🇬🇧 A traditional English Afternoon Tea 傳統的英式下午茶 🇬🇧
Let’s take a little walk around the grounds first. From the entrance, we walk down the driveway alongside the river. The hotel is on the other side. I think in the summer this should be a very pleasant stroll under the blue skies, over the bridge and just wandering around the massive garden, or maybe having tea outside.
我們沿著河邊窄窄的車道走着。 大宅就在小河的另外一邊。 我覺得夏天在這裏散步應該很舒服，藍藍天空，小橋流水，翠綠的花園，或者在戶外享用下午茶會更寫意。
Let’s go inside the hotel now.
A real wood fire welcomes us from the cold, and we sit in the hall while we wait to be shown to our table.
Or you can play a game of chess while you wait.
The hotel is quite old and has many small dining rooms, each with its own character.
This is our dining room. I love the colour scheme, yellow walls with fushia curtains and cushions. It turns out I wore a matching outfit that day!!!
There were 7 of us, and they put 3 little tables together for us. I think this was much more cosier than sitting around one large table.
Here’s the menu. Its a traditional English afternoon tea, scones, pastries and sandwiches, and a choice of tea or coffee. By the way, don’t confuse afternoon tea with high tea. In the old days, afternoon is what the aristocrats have in the afternoon, and high tea is what the labour workers have after a long day at work.
這個是今天傳統的英式下午茶的餐單。有司康餅，各式各樣的甜點及三文治，還有一系列的茶及咖啡可供選擇。 傳統的英式下午茶是afternoon tea而不是high tea ，兩者很不同。 Afternoon tea 是英國貴族午餐與晚餐之間享用的輕食，high tea 是勞工大眾辛苦工作一天後回家吃的。
Here’s our afternoon tea. Yummy!! The traditional way to enjoy afternoon tea is to start with the mild flavour food and then move to the sweets, so scones first, finger sandwich and then the sweet pastries.
我的下午茶是不是很誘人呢! ! 享用下午茶應該從口味較淡的司康餅開始，然後吃三文治，最後才吃甜點。
There are two views on how to eat scone, whether its jam first or cream first. There is no right answer to this as it depends on whether you eat it the Devon way (cream first then jam) or Cornish way (jam first then cream). Normally I eat it the Cornish way as I like to pile a lot of cream on my scone. This is the Devon way as it looks nice in a photo!
一直以來，吃司康餅正確的方法都有爭議， 究竟是先搽奶油還是果醬。 這完全視乎你是德雲派(先奶油後果醬)還是康沃爾派(先果醬後奶油)。 通常我是康沃爾派因為我喜歡搽一層厚厚的奶油在司康餅上。這次吃德雲方法純粹是因為拍照較美觀。
Another debate for afternoon tea is whether you pour the milk or the tea in the cup first. Aristocrats who drank tea using good quality bone china would pour tea first, and then add milk depending on how strong they like their tea. The manual labourers would use poorer quality cups which couldn’t withstanding hot tea very well. They would pour cold milk in their cups first, and then tea.
Now that I’ve shared some trivia about traditional English afternoon tea, I’m going to have a cuppa and dig into this yummy looking apple tart.