If serving tea for a group it is worth brewing a pot. Loose leaf tea will taste best. A second pot of hot water should be provided to dilute over-brewed tea if necessary. If a waiter places a teapot on the table without pouring the tea the person nearest the pot should pour for everyone.

If the teapot contains loose tea, pour through a tea strainer. Add the milk or lemon and sugar. After stirring, remove the spoon from the cup and place it on the saucer. Hold the handle of the teacup between your thumb and forefinger; don’t hold your little finger in the air.

Don’t dunk biscuits in your tea unless in an informal setting, and don’t slurp – even if it is piping hot.

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