Post by Geoff Miller Post by Pete Fraser
Surely you mean tea!
Tea is dinner/supper?
I always had the impression that it was sort of a combined,
late-afternoon "coffee break" and snack time, to tide one
over until the actual evening meal later on.
Then there's *high* tea, which I first heard of in the
context of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. Isn't
that what we colonials would call "brunch?"
Okay, let's get this right for the books.
Afternoon tea is the tea-with-scones mid-day snack served around 3PM.
Think scones, cucumber sandwiches, ladies with gloves.
High tea is a more substantial meal, usual tea with a meat or fish,
usually served later in the day--6PM or so. "High" refers to service on
the main table of the house, not a level of formality.
Brunch is a meal in place of lunch or breakfast, served anytime between
about 10AM and 1PM. I would not call it synonymous with high tea.
The Empress uses the correct British usage of afternoon tea. See
ObTea: Tea at the Hotel Vancouver, in the late CP days (late 1990s) was
served in the main bar, and provided an opportunity to people watch.
It's now served in the 900 West Lounge, which is quieter but not nearly
as interesting (the view, not the food, which is fine.)
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