Courses are served in threetier stands and eaten in the order of savouries and tea sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and sweets.
Pick up your cup and saucer together—holding the saucer in one hand and cup in the other. While you’re to hold on to the cup with all fingers except the fifth (no raised pinkies, please), never grasp the bowl of the cup with one’s hand.
After stirring (one must not swirl), place your spoon quietly on the saucer behind the cup, on the right hand side under the handle.
The custom for the nobility was to tear the scones open—not slice. Whether jam goes on first (Cornish-style), or cream first then jam on top (Devon-style), we leave that up to you.
Royale Tea is a social tea served with champagne at the beginning, or sherry at the end.