Episode 2: Afternoon Tea Hamper
First introduced to Britain as a gift from The East India Company to King Charles II in 1664, tea has inspired pioneers, built nations, had its value compared to gold and has been a favourite beverage for many. But it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that the act of ‘afternoon tea’ became de rigueur, and all of high society was enjoying the convivial and refreshing afternoon repast.
When Anne Trenchard joined the Duchess of Bedford for her famed afternoon tea, only the finest leaves would have been brewed. Perhaps it was the delicious tea that was responsible for encouraging the candid discussions between Anne and the Duchesses of Richmond and Brockenhurst, on that fateful day in Belgravia?
You could be enjoying an afternoon tea of mouth-watering treats with your friends if you enter our prize draw to win a fabulous East India Company Afternoon Tea Hamper (terms & conditions apply, entries close 11:59pm 19 May 2016).