I recently read an article from a well-respected publication that stated that Bermudians break in the afternoon for tea. I don’t know about you but I for one do not. Most afternoons I sit at my desk frazzled, trying to keep up with an over flowing inbox and ever ringing telephone. Some days I don’t even have time to eat lunch, let alone to brew a cup of tea.
Ironically enough I read this article while sitting on a plane, crossing the Atlantic on my way to London. Everyone knows the English are notorious for their tea drinking; it is the solution to their every problem. Tired from a long day of work? Have a cup of tea. Cold and aching from the unrelenting English weather? Have a cup of tea. Lost your wallet while drunk at the pub? Seriously, have a cup of tea. With all the tea-drinking I did in London, I’ve decided to adopt tea time at home, committing to a twenty-minute break every afternoon for a cup of tea and a biscuit. I dub this time, Teaesta.
One particular afternoon in London not too long ago was spend at Laduree in Covent Garden. It’s very french, very girly and bursting at the seams with every flavour macaroon you can image. Kayleigh and I ordered a few (rose, salted caramel, pistachio, chocolate, coconut and lemon) and warmed up on the patio with fresh pots of tea.
Now that I’m back, I’m practicing teaesta on-island. Although most days teaesta includes a cup of Earl Grey and a sad, gluten-free cookie, it is nice to venture out and do afternoon tea just like we did at Laduree. Here are a few of my favourite places for afternoon tea in Bermuda.
Fairmont Hamilton Princess – One tray per person means plenty of nibbles to choose from and they’ll even do it all gluten-free for you if you make the request when booking. The tea is quite basic but always good and the view of the fish pond from the floor to ceiling windows is quite simply, unbeatable.
Sweet P at the Bermuda Perfumery – Take a drive to St. George’s and spend an afternoon in the garden at the Bermuda Perfumery with Sweet P. For only $24 per person it’s money well-spent.
Miles Market – Although you won’t be served, tea at Miles Market never disappoints. Pick up a Godiva hot chocolate and some macaroons ($6 for 6 or $12 for 12) and sit outside under the umbrellas. The best part? Whatever you don’t eat you can take home with you.