Elevenses, a cheeky cuppa, high tea, cream tea, proper tea, builder’s tea, afternoon tea… With so many terms attached to the act of drinking tea, it can get confusing for an Anglophile to navigate! Here’s how to enjoy your tea like the British and Irish, no matter what time of day:
Builder’s tea: This is a colloquial term for a cup of tea, brewed strongly, served in a mug, and milky with sugar. It’s one of my favorite ways to drink tea! Jolly Posh even carries a brand of English tea called “Make Mine A Builder’s!” Brilliant.
Elevenses: A midmorning snack, usually tea with a slice of cake. As the name belies, it is often served on or around 11AM.
Afternoon tea: Afternoon tea is a wide category that can take on many forms. Most commonly it’s a snack served between 4-6pm, with plenty of tea, sometimes sandwiches, and usually a pastry or at least some biscuits! Afternoon tea can range from the humble biscuit alongside a cuppa, to an elaborate affair with fancy silver and china.
Cream tea: A type of afternoon tea that consists of tea, scones, clotted cream and jam. Clotted cream is thick and delicious and essential to a proper cream tea. We like this brand; straight from Devon.
Jolly Posh’s Proper Afternoon Tea: Can we be a bit biased and say that Jolly Posh’s Proper Afternoon Tea is our favourite? Cozy and friendly without being stuffy, a Jolly Posh Proper Afternoon Tea consists of clotted cream, jam, delicious finger sandwiches, gorgeous hot raisin scones, French pastries, and of course all the tea you can drink! We like to think it’s a real bit of British and Irish culture, tucked away in the middle of Chicago. Come by our new location starting June 3 for an elevenses or a proper tea. We can guarantee you’ll be well chuffed!