Tiny cucumber sandwiches without crusts, warm fluffy scones with thick clotted cream and jam, perfect patisserie sitting pretty on a platter, tea in china cups, and a glass of Champagne; could there be any better way to while away a few hours than leisurely indulging in a traditional afternoon high tea? And with Easter coming up, we reckon it’s the perfect excuse to treat your bestie, bae, or family to this quintessentially British treat. Here’re our top picks of where to find Easter themed teas, free-flow prosecco deals, and fancy hotels with the prettiest settings in Singapore.
Anti:dote at Fairmont
The afternoon tea at Anti:dote is up there on our favourites list all year round; presented in a leather-clad jewellery chest, opening each draw to reveal the next treat never fails to delight. And this Easter, team Anti:dote are stepping it up a notch with the cutest Easter themed sweets and savouries. From 23 March to 1 April expect to feast on yummy sounding creations like yuzu cheese carrot cake, cinnamon filo with muscovado chocolate ganache, and fresh hot cross buns with clotted cream, homemade raspberry jam and lemon curd. Tea is free-flow and you can pick from a selection of 10 TWG brews.
Anti:dote at Fairmont Singapore, Level 1, 2 Stamford Road, 178882, t. 6431 5315. Afternoon tea served Mon – Thurs, 3pm – 5pm. Fri – Sun and Public Holidays, 12pm - 2pm (first seating), 3pm – 5pm (second seating). Cost: $52 per person / $25 per child (below 12)
The Clifford Pier or The Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel
There’s something rather special about stepping into the wonderfully smelling lobby at this beautiful hotel on the bay. For all out luxury, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon spent here. We’re fans of its year-round Singapore Heritage afternoon tea, but on 1 April the Easter tea special sounds equally divine and will be served at The Landing Point. The lineup includes Boston lobster in crispy cornets, duck rillette in sesame buns, smoked salmon mille-feuille with caviar and Fresh-inspired pastries like caramelised caneles and fluffy madeleines. Free-flow tea and coffee are included, and there’s even an Easter egg hunt at 3pm!
The Clifford Pier / The Landing Point at Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, 049326, t. 6333 8388. Easter afternoon tea served on 1 April, 12 pm – 2pm (first seating), 3pm – 5pm (second seating). $50 per person, $25 per child (6 – 11 years old)
L’espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel
From 9 March to 11 April, L’espresso at Goodwood is serving its Easter inspired Chocolate Divine High Tea. Expect the usual assortment of dainty sandwiches, savouries, pastries, and fluffy scones, plus additional specially created chocolatey treats and a chocolate fountain thrown into the mix (definitely one for the chocoholics who aren’t happy with this years haul of Easter eggs!). Two servings of coffee or TWG are also included (possibly a tad stingy, we’re all about free-flow), and you can throw in a glass of bubbly for a few extra dollars if you’re feeling extravagant.
L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Rd, 228221, t. 6730 1743. Afternoon tea served Mon – Thurs, 2pm – 5.30pm. Fri – Sun and Public Holidays, 12pm - 2.30pm (first seating), 3pm – 5.30pm (second seating). Prices start at $45++ per person ($65 inclusive of Champagne), and $22.50++ per child
The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel
Get fancy with the Easter afternoon tea at the Fullerton (there’s even a harpist providing some classy background tunes!). Nibble on the likes of lobster salad with dill rolls and carrot cake mini eggs while relaxing in the stunning Courtyard. As it’s Easter, we say it’s worth splashing out on free-flow Champagne and strawberries for an additional $49. Because why not.
The Courtyard at Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, 049178, t. 6733 8388. Easter afternoon tea served on 1 April 2pm – 4pm (first seating), and 4.30pm – 6pm (second seating). Prices start at $50 per person, $25 per child (6 – 11 years old). Free-flow Champagne and strawberries additional $49.
Chihuly Lounge or Colony at The Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz sure know how to do afternoon tea; there are three ‘experiences’ available dependent on the day you visit and what you’re in the mood for. Hit up the Chihuly Lounge for a lavish eight-course (yes, really) weekday tea, or a 2.5-hour weekend buffet feast (both feature the likes of obligatory tiny sandwiches, canapes, macarons, eclairs, and tea cakes). Or for a dash of Singaporean flavour, opt to dine at the Colony with a tea that highlights local and Chinese dishes served in a five-tier ceramic tiffin and a selection of yummy patisserie for dessert. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Chihuly Lounge or Colony Bakery at The Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Avenue, 039799, t. 6337 8888. Chihuly weekday afternoon tea, 12pm – 5pm, weekend afternoon tea buffet, 2.30pm – 5pm. Prices start at $49 per person. The Journey at Colony served Mon-Sat, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, prices start at $49 per person.
Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis
The Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs is perfect for a special occasion (and Easter!). It’s our top choice for an outing with the parents, or for an elegant baby or bridal shower. Tea is served on a three-tiered silver stand and packed with cucumber, smoked salmon, and egg mayo sandwiches, duck foie gras profiteroles, mini salmon quiches, creme caramels, mocha eclairs, raspberry tarts, and more. And there’s even a special waffle and crepe station with sweet bites prepared a la minute by resident chefs. Just to make things extra special, there’s a pianist tinkling away in the background. Perfect.
The Caroline Astor Afternoon Tea Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Rd, 24791, t. 6506 6888. Afternoon tea served Mon-Sat, 3pm – 5pm, Sun, 4pm – 6pm. Prices start at $49 per person
As far as unique settings go, Pollen is winning. Nestled within a huge dome in Gardens by the Bay, we love the bringing-the-outside-indoors kinda vibe. And we love the afternoon tea menu even more. Savouries include chicken and mushroom tarts, egg sandwiches, gazpacho, and croquettes. While sweets like macarons, Earl Grey lemon cake, chocolate marshmallow tart, and orange and white chocolate scones sound equally divine. And there’s two hours of free-flow prosecco up for grabs.
Pollen, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, 01-09, 018953, t. 6604 9988. Afternoon tea served daily, prices start at $38 per person / $78 per person inclusive of free-flow prosecco
Axis Bar and Lounge at Mandarin Oriental
The sophisticated Axis lounge is the perfect setting for an Easter afternoon tea date. Choose from a myriad of TWG teas, and scoff on the likes of chocolate and Madagascan vanilla scones, lemon and praline sables, and fancy bites like the spring lamb and mint empanada, lobster and apple on toasted brioche, and steamed egg custard with fava beans and crab. The view is pretty stellar to boot.
Axis Bar and Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, 039797, t. 6885 3500. Afternoon tea served Mon-Sun, 3pm – 5pm and from 12.30pm – 2.30pm on weekends and public holidays. $42 per person, $80 for two.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt
We’ve all got one friend who “pffffts” at high tea due to the dainty servings; bring ‘em to 10 Scotts for a high tea that will fill even those with the most ferocious of appetites. And we love that you can upgrade the experience to include free-flow Perrier Jouët Grand Brut Champagne for only $35 (a bargain and well worth it). This semi-buffet affair includes eats like freshly shucked oysters, cured Norwegian salmon, a full-on cheese and charcuterie table, cakes, tarts, scones and more (the food really is endless). Perfect if you’re celebrating with a group of friends and fancy an alternative to Sunday brunch.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, 228211, t. 6738 1234. Afternoon tea served daily, 12pm – 2.30pm (first seating), and 3pm – 5pm (second seating). $50 per person inclusive of tea and coffee, additional $35 for free-flow Champagne.