Biscuit dunking, etiquette and style
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While modern day dunking has its origins in 16th century naval history, it wasn't until the 19th century and the emergence of afternoon tea in the early Victorian era that Britain began to regard biscuits as something dunked in tea; a British custom that was later exported around the globe. Different cultures have different attitudes toward biscuit dunking. Historically in British high society, dunking was frowned upon and generally seen as children's or working class' fashion. Opinion has changed over the years, with one themed tea room outlawing dunking on its premises as an example of out-dated etiquette while the Michelin starred English restaurateur Heston Blumenthal publicly advocates the act.
An eccentric tea shop owner is causing a stir by barring customers who dunk biscuits, clang their spoons or use mobile phones. David Daly warns customers they will be asked to leave his Brighton tea shop if they stray from his code of etiquette.
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