16.1 A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea
Tea was first introduced to Britain in the 1600s, and since the 18th century it has been one of the largest tea consumers in the world. Today the drinking of tea varies, usually tea drinking is not a delicate and refined cultural expression that some may imagine, it is served in a mug with milk, and occasionally one or two teaspoons of milk, and is sometimes referred to as builders tea. A cup of tea is something that is drunk often and it is not uncommon for up to ten cups of tea to be consumed each day.
The popularity of Afternoon Tea has increased in Britain in recent years, and is attracting a new, and young clientele. Tearooms across Britain are being chosen in favour of the chain coffee houses.
There are no strict rules to what Afternoon Tea consists of but a typical menu may consist of freshly prepared finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and preserves, usually strawberry jam, and a variety of home made cakes, with of course a choice of teas. The ‚Äěcream‚Äú in a Cream Tea refers to the clotted cream. Cream Tea is tea taken with scones, clotted cream and jam.
If you happen to be visiting L√ľneburg, you can have a taste of Birtish Afternoon Tea or have a cream tea in a lovely place called Tea and Music.