“Stands the church clock at ten to three, And is there honey still for tea”?
These two lines from the Rupert Brooke poem, says a lot about the English custom of Afternoon Tea, traditionally served between the hours of 3 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
Thailand’s food and drink is not all papaya salad and hot chili soups.
Recently, one very English custom has become very popular and Afternoon Tea in Bangkok is now a ritual among Bangkok’s chic young, and not so young, people.
Tea-rooms have sprung up, but the hotels offer the best packages for this delightful afternoon interlude.
Afternoon Tea usually includes a selection of sandwiches, cakes, and scones with clotted cream and jam, but Bangkok sometimes adds a Thai element guaranteed to spice up the afternoon – like a chili samosa or cheese straws with added peppers.
In the run-up to Christmas, many hotels are offering a special Christmas Afternoon Tea which includes mince pies and Christmas cake.
Tea for Two in Bangkok – Top 3 Places to Find It.
Dusit Thani Hotel, Bangkok
One of Bangkok’s oldest hotel this is the favorite of many people.
It’s an old-world charm, attentive staff, and the fact that it is a Thai owned Hotel, not a featureless chain hotel, makes the service here somewhat different and the Afternoon Tea seem 100% traditional.
Served in the elegant and relaxing Lobby Lounge which looks out on to the waterfall that gushes down the stone steps in the garden area, the French pastry chef Alain daily creates a tempting selection of sweet and savory items for Afternoon Tea (or coffee if you prefer).
The selection of teas is mind-boggling and with nearly as many coffee blends to choose from, the Dusit Thani attracts the connoisseur tea and coffee drinker.
The Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok
Served either in the Lobby at the Peninsula, or on the riverfront terrace, you will find this a lively meeting place for Afternoon Tea.
The prime location on the riverfront makes this popular with visitors who take the opportunity to relax and view the river traffic while sitting their tea and nibbling on dainty sandwiches.
In the Lobby, live music soothes as friends meet and business associates gather for a quiet meeting, all against the backdrop of the Chao Phraya River.
Elegant yet casual, the Peninsula offers comfort and a distinction for which all the Peninsula hotels are renowned.
There are themed afternoon teas here too, like Coconut and Banana and Mango and Madeira.
The Sukhothai Hotel, Bangkok
The elegant Thai-style lobby may appear a long way from England, but the pastries and sandwiches served here from 14.30 to 18.00 hours are just perfect.
Sitting in this magnificent lobby you can experience the best that Bangkok has to offer.
Chocoholics descend on the hotel on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when Afternoon Tea comes with a chocolate buffet!
An exceptional gooey twist and served between 14.00 and 18.00 in the Lobby where there is live entertainment by a traditional Kim player.
You may need to make a reservation for this.
Traditional Afternoon Tea is served in the elegant and relaxed setting of the Lobby Lounge, with views to the sparkling waterfall that gushes down stone steps in the garden area of the hotel.
The French pastry chef, Alain, creates daily a wonderful array of sweet and savory treats complemented with Ronnefeldt Tea or coffee.
You can also take a la carte afternoon tea in the ground floor cafe in a more informal atmosphere, choosing your tea from a large selection and cakes, sandwiches and biscuits from a mouth-watering display.