Tudor servants in rural houses

It was not unknown for older children of relatives and close friends to have been taken in as "working guests" during the Tudor period. These guests would have been sent to learn to run a household. They were not considered as inferior, but were expected to carry out tasks within the household.
When I was reading for my degree, I am sure that I read somewhere that it was expected that these older children would have been allowed to eat at the families table, but as a mark of respect and with deference to their position as privileged servants, they were expected to stand at the table to eat, which also facilitated them in serving the meal to the adults sat at table.

I have scoured all my notes and bookshelves but cannot find the reference I am sure I first saw it.

Am I right in thinking this, or am I having a senior moment?

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