Cuppa history – by George

TO celebrate St George s Day, tea lovers are being given the chance to learn about the history of their typically English brew. Local food historian, chef and writer, Alison Sloan, will be tackling the subject in The History of Afternoon Tea on Tuesday,

TO celebrate St George's Day, tea lovers are being given the chance to learn about the history of their typically English brew.

Local food historian, chef and writer, Alison Sloan, will be tackling the subject in The History of Afternoon Tea on Tuesday, April 24, between 2pm and 4pm at Oliver Cromwell's House in Ely.

A limited number of spaces are still available for visitors to hear how afternoon tea became an institution so closely associated with the English. Following the talk a selection of mouth-watering cakes and savouries will be made to be eaten by the audience.

Tracey Harding, tourism and events officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "I can't think of a better way to celebrate St George's Day than having a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake while hearing how afternoon tea became so important to the English. Learning where we come from and the traditions which make us who we are, is an interesting and rewarding process, especially when at the end of this lecture you get to eat what you have just heard about."

INFO: Seats at the lecture must be pre-booked as places are very limited. The price is £10 per person and you can book your place by contacting the Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062.