The best hotels and restaurants to go for a truly English afternoon tea
We all need to take a bit of time for ourselves now and again. But, it is sometimes hard to find somewhere calm to collect our thoughts. In my opinion, afternoon tea has to be one of the most pleasant ways to relax. You can snack on delicious morsels of finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, and wash it all down with cups of loose leaf tea. Served on silver platters with mini teaspoons and cubes of sugar, nothing is better at helping you to relax and gossip with friends than an English afternoon tea.
Okay, so I may be slightly biased being from England, and the fact that the highlight of my trips to London was afternoon tea with my mother at Harrods (which I highly recommend!). However, trust me. It is well worth it so check out Keep Dining’s recommendations for the best teas around.
Fortnum & Masons at The Dubai Mall
Nothing screams English elegance more than Fortnum & Masons; the London store is even where the Queen does her weekly grocery shop (of course not in person). If you head down to the Dubai Mall location you are in for a treat, this beautifully designed tea shop is offering an afternoon tea of Welsh rarebit, fish & chips and sticky toffee pudding all for the price of 235AED per person. A truly luxurious way to spend an afternoon with stunning views over the Dubai fountains.
The Sky View Bar at The Burj al Arab
Enjoy a breathtaking afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab’s Sky View Bar. This sleek and stylish restaurant has panoramic views out over the Arabian Gulf and the beautiful Dubai skyline. Their afternoon tea is a truly classy way to spend a couple of calm hours chatting with your friends over finger sandwiches, pastries and homemade jam. It is a little on the pricey side at 620AED per person (additional 100AED for a window seat), however, it is well worth it for a special occasion! Make sure you book ahead as pre-payment is required.
The Farm at Al Barari
For a spot of High Tea head over to The Farm at Al Barari, even though it is a little out of the city this really is a beautifully situated restaurant. With lush green trees and a small stream trickling through, you and you friends can dine on fresh scones, sandwiches and enjoy a steaming pot of hot tea! The Farm’s afternoon tea is designed for 2 people and priced at a very reasonable 175AED. So if you are in need of a peaceful afternoon getaway and a high-class tea then look no further.
TWG Tea at The Dubai Mall
Located just in front of the dramatic Dubai Mall fountain TWG Tea is a quaint traditional teashop. Their shelves are filled with large drums filled with loose-leaf tea from around the world; you can tell that they are experts in their field. Although, they do not have an ‘official’ afternoon tea we do recommend heading over for their deliciously delicate cakes and experiment with their wide selection of tea from the classic English breakfast to the blooming chrysanthemum teas.
When this Lounge advertises its High Tea it really means it, situated on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa At.mosphere is an afternoon tea of epic proportion. Make sure you book your place ahead of time to guarantee your table, the views are breathtaking and the food is delicious. The afternoon tea is priced at 490AED per person for a window seat and 420AED for a non-window seat. So enjoy your afternoon cuppa from the highest lounge in the world.
Al Bayt, Palace Downtown
Treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa at Al Bayt in the Palace Downtown. Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday you can enjoy a luxury afternoon filled with rich clotted cream, fresh pastries and delicate finger sandwiches, all paired with a pot of tea in their elegant signature China. Priced at 160AED per person this is the perfect way to spend a relaxed afternoon.
The Scene at Pier 7
If you are looking for more of a low-key and homely afternoon tea, then The Scene at Pier 7 is the place for you. Indulge in steaming pots of tea, fresh strawberries and sweet treats everyday from 12pm until 6pm for the reasonable price of 130AED for 2 people. The selection is fun and unique, you can choose from classic English Breakfast, ginger, mint and many more and if you are in the mood for something with a bit of a kick you can choose their spiked afternoon tea for 220AED for 2 people.
Reform Bar & Grill at The Lakes
The Reform Bar & Grill is an idyllic location for an afternoon tea, situated on the edge of a Lake and surrounded by trees and green you really feel like you are transported to an English country restaurants. They hold a number of afternoon tea experiences (which must be booked with 48hours notice), from their Gentlemen’s afternoon tea at 95AED to their Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Experience priced at 95AED per person or 145AED with a glass of Prosecco. So book your place for lovely dishes inspired by Alice in Wonderland or with a Gentlemanly twist!
The Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, JBR
The Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Lounge is a beautifully designed location for a spot of afternoon tea. With dark wooden beams and luxurious sofas it is the perfect place to spoil yourself a little. Their afternoon tea is very traditional offering loose-leaf teas, scones and rich clotted cream, and then more luxurious choices such as beluga caviar and a glass of Dom Pérignon with their Millionaire Treat, priced at 2,777AED for two people. Their prices range from 190AED for a traditional treat to 295AED for the Gentlemen’s treat, there is a little something for everyone!
Vesna at The Conrad Hotel
Vesna is a Slavic-themed restaurant in the Conrad Hotel, and is famous for its beautiful floral theme paired with opulent décor. It is a luxurious restaurant that prides itself on excellent food and giving its guests a fabulous experience. They offer an afternoon tea every Sunday to Thursday from 3pm until 5pm (prices available on arrival), you can be sure that their beautiful China and intriguing sounding tea options are sure to pique your interest. So choose from mango with mint, Sakura or Gunpowder Supriya for an interesting afternoon of conversation and great tea!