I am often asked what to do with a serviette if a person has to leave the table for a few minutes. There are two acceptable places to put the used serviette – one is on your chair – either on the seat of the chair or the back of the chair and the other is to fold it so that the food stains are not showing and to put it on the left hand side of your plate. I favour the second option as chairs are not really hygienic and you don’t want to wipe your mouth with a serviette that has been on a non-hygienic surface. However, people who prefer to put it on their chair say that it is not polite to put a used serviette on the table while other people are eating. So you can take your pick as to what to do with your serviette – both are correct.
Most of us love Devonshire tea but may not know the correct way to prepare and eat scones.
The scone can either be cut in half with a knife or broken in half. Both are acceptable.
Then you take some jam and some cream from the bowls that are in the middle of the table using the spoon that is in each bowl and place a small amount of each at the side of your plate.
With your knife you put some jam and some cream on one half of the scone. It is correct to either put the jam first or the cream first.