Afternoon tea at The Courtyard Fullerton Hotel

July 25, 2010

The other day, while researching on the best hotel to take P for her birthday, I came across the Afternoon High Tea at the Fullerton Courtyard. Because we’d decided to go for the Ritz Carlton’s Chihuly Lounge Afternoon Tea, I thought I had to give the Fullerton’s Afternoon Tea a miss. Well, that was only what the brain said. The mouth and the stomach protested, so I succumbed and decided to go for 2 Afternoon Teas consecutively! My mother was only too happy to partake in this windfall…can’t go for afternoon tea alone, can I?

Afternoon Tea starts at 2.30pm, so when we arrived at 3pm, we were quite surprised that nobody had started eating yet. Everybody seemed to be waiting for something to happen. What struck us was how hushed the entire place was. It was as if we were entering a very serious place. It didn’t help that the tables were extra long, such that you are actually nearer to the diner next to you, than to your companion at the opposite end.

Anyway, I ordered a hot chocolate while my mother ordered some chinese tea. 5 minutes later, we saw the staff carrying the 3 tier stands of goodies. Goodness, luckily we arrived late and didn’t have to wait long as compared to those who arrived at 2.30pm.

Courtyard 3-tier tea service The tasty bite sized morsels, now tell me if you don’t like having afternoon tea? Everyone gets a standard 3 tier service, and you can have free refills of your favourites. You also get the choice of 2 different drinks per person.

Courtyard finger sandwiches (2) Mini burger looking things with smoked salmon in them, cucumber sandwiches…

Courtyard Egg sandwiches Egg sandwich

Courtyard sconesI have to say, Fullerton The Courtyard has one of the BEST scones in Singapore I have ever eaten. Scones can be bland, but these were so good, they could have been eaten without jam or cream

Courtyard Clotted Cream and Jam

But since jam and clotted cream was provided, there’s no reason not to eat the scone plain right? A while back, I thought that clotted cream was hard to come by in Singapore. If you haven’t eaten scones with clotted cream, you have been missing out. But it seems now it is more easily available. Perhaps in time to come, clotted cream will become ubiquitous?

Courtyard Macaron Green Macaron

Courtyard Clotted CreamCourtyard finger sandwiches

They provided so much clotted cream, I wish I had space to eat it all!

Courtyard Tea Chinese Tea

Courtyard Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Only allowed to have 2 drink choices per person

Courtyard Trolley of Goodies Trolley of goodies. They first serve you the standard 3 tier service, then you can choose what you want for seconds, unlimited

Courtyard Seating Area facing columns The couple next to us left quite early, so we did have a very comfortable time in the end. The Courtyard has a very bright and airy feel to it thanks to the high glass ceiling.

Courtyard Seating Area Plush chairs with your very own cushion.

The Afternoon high tea costs $36 on weekdays. Will have to check how much it costs on the Weekend. There is also a ”1 dines free for every 3 diner” promotion going on.

On the whole, I enjoyed the food very much, but my mother commented that most of the items were sweet items. There was very little meaty things to eat, which is very true. The 2 drink c
omplementary drinks weren’t enough, considering that places like Shangri La and Ritz Carlton offer free flow of made to order drinks.

Also, most of the staff seemed pretty aloof and unfriendly. I get the feeling that Fullerton Hotel tries very hard to make itself look posh and expensive. When I stayed there earlier this year, there were so many signs put up in the hotel room proclaiming this and that to be chargeable, which I felt was too direct, in fact, bordering on offensive. I know they want to charge for the items, and I don’t know how else they could have done it, but I certainly didn’t get the same feeling in other hotels I’ve stayed.

Read about my reviews on other excellent Afternoon Tea places in Singapore

Capella Hotel Sentosa – The Knolls

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 1 (Sweet)

Ritz Carlton Chihuly Lounge – Part 2 (Savoury)

Goodwood Park L’Espresso

Regent Hotel Lobby Lounge

Hotel Intercontinental Lobby Lounge

Check out 365days2play’s review where to find the Best Scones in Singapore

Check out Sister Hotel Fullerton Bay Hotel’s Lobby Lounge known as Landing Point (just updated in Apr 2012!).


The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Telephone: (65) 6733 8388
Facsimile: (65) 6735 8388

The Courtyard
Afternoon tea: 2.30pm – 6pm
Telephone: 6877 8129

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  1. Those cucumber sandwiches are tempting me. Yay for the clotted cream!…generous servings too.

    Thanks for adding the description about the staff being aloof..for me service is really important, especially when you’re out on someone’s birthday you want to be happy and service can sometimes spoil an otherwise great experience. I always find the service at Shangri-la really good. I also like that you can have unlimited drink choices. I’ve been there a few times, but have been too lazy to put up the photos yet since it was from some time ago. Also at that time I wasn’t really taking photos for a blog.

    • Yeah the service at the Fullerton really could do with some improving. Unlimited drink servings is a must, the cup of hot chocolate was TINY!

  2. Your sentence “But since jam and clotted cream was provided, there’s no reason not to eat the scone plain right?” is a bit wrong, as you’re trying to say since jam and cream were provided, there’s no reason to eat the scone plain, but you have a double negative in your sentence – “NO reason NOT to eat” – the two no/not cancel out each other sooooo.. – it should be “NO reason TO eat”. You might want to change that sentence.

    Other than that, really enjoying your blog!

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