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Grand Copthorne Afternoon Tea–Most value for money afternoon tea!

Let’s face it, having afternoon tea in Singapore in a nice comfortable setting such as a hotel doesn’t come cheap. A few dainty morsels perched on a three-tier tray plus a few cups of tea would normally set you back by about $30 – $40 per pax. So I was quite shocked to discover that Grand Copthorne’s afternoon tea costs only $38++ in total for TWO pax, with free flow coffee/tea!

Grand Copthorne Waterfront Afternoon Tea (4)

Look at this afternoon tea set, comprising fried chicken wings, dumplings, tuna croissants, salmon sandwiches, chicken pies, cakes, macarons, éclairs and nyonya kueh, it’s quite substantial for afternoon tea right??? I did a quick poll of some of my friends and they guessed that this would cost $40 per pax! Granted the nibbles may not be the most expensive of items (ie not foie gras etc), but still, I really do think this is a good deal.

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Afternoon Tea at Axis Bar & Lounge, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Prior to my maternity leave, I had envisioned myself being the modern mum and being able to bring baby out to enjoy afternoon tea once in a while. Reality struck after the baby arrived and the dream hasn’t happened yet. He has however visited his fair share of Yakuns and ToastBox because 1/2 hr is all he can take before he gets bored and wants a change of scenery.

Couple of months back, I did manage to take some time off on the weekend from motherly duties to have a cuppa with my colleagues at the Axis Lounge Mandarin Oriental. The afternoon tea was average, a little on the pricey side given that the food is non-refillable but the company and being able to take a breather from the confines of the house was priceless.

Here’s what we had. What you see in the pictures are for 3 pax. Axis Lounge combines the food instead of serving 3 tier sets individually to customers.

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (10)

Savouries

Axis Lounge Afternoon Tea (3)

Sweets

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Fullerton Hotel Festive Afternoon Tea

It’s less than 1 week to Christmas! How’s your preparations for Christmas, are you in a festive mood yet with all the malls and streets decked in Christmas baubles? Last week, the Partner and I went to check out Fullerton Hotel’s Festive Afternoon tea and boy was the hotel ready for Christmas or what.

Christmas at Fullerton

A huge Christmas tree and sleight spilling with presents and teddy bears had been placed right at the entrance. And every conceivable pillar had been plastered with red and green hued plants and Christmas Lights. A bubble machine was blowing bubbles from the second floor so it kinda felt like stepping into a winter wonderland with falling bubbles pretending to be snowflakes.

Fullerton Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea (3)

Anyway we didn’t waste too much time with the Christmas decorations because we wanted to zoom straight for the food! Check out this 3 tier of afternoon delights, it’s a feast for the eyes! And you know what, the best part is that you can have your favourites topped up as many times as you like!

Fullerton Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea (5)

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Hyde and Co : Cup of tea for you, Madame?

Stumbled upon this newish cafe Hyde and Co at North Bridge Road (opposite Kampong Glam) and instantly loved the place. I like the contemporary and stylish decor which reminds me of cosmopolitan cities like London and New York, none of the retro stuff anymore if you please. The other great thing about Hyde and Co is that they serve English Afternoon tea! Well it’s not exactly the full range, merely tea served in quaint pots and cups plus scones. But precious few cafes do this, so for now, Hyde and Co is high up on my list of must re-visit again cafes!

Hyde and Co (15)

Cup of tea to go along with the Earl Grey scones, madame?

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Favourite foods to serve for your English Afternoon Tea Party

I have a soft spot for all things British, and I think there’s no better way to spend the weekend than partaking in a spot of afternoon tea. Unfortunately, while there may be cafes galore in Singapore, 2 or 3 hundred I heard, there are precious few places to enjoy a good English afternoon tea. Most of the 5-star hotels in Singapore offer afternoon tea, usually ala-carte on weekdays and buffet-style or all-you-can-eat ala-carte style on weekends, and these are usually costly affairs limited to special occasions.

I’ve been wanting to create my own afternoon tea at home. Been having this idea for several years actually! But since my return from New Zealand where I had a really good scone plus iced chocolate sitting in the gardens and facing some hills, the idea of throwing my own afternoon tea party has been rolling at the back of my mind. It’ll double up as my house-warming party too. Instead of the usual catered buffet of beehoon, fish-balls and stuff, what do you think of the idea of a afternoon tea housewarming party?

I was googling what I could serve for this tea party, and the options were plentiful! It took a little bit of effort to remind myself that a few dainty dishes would go a long way and it’s not about creating a Guinness world record in afternoon tea party dishes. I reckon 3 savouries, 2 scones, and 3 sweet treats would do the trick, just like what you would get in a 3-tiered tea service at the hotels.

Here’s my top picks on what to serve for the quintessential British afternoon tea party.

1. Plain scones with lashings of jam and clotted cream

theknollssconewithclottedcreamandjam

Scones are from my visit to The Knolls at Capella Sentosa

Every afternoon tea has got to have scones in the menu, otherwise, it just won’t be English afternoon tea! Here’s a recipe for plain scones from Mary Berry.

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