Living in a nation completely devoted to tea it is easy to forget that outside of our island there are many locations overflowing with great places serving up some excellent afternoon tea. Though high tea is a quintessentially English tradition, dating back to the 1840's, many other countries offer some great tea rooms that really rival our own.
Regardless of how you pronounce scone, afternoon tea is something we can all enjoy. So sit back, relax and join us as we take a look at the best places in the world to have afternoon tea.
Eastern & Oriental, Penang, Malaysia
Penang is traditionally one of the best places for Malaysian food, but hidden inside the Eastern & Oriental is one of the best teas rooms you’ll find on any continent. Here you can indulge is a range of both western style and traditional Asian teas while sampling one of the E&O’s many delicious finger sandwiches and sweets. Just one of many reasons to book a holiday in Malaysia, but almost enough to justify it alone!
Tea & Sympathy, New York
If you though New York was all coffee and bagels then think again, Tea & Sympathy has been serving up a great brew for years. This New York tea house also serves up some of the best scones around, as well as a brilliant Earl Grey.
Erawan Tea Room, Thailand
In Thailand’s capital of Bangkok you will find the Erawan Tea Room at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. This tea room offers an extensive range of Indian, Sri Lankan and Thai teas alongside traditional Thai savoury and sweet treats.
Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa
The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town is home to one of the most opulent, luxurious and delightful tea rooms in the world. Though the tea is delicious, it’s the cucumber sandwiches which will really get your mouth watering at this hidden gem in South Africa.
If a traditional English tea just doesn’t cut it for you then head to House in Dempsey Hill, Singapore. Here you will be treated to some unique treats including squid-ink pizza and pistachio and lemon cake while you sip on a perfect cup of tea.
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