High Tea Etiquette

Apr 12th, 2000, 09:47 AM
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Now it may well be B******s that only the lower classes put milk in first; but it is an established class thing. I think it appears in "U and non-U" Certainly I know the expression "MIF" to mean just that.
Apr 12th, 2000, 10:10 AM
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I am one of those who 'discovered' clotted cream late in life. I have never experienced tea in Harrod's or any hotels in UK, but British Airways serves 'afternoon tea' during the flight from London to Chicago (Flt 297). I have had clotted cream several times in the flight without knowing what I was eating. Individually, they don't taste good, but after I 'learned' how to 'put together' correctly from a passenger (Brit?) sitting next to my seat, I discovered it is very tasty. The last time I had it (about two weeks ago in the same flight), my teenage daughter was with me and asked me about the contents (nutritional) of the clotted cream. Her contention was, 'if it is so good, it must be loaded with fat and high calories.' Does anyone know how much fat/calorie it contains? I don't want to hijack this 'tea discussion', but I am curious about the fat contents.
Apr 12th, 2000, 10:37 AM
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I've heard the same thing as Caitlin, regarding the "milk in first" situation - years ago, fine bone china was extremely thin (for lack of a better word) and that the hot tea would crack it. Enjoy your trip, Marlo.
Apr 12th, 2000, 11:31 AM
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Tom, clotted cream contains 55% fat, compared to 35% for whipping cream.

Apr 12th, 2000, 02:34 PM
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I went looking for the answer to the MIF mystery.

Check this out

Apr 12th, 2000, 03:06 PM
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regarding catching the waitperson's eye at a classy tea shop, I think the previus is incorrect.

13. If you run out of tea, don't bang your cup on the table to signal for more.
Discreetly signal the waiter/waitress with a small motion of your left
forefinger. (Use of the middle finger has no status in refined tea emporiums. It
just isn't done.)

I had better results using my fore and middle fingers extended with the palm of my hand towards me. My bill was presented promptly and they even helped me on with my coat.
Apr 13th, 2000, 08:26 AM
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To Beth from Chicago
I had tea a few years ago at the Four Seasons on Michigan Ave. It was one of the best ever. Have fun trying it out. They have lemon curd which is a real treat and for me a measure of how good the high tea experience is!
Apr 14th, 2000, 03:09 PM
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Diane -

Thanks for that tip. I'm going to take a walk next week and give the Four Seasons a try. No one should notice my absense from my desk for an hour or two!

Jun 10th, 2000, 07:18 AM
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topping for Lu B
Jun 11th, 2000, 03:33 AM
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Sheila..thanks for 'topping'! This thread was interesting and helpful! ~~~Lu
Apr 15th, 2012, 01:15 PM
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Everything you ever wanted to know about clotted cream....and then some:


shall we have the "cream first or jam first" debate again?
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Apr 15th, 2012, 01:18 PM
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PS - the cornish garden we visited today actually produces tea - the only place in the UK [adn possibly europe] to do so.


were any of you offered this "english" tea anywhere? it's vey expensive, so would go well at Harrod's and fortnum's i should think.
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This is a 12 year old thread that Denese found and topped.
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Tea is also grown on San Miguel in the Azores.
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OMG!! A blast from the past!

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