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Afternoon tea is a swizz

Curling sandwiches, dry scones, an eye-watering bill… Afternoon tea has a lot to answer for. Lauren Bravo asks how a weird in-between meal managed to trick its way into becoming a national pastime

As a 30-something woman who’s perpetually at a hen party or baby shower, half my summer social life now revolves around afternoon tea. Once it was beer gardens and taco trucks; now it’s cutting miniature lemon tarts in half while making polite conversation with somebody’s aunt. Even as you read this, probably lounging in the park with a pitcher of Pimm’s, I will be limbering up to debate whether it should be jam or cream first. (The answer? Nobody really cares.) As such, I feel qualified to say it: afternoon tea is a swizz.

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Our August issue will ensure you get the most out of summer: there’s our garden party guide (it involves pizzas), food to keep you cool, brilliant BBQ dishes and sunny Mediterranean recipes. Star chefs John Whaite, Theo Randall and David Gingell are on hand to help and you can win a holiday to Jamaica! Plus you can join Delia in celebrating 50 years of food writing – it’ll be a historic night of food and chat. Get delicious. now for the best summer ever…