Let me put this terminology question to rest.
In England -
Tea with or without small light sandwiches, followed by one or more varieties of sweet treats.
|buttered toasted tea ca|
Tea and scones (more like a slightly sweet American breakfast biscuit - not the American version of large sweet cookie-like cakes) served with
heavy, thick sweet cream and fruit, or clotted cream popular in the
West country, and jam. There is even debate there, between Cornwall and Devonshire as to whether the cream goes on first or on top of the jam.
High tea or sometimes called "meat tea":
|individual pork pie|
In USA, it would be called "supper".
I wonder if this might have been a misnomer started and perpetuated by shops that believe they can charge more for afternoon tea by advertising it with the grand title of "high" tea.
So you can have anything you want to eat with your tea, and call it what you want, but I thought I'd let you know what English Tea meals ...and don't get me started on whether it's milk in first or last! That's a whole other argument!!!
Now it's after 3:30 and I'm dying for a cup of tea.