- "Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment." ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea” ~ Henry James
P.G. Wodehouse, The Amazing Hat Mystery ~ "...what I feel we ought to do at this juncture is to dash off somewhere where it's quiet and there aren't so many houses dancing the 'Blue Danube' and shove some tea into ourselves. And over the pot and muffins I shall have something very important to say to you."
The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured cosiness.