The tradition of afternoon tea began in England in 1840 by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. The evening meal is often served later in the evening among society, and she found she became peckish in the afternoon, asking for tea, bread, butter and cake to be sent to her rooms. Anna soon began inviting friends to join her, and this pause for tea became a fashionable social event with ladies changing into fancy gowns, donning gloves and snacking on scones and finger sandwiches. While tea had been consumed en mass in England since the mid 1600’s, we have Anna to thank for adding the flair of food.
Tea time is so quintessentially British, and being an island in the British West Indies, we take this very seriously indeed. The Meridian Club has always offered a self service tea selection and cookie jar in the afternoons in the main clubhouse. However, new this year, is a Tea for Two service delivered to your room which includes a 6 cup pot of tea, freshly baked cookies, scones, butter & jam. There is no need to retire to the drawing room, or don your fancy duds, as this tea service is perfectly private yet elegant – you will feel like royalty indeed.