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How To Enjoy Your Afternoon Tea Like Queen Victoria

Afternoon tea was likely started by the royal ladies of the bedchamber.
IMAGE COURTESY OF RAFFLES MAKATI
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It is a little-known fact that the concept of afternoon tea started during Queen Victoria’s reign. What’s more, the tradition might have been made popular by the second longest reigning British monarch but she got the idea from her own lady-in-waiting. According to legend, Anna Maria Stanhope, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies of the bedchamber, would be a tad bit hungry in the time between lunch and supper. The Duchess of Bedford would request bread and butter, biscuits and cakes, with her tea of choice and then invite her friends to the dressing room. Soon, Queen Victoria got wind of the afternoon activity and the rest, as they say, is history.


If you fancy yourself a royal-inspired afternoon, Raffles Makati offers a Royal Afternoon Tea from August 1 until November 30. Following the Queen Marie Antoinette afternoon tea, the second of the series features Queen Victoria and Victorian era-inspired delicacies. The tea sandwiches include the London Bridge Roll made with crab and cress; Coronation Chicken, first conceived for Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation; vintage cheddar cheese tart; and the age-old classic English tea sandwich with salmon, cream cheese, and dill. The delicious confections include a Victorian sponge cake, a butter cream and raspberry jam-filled cake, named after Queen Victoria herself; vintage flora cookies inspired by charming Victorian design; British-favorite truffle chocolates filled with gin and orange; a traditional lemon tart; a classic toffee cupcake; and the quintessentially British Jammie Dodger, a biscuit made from shortbread with jam filling.

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For an added British experience, Raffles Makati has lined up a set of activities at the Writers Bar to coincide with the Royal Afternoon Tea promotion. Raffles Makati has invited protocol specialist Sheila Viesca of TalkShop to conduct British tea etiquette classes at 3 p.m. on August 20, September 24, and October 29. Fine English goods will also be available through a Bits and Bobs popup store on August 11 to 12, September 15 to 16, and October 20 to 21. The Strawberry Collection of Wedgwood, the official royal supplier of fine china and porcelain, will also be on display at the Writers Bar.

Queen Victoria’s Royal Afternoon Tea is available from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily at P1,150 for two. Add a glass of Champagne at P900 for an extra special treat. 

1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City, [email protected], 795.1840.

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