When you purchase a genuine homemade Cream Tea from Lucy’s, all ingredients are sourced locally where possible with no additives or preservatives in the products. The cream comes from a herd of particularly content Jersey cows who roam freely in the beautiful Dassiehoek Valley, near Robertson.
Lucy launched Lucy’s when she discovered no one in Cape Town was offering a ‘pukka’ Traditional English Cream Tea (Decadent Scones that don’t overpower your plate, homemade jam with no lumps which you know exactly what has gone into it and Clotted Cream as it is made back in the West of England.)
‘I could up sell myself and tell you I’ve been a chef for years. The truth being I studied three dimensional design, which led me to lecture in this field. Technology overtook me and I soon realised I needed to be back working in industry to maintain a high standard of up to date knowledge for lecturing. A career break brought me to South Africa back in 2007 for 6 months and here I am still. I have a passion for design, architecture, cooking, most things outdoors and the finer things in life (some of which happen to be very English) I love to share momentous things with the people around me. Taste a Lucy’s Cream tea and the explanation will be complete.’
The majority of those living in Britain would agree that life without a cuppa would be difficult to imagine. Likewise, it seems quite bizarre that this unique plant from China has become the nation’s favourite drink. Since the eighteenth century the United Kingdom has been one of the largest consumers of tea in the world with the average person drinking on 1.9 kg a year. Chinese tea was introduced to the Coffee Houses in London as far back as 1660.The trend was set amongst English aristocracy by Catherine of Braganza, a lover of tea, the foreign princes and Queen to Charles 11. The fashion soon spread from the elite to the middle class. It became a popular drink in the coffee houses drunk by wealthy businessmen discussing their day’s affairs.
It wasn’t until the early 1800s that Anna, 7th, Duchess of Bedford is reputed to have discovered the notion of afternoon tea. A solution for hunger between lunch and dinner. Sometime earlier the Earl of Sandwich discovered the appreciation of adding a filling to two slices of bread and the sandwich was born. These habits soon became a reason for social gatherings and started a trend that is still very much part of British life.
As tea became more popular, it became an essential part of people’s entertainment outside the home. An evening in Vauxhall gardens watching fireworks would be rounded off by serving tea. Before long Tea Gardens opened all over the country at weekends.
People are often confused with the terminology of Afternoon Tea. A ‘Cream Tea’ tends to consist of scones with jam and cream served with a cup of tea. Whereas ‘Afternoon Tea’ is a little more substantial with the add on of sandwiches and cakes to ‘The Cream Tea.’
Overseas visitors tend to refer to the British Afternoon Tea as ‘High Tea’. Traditionally this term signifies an entirely different meal, generally comprising of more savoury foods and altogether a more hearty meal. High Tea or Tea became a term used by the working and farming communities as their main meal of the day was a combination of the delicate afternoon meal enjoyed in the ladies’ drawing rooms and the dinner enjoyed in houses of gentry at seven or eight in the evening. Hotels such as The Ritz in London advertise ‘High Tea in London’ due to its popularity with tourists.
Royal Tea is less widely used, but refers to a traditional ‘Afternoon Tea’ with a glass of champagne.