I’ve heard that if the tea is brewed in a pot, milk goes first. If you’re steeping the tea in your cup, milk goes second.
Afternoon tea service is a great British tradition that’s laced with rules. For those of us who didn’t grow up with a spot of as part of their regular schedule, it can certainly get confusing. Luckily, few know their tea etiquette better than Jeremy Goring, owner of London’s The Goring hotel near Buckingham Palace, and the hotel’s manager, Stuart Geddes. The Goring is not only a favorite of Her Majesty’s for tea and cucumber sandwiches, but also holder of the Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea award.