High Tea


"At the Cat’s Meow we think that anytime is fabulous for some tea and delightful treats"


High Tea has its origins in 19th century England. Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford (who was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria) is credited with creating the tradition to overcome that “sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. At the time, it was usual for people to only partake in two meals – breakfast and dinner at approximately 8pm. To overcome her grumbling stomach, the Duchess began to enjoy ‘afternoon tea’ which originally consisted of a pot of tea and a light snack, served in her private rooms during the afternoon.

The Duchess found this new meal so satisfying the she started to invite friends to join her, and the trend was quickly picked up by other social hostesses. The practice eventually became respectable enough to move to the drawing rooms. The simple platefuls of bread and butter that accompanied the first afternoon tea soon developed into much more elaborate selections of sandwiches, scones, muffins, cakes, biscuits, gateaux and fruit desserts.

Traditionally the upper classes would serve a ‘low’ or ‘afternoon’ tea at around 4pm, just before a fashionable promenade along Hyde Park. The middle or lower classes would serve a more substantial ‘high’ tea later in day at 5 – 6pm, instead of an evening meal. The reference to ‘high’ tea was to the height of the table used to serve the tea, which was usually the dinner table.

At the Cat’s Meow we think that anytime is fabulous for some tea and delightful treats, and invite you to either join us in-house, and allow us to bring our services to your special location. We have an extensive range of teas to accompany our special treats. We cater for special dietary requirements so everyone can enjoy this special event.

All high teas will be served on our gorgeous vintage china – so best practice keeping your pinkies up high (or is it in?)

Please follow the link below to our current high tea menu offerings.

As with all things at the Cat's Meow – we strive to make your experience special so please let us know if you have any particular requirements, particularly if you are celebrating a special event. We would love to help you make your event a success.


If you would like to download our High Tea Menu then CLICK HERE.