Traditional afternoon tea includes freshly brewed tea, of course, but that’s just the beginning. You’ll also enjoy an array of pastries, scones, jams and sandwiches. Here are a few places in Bermuda where you can partake in this centuries-old ritual. Devonshire clotted cream, anyone?
The Crown & Anchor at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
An 1883 visit from Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Louise, inspired the “Princess” part of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club's name. Accordingly, the hotel serves an afternoon tea fit for today's royalty in its Crown & Anchor restaurant. In a modern, ocean-view setting with a crisp, nautical vibe, enjoy delectable breads, scones and pastries, all homemade in the hotel's pastry shop. It's an impressive experience with servers bring out tiered, three-foot-high silver trays alongside steaming pots of English tea in fine Belgian china kettles. Bring the kids – there’s a special children’s menu with peanut butter, tuna salad and cheese sandwiches.
Sweet P’s High Tea at the Bermuda Perfumery
Intoxicating, romantic scents fill the air at the Bermuda Perfumery, located in the historic Stewart Hall in St. George’s Parish. But on Wednesdays and Saturdays, it’s not just perfumes you can take in. Sweet P's High Tea, also in Stewart Hall, features the sinfully sweet confections of Paula Hayward and Nicki O’Connell, all made with fresh local ingredients. Try some local honey, Chantilly cream or Bermuda preserves as you nibble on pastries, scones and cakes. It all takes place in an elegant garden setting. Champagne anyone?
Try some local honey, Chantilly cream or Bermuda preserves as you nibble on pastries, scones and cakes.
Homer’s Café in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens
Named in honour of artist Winslow Homer, who painted many gorgeous Bermuda watercolours, Homer's Cafe is a hidden gem. Located amidst the lush greenery and fragrant blossoms of the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Homer’s Café offers a traditional afternoon tea on Sundays. The freshly baked pastries and splendid finger sandwiches are freshly made by an island favourite, the Portuguese Bakery. Sit back and relax on an open terrace under a lily-covered pergola. A bonus: The price of afternoon tea at Homer’s also gets you free admission to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art (located right next to the café), where you can see paintings, sculptures and other works by local artists and legends like Georgia O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth and Winslow Homer himself.
Tea Tips for Your Bermuda Tea Experience
DO: Use afternoon tea as an excuse to dress up – this is a fancy occasion, after all. No need for jacket and tie, gentlemen, but generally, “smart casual” is acceptable. No flip flops.
DON’T: Clink your spoon against your cup while stirring.
DO: Put milk in your cup before tea. Or the other way around. Actually, this is the most hotly debated issue in all of tea-dom – just do what feels right.
DON’T: Put your pinkie up while drinking your tea – it's a common faux pas.