clotted cream . . . (imagine buying it at the market -- right next to the heavy cream and for only 80 p for a container about the size of Yoplait yogurt)
A steak and onion pie -- bought at the market -- it only needs reheating!
The tea -- traditional P G Tipps -- my favorite English tea. The dishes -- what came with the cottage but white with gold trim is almost as good as blue and white (a set of which resides in the locked cupboard -- sigh!)
It was a lovely meal -- we then walked down to the pub at the other end of the village. A perfect end to a perfect day.
It is Tuesday and Tea Party Day so I'm sharing my First Real English Tea with:
Tabletop Tuesday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life
Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations
Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites
Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air
Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor
Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage