the popular Brit pastime
Most people refer to afternoon tea as high tea because they think it sounds regal and lofty, when actually high tea or "meat tea" is traditionally part of a British dinner.
High tea is an early evening meal that runs between 5pm and 7pm. Later in the evening, people enjoy a lighter second meal.
High tea was traditionally served to laborers and miners of the working class as an evening meal for when they returned home from a hard days work. The workers were served a hefty meal in the main dining area at the high table as opposed to a low table in the parlor where the afternoon tea was served.
The middle and upper class adopted the high tea for their children to enjoy sandwiches and cakes in smaller portions rather than heavy meals. Eventually the parents took on the early meal for themselves, making the tradition common in all families across England.
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