Bermuda Afternoon Tea

 
The old British tradition of having afternoon tea with cakes and pastries still prevails in Bermuda. If you visit the island and observe closely, you will see that almost all Bermudians are habitual drinkers of afternoon tea. Between 3 to 5pm, whether in work or leisure, you will find a Bermudian craving for a cup of tea. And there are many restaurants in Bermuda that serve afternoon tea to keep up with this long tradition. Some do it better than the others. Listed below are our favorites. Whenever we are in the island and looking for afternoon tea, we would choose one of the below hotels or restaurants. 
 
Heritage Court is a restaurant located inside the luxury hotel Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Hamilton City. It has received recognition from the New York Times for the elegant and elaborate afternoon tea that it serves between 2:30p.m to 5p.m.  
 
You will get sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream and sweet pastries with a pot of English tea. From the British silver tea sets and Belgian fine china to Italian fine woven linens, sofas & wing-backed chairs, the afternoon tea here spells of elegance and luxury. Remember that this is part of a luxury hotel, so prices would be high. But this in my view is the best afternoon tea in Bermuda today. 
 
This cafe is located at the Botanical Gardens in Paget and provides an excellent relaxed ambience amongst the nature. During the summer months, you can have your afternoon tea in the open terrace area under the Lily Pergola. A pathway leads to a lovely rose garden. The traditional afternoon tea is offered on certain days of the week (Thursdays and Saturdays) and served on china tea pot & cups. The afternoon tea here also entitles you free entry to the adjacent Masterworks Art Museum & Gallery. 
 
 
 
Sweet P 
A tea room has come up in St. George (in Feb 2012) at the grounds of Stewart Hall with a nice garden setting. This is where the popular Bermuda Perfumery is also located. Other than traditional tea, they serve lots of innovative and yummy snack items like miniature brioches, chicken coronation sandwiches, rum babas, brioche pastry soaked in rum syrup, miniature cakes, scones, other pastries, finger sandwiches etc. All these are prepared using fresh local ingredients. 
 
So if you plan for a walking Tour of St. George in the morning, then in the afternoon you can walk down to Sweet P and have a high tea for your lunch in a lush outdoor garden setting (they can also arrange for indoor seating). You get an opportunity to scan the perfumery as well. Sweet P is located on Queen Street at Stewart Hall premises. Tea Hours: 1:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; Reservation recommended. Phone: (441)705-2390; Email sweetpbermuda@hotmail.com 
 
Located at Elbow Beach Hotel in Paget Parish, you can get a great view of the south shore from the Veranda Lounge. They serve afternoon tea from 3pm to 5pm in a typical English style. It comes on a tiered tray complete with exquisite tea sandwiches and tea cakes. Update February 2014: They no longer serve afternoon tea. 
 
Located in Waterloo House Hotel, this restaurant has a wonderful view of the Hamilton Harbor. They serve afternoon tea here. So you get a great view as you have your tea. 
Update: Waterloo House has closed down. 
 
Located below the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton Parish, this tea room has been our all time favorite for afternoon tea. They serve full English afternoon tea complete with Devonshire cream and homemade scones. The owner Heidi Cowen does all the baking. Update: Lighthouse Tearoom has closed down. 
 
If you are at the dockyard in the afternoon, you can have tea at this small & casual restaurant located at the western end of clocktower mall. 
Update: Beethovens has closed down. 
 
 
 
Other places serving afternoon tea 
1) AS Coopers on Front Street (Hamilton City) offers tea at their balcony restaurant upstairs. 
2) Rock Island (48 Reid St. Hamilton): Although this is a coffee shop, it serves nice tea as well. 
3) Jasmine restaurant at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel. Note: except for the guests staying in the Gold Floors or the Fairmont Club Members, there is no longer any complimentary tea in the Fairmont hotels. 
 
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