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Marks & Spencer British Goodies

I don’t know about you, but I have a soft spot for all things British! I love the country, I love London, I love the quaint countryside, I love the British cooks  (Nigella, Jamie, Hugh Fearnley). Three times I’ve been to the UK for holidays, and I still yearn to go back again. I have also been to New Zealand 3 times, and next week will be the 4th trip. But I always tell the kiwi Partner that the grass in England is greener. Serious!

Did you manage to catch the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on TV? My parents were glued to the TV even until past midnight! Such is the fascination for the British Royal family, who aren’t related to us in any way! The Partner likes to tell me that he has royal blood, but what’s the use of that if he can’t show me my room in the castle?

Anyway, one place in Singapore you can indulge in a bit of British is at Marks & Spencer. I love it when it’s Easter and Christmas. All their goodies are packaged so nicely and always so festive looking. This time round, thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee and the upcoming London Olympics, Marks & Spencer has also churned out quite a few new British treats.

Marks & Spencer - Family Biscuits for Tea (2)

These Family biscuits for tea were going at $37. My GUY friend was lusting over these tins for the last 1 week and he finally succumbed to buying one today. It certainly is a pretty tin but is it worth $37?

Marks & Spencer - Milk Chocolate Rosette Lollipops

Something cheaper if you still want to buy something. Milk Chocolate Rosette Lollipops. Great fun for wearing too. Like so.

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Rose Veranda at Shangri-La (Savouries)

The Rose Veranda at Shangri-La used to be my favourite place for afternoon tea. It was also the 1st place that got me acquainted with the concept of “afternoon tea”. In previous years, the afternoon tea would come with unlimited servings of their one-hundred-and-one different types of teas. It was always a treat to be presented with the maroon-coloured velvety tea menu. I’d mostly go for the safe types like English Breakfast (ha!) but just the idea that one could have a hundred other options brought about visions of opulence.

However, after the renovation, prices have increased slightly, and they NO LONGER offer unlimited servings of the 101 teas!!! What a let down! It’s just a choice of 2 teas per person now, just like any other afternoon tea place that you find nowadays. Shucks. It’s not like I can drink a hundred pots of teas, but the very idea of having so much choice makes me feel differently!

Anyway, the place still looks posh, the food still is good so we still had a pretty good time at the Rose Veranda.

Shangri La Rose Verandah - Seating Area

Shangri La Rose Verandah (12)

High Tea at The Rose Veranda. This is the maroon velvety menu I was talking about

Shangri La Rose Veranda  - Pot of Tea

I like to choose strong teas, with English Breakfast being one of my all time favourites. Yes I’m traditional. Large pots of teas are nice, but the teas tend to grow cold if you can’t drink up fast enough. All the teas served are now from TWG. The Partner was a bit miffed by this because his favourite Orange Pekoe was now no longer available and probably impossible to find in the whole of Singapore.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Potato and Leek Soup

Potato and leek soup – So very English! It’s interesting how potatoes can be incorporated into a soup but I’ve always loved a potato based soup. So comforting and simple. The leek taste wasn’t very strong, and the soup was smooth enough so that there weren’t any gritty bits of potato stuck in the throat.

Shangri La Rose Veranda (5)

Come to think of it, the afternoon tea buffet at the Rose Veranda has a lot of Asian dishes. No wonder Shangri La Rose Veranda is such a popular choice amongst the Japanese Tai Tais! Never fail to see at least one group of Japanese ladies, if not more, each time that I am there!

You can take as much sushi as you want, but the salmon sashimi is limited to one plate per table. We managed to get away with 2 plates 🙂

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The fried noodles and chicken are okay. Not exactly what I would expect in a posh afternoon tea place.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Finger Nibbles

Variety of finger sandwiches are also rather limited. I guess I was expecting a more “English” type of afternoon tea.

Shangri La Rose Veranda - Main Buffet Counter

What they lack in variety for the “English tea items”, they more than made up in variety of dishes in totality.

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