Proper afternoon tea with those little tiddly sandwiches with the crusts cut off that, unless you’re right posh, you probably only had as a kid when you were decked out in your Sunday best and taken to visit the ancient maiden aunt whose house smelt of cabbage and boiled eggs.

Ooh it brings back memories, the sulphuric egg smell convincing us that auntie was really a witch and coming home feeling ill from over indulgence on her exquisite cakes.

For someone who smelled of lavender talcum power and looked as if she was about to fall off her perch any minute, Great Aunt Clara could sure russle up one of the best fresh cream Victoria sponges I’ve ever tasted and I’ve been searching ever since for a pineapple upside down cake to match the delicious caramelised tang she used to pull off almost every visit.

We’re not sure these are quite up to Auntie Clara’s standards but we reckon she’d approve.

TSpoon, Kempinski Grand Hotel
We were delighted when TSpoon opened with direct access off City Centre Mall, the perfect wind down after a hard few hours’ shopping.

The elaborate afternoon tea offers a selection of 40 teas and coffees from around the world and, in particular, the finest tea library with leaves and infusions of fruit teas and organic teas carefully selected to complement an extensive menu of cakes and pastries, handcrafted in house by pastry chef, Clement Raybaud whose specialities include lemon tartlet, raspberry mille feuille a la minute, Bakewell tart, chocolate éclairs, almond and pine seed croissants and delicious macaroons.

And of course not to forget the sandwiches including foie gras on crispy bread with chutney, smoked salmon and black pepper on brown bread and French brie and truffle on toasted brioche and freshly baked plain and raisin scones with Devonshire clotted cream, wild strawberry jam and lemon curd.

There’s also the monthly Taste of Fashion event, resuming in September, at which neighbouring high-end stores showcase their latest offerings and guests can win great prizes.
Daily 2-6pm, price BD13.500. TSpoon, Kempinski Grand & Ixir Hotel, Bahrain City Centre (17171000).