Where To Do Afternoon Tea, Bermuda-Style
From the iconic red phone booths to bobby-hatted policemen, Bermuda’s heritage is undeniably British. With a food scene that presents cultures as diverse as its 65,000 residents, it’s perhaps most noticeable when the island breaks for that classic British activity: traditional afternoon tea.
The Dockyard Pastry Shop
Pastry chef and photographer Joerg Rudolf’s café is a welcome retreat on Dockyard Terrace, at the edge of the Victualling Yard. The most casual of afternoon tea spots, theirs is a simple but classic selection of cream cheese, cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches and over-sized scones served with fresh cream and strawberry jam. While it’s even better with a glass of champagne, you’ll be tempted by the rest of the European-style menu with imaginative panini, hearty soups and a pastry case filled with daily quiche, buttery croissant and a gluten-free dulce de leche cheesecake.
Tea Tips for Your Bermuda 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.