We take a look into the history of high teas and we were surprised to learn that although cream teas were introduced to England by the Duchess of Devonshire in 1840, drinking tea began in France earlier than that. Louis 14th of France drank tea in the mid 1700's to relieve his gout. In those days tea was drunk as a medicine.
A possible explanation why this type of meal was called high tea is the fact that it was eaten at a table. In comparison, Afternoon Tea was taken whilst seating in low, comfortable chairs or sofas. Of course, soon after, the upper classes developed their own variation and also called it 'high tea'.
Here at Paris For The Weekend, Kaiapoi, located 20 minutes out of Christchurch CBD, we do a wide range of high teas for all different special occasions.
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