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Tea time

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Tea time, u hora del té, es un hábito británico que generalmente acontece entre las 5 y 6 de la tarde en invierno y entre las 7 y 8 en verano. No es exclusivamente una hora de tomar , sino más bien consiste en la cena, que generalmente se prepara al llegar del trabajo entre las 7 y las 8 de la tarde, para después ver la televisión o disponer de suficiente tiempo libre para otras actividades.

Tea break [editar]

El tea break es un pequeño descanso durante las horas de trabajo consistente en 15 minutos, en el cual se suele tomar un buen tazón de té o café y un sándwich. En una jornada de trabajo suele haber 1 tea time y 2 tea breaks.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 3pm and 5pm. The custom of drinking tea originated in England when Catherine of Braganza married Charles II in 1661 and brought the practice of drinking tea in the afternoon with her from Portugal.[citation needed] Various places that belonged to the former British Empire also have such a meal. However, changes in social customs and working hours mean that most Britons will rarely take afternoon tea, if at all.

Traditionally, loose tea is brewed in a teapot and served in teacups with milk and sugar. This is accompanied by sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam, see cream tea) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). The food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread.[1][2][3]

A formal afternoon tea is, nowadays, usually taken as a treat in a hotel, café or tea shop. In everyday life, many British take a much simpler refreshment consisting of tea and biscuits at teatime.

While living in Woburn Abbey, Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is credited as the first person to have transformed afternoon tea in England into a late-afternoon meal rather than a simple refreshment.[4]

Isabella Beeton describes afternoon teas of various kinds: the old-fashioned tea, the at-home tea, the family tea and the high tea and provides menus.[5]

[edit] High tea

High tea (also known as meat tea[6]) is an early evening meal, typically eaten between 5pm and 6pm. It is now largely followed by a later lighter evening meal.

High Tea would usually consist of cold meats, eggs or fish, cakes and sandwiches.

On farms or other working class environments, high tea would be the traditional, substantial meal eaten by the workers immediately after nightfall, and would combine afternoon tea with the main evening meal. See also The UK Tea Council Definition.

In recent years, high tea has become a term for elaborate afternoon tea, though this is American usage and mainly unrecognised in Britain. This usage is disfavoured by etiquette advisors, such as Miss Manners (see United States below).

[edit] Other uses

In many parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, tea is used to mean the main evening meal.

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