Bermuda Afternoon Tea
The old British tradition of having afternoon tea with cakes, pastries and cookies 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, a Bermudian would be craving for a cup of tea. There are several restaurants and cafes in Bermuda that serve afternoon tea to keep up with this long tradition. Some do it better than the others in terms of the ambience they provide, selections of tea, savories and sweets they serve and the presentation.
Top Places for Afternoon Tea
Conservatory (Category: $$$)
This is an elegant yet relaxed lounge & bar located at the great manor house and to the right of the reception of the hotel Rosewood Bermuda
in Hamilton Parish. With teak beams on the ceiling, twin fireplace and hand painted floor, comfy sofas with cushions, the lounge has a grand British vibe.
Conservatory at Rosewood
Photo: Rosewood Bermuda
The lounge extends to an atrium courtyard with retractable roof and lovely views of Castle Harbor... it's an ideal place to have tea and enjoy the views. During the day time, they serve excellent afternoon tea at Conservatory (loose tea in teapot) and you can choose from various types of tea in the menu such as des lords earl grey, chai black tea, sencha ariake green tea, jasmine green, rooibos vahines (caffeine free), mint herbal the du hammam etc.
Afternoon tea at Conservatory, Rosewood
Photo: Rosewood Bermuda
And of course the tea is accompanied with a great platter of savories & sweets. The finger sandwiches offered includes crab, house smoked salmon, cucumber, cream cheese, beetroot, tuckers farm goat cheese, roast beef and horseradish. Then there are cornets served (essentially mini ice cream cones) and the fillings include quiche lorraine, the premiers chicken salad, mango almond curry, local yellowfin tuna tartar, hummus and crudities. And there are freshly baked scones, strawberry tarts, Bermuda loquat jam, clotted cream etc.
Price: $48 per person. Gratuity extra.
Open Hours: Monday - Thursday 3pm to close; Friday - Sunday 1pm to close.
Address: Rosewood, 60 Tucker's Point Drive, Hamilton Parish. Phone: +1 441 298-4013
Crown & Anchor (Category: $$$$)
This is a wonderful restaurant & bar with an adjoining open terrace and located at the Hamilton Princes & Beach Club
in Hamilton City. With hardwood finishing and aristocratic decor it reflects an aura of a traditional and upscale island lounge. There is a new adjoining terrace, an open sitting area in a landscaped garden setting with lovely view of the marina.
Crown & Anchor Veranda
While most guests come here for great signature cocktails and comfort food, Crown & Anchor has earned its name for superb traditional afternoon tea. And if you happen to be a cigar lover, then go out to the terrace and take a table, and enjoy your cigar while sipping the finest quality tea served here (you can buy cigars here at the bar counter).
There is a range of tea selections... if you like floral flavor, try out the Royal Bermuda Rose Tea... it is layered five times with rose petals, or the Coral Lili Bermuda Tea... it's a fusion of clementine, freesia, nectar of rose and ginger. In earthy flavor you get a choice of Imperial English Breakfast Tea (with burgundy depth and malt highlights) and Somers Lili Bermuda (Warm sandlewood, vanilla, bergamot and patchouli). And there are fruity flavors too as well as ice tea with different flavors.
The assorted finger sandwiches include Crab Salad and Cucumber whole wheat bread, Tartine Sundried Tomato and Brie Baguette, Hearthstone Ham Served on rye bread with onion chutney, and Confit Rosemary Chicken. Sweet selections include Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake, Haitian Mousse Cake, Sea Salt Caramel Eclairs, Passionfruit Tartlet, Lemon & Raspberry Bars, Plain and Chocolate Scones, Bermuda loquat and raspberry jam, clotted cream etc. The savories and sweets are served in a 3-tiered exquisite silver stand.
Price: $55 per person (additional $20 with champagne). 17% gratuity extra.
Open Hours (for afternoon tea): Saturday & Sunday, 3pm – 5pm (reservations required)
Address: Hamilton Princess, 76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton City, Bermuda.
Jasmine Lounge (Category: $$$)
This is an excellent lounge and a cocktail bar located at Fairmont Southampton Hotel
. The ambience is inviting with impressive collection of books in the shelves... you can choose the plush sofas next to the fireplace or take a table in the outside balcony that overlooks the wonderful south shore.
The tea served is a Lot 35 Premium tea with a selection of flavors such as Imperial Breakfast, Creamy Earl Grey, 1907 Orange Pekoe (bold, bright, brisk and lively tea), Organic Jasmine Green Tea, Kyushu Japan Sencha (Japanese Green Tea), Organic Oolong Tea and more.
In finger sandwiches the varieties include Smoked Salmon Dome, Cucumber & Boursin Parcel, Cajun Chicken in Mini Brioche, Sesame Basket, Beef Bresaola with Pimento Peppers & Chive Cream Cheese. The selection of sweets include Raspberry Profiterole, Opera, Strawberry Tart, Blueberry Scones, Coconut Pineapple (White Chocolate).
Price: $31 per person. 17% gratuity is added extra.
Open Hours (afternoon tea): Daily 3pm to 5pm. Reservations not required.
Address: Fairmont Southampton, 101 South Shore Road, Southampton, Bermuda.
Sweet P (Category: $$)
This is a tea room in St. George that opened in Feb 2012 at the grounds of the historic Stewart Hall and has a nice garden setting. This is where the popular Bermuda Perfumery
is also located. Along with fine tea, they serve lots of innovative and yummy snacks like miniature brioches, chicken coronation sandwiches, rum babas, brioche pastry soaked in rum syrup, miniature cakes, scones, other pastries, finger sandwiches etc. All these are prepared using fresh local ingredients. The scones are served with local honey, jam and chantilly cream.
Afternoon Tea at Sweet P
Photo: Sweet P
So if you plan for a Walking Tour of St. George
in the morning, then in the afternoon you can walk down to Sweet P and have a high tea for your lunch in a lush outdoor garden setting (they can also arrange for indoor seating). You get an opportunity to scan the perfumery as well.
Price: $35 per person plus 15% gratuity (cash only)
Tea Hours: 1:00pm-4:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; Reservation recommended.
Sweet P is located on Queen Street at Stewart Hall premises.
The Dockyard Pastry Shop & Bistro (Category: $$)
This eatery is located at Royal Naval Dockyard
with a small garden setting and you can have your tea al fresco under the garden umbrellas. The English style afternoon tea is served between 2pm to 5pm accompanied with scones, jam & jelly, sandwiches, and optionally with a glass of sparkling wine. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. 12 Dockyard Terrace (located at the entrance of Victualling Yard).
Cafe 4 (Category: $)
Located in Hamilton with indoor as well as outdoor dining option with great garden setting, they serve traditional afternoon tea along with nice Fourways gourmet pastries.
Open Monday to Saturday.
Address: Windsor Place, 18 Queen Street, Hamilton.
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.
Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea:
Jasmine Lounge at Fairmont Southampton and Heritage Court at Hamilton Princess can serve gluten free afternoon tea.
Places that once served great afternoon tea
Heritage Court is a restaurant located inside the luxury hotel 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 inside Masterworks Museum of Art 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 served on china tea pot & cups between 2pm to 4pm (reservation required). The afternoon tea here also entitles you to reduced entry fee for the adjacent Masterworks Art Museum & Gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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