Reviews, pictures and contact and booking details for the best afternoon teas in Bahrain, part of the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards.
Tea, scones, maybe even a mini savoury selection, restaurants are going above and beyond with their afternoon teas year after year. That’s why Time Out has visited each and every restaurant on this list, putting them through their paces and assessing aspects including a comfortable and enjoyable setting, service and good value for money. We’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting at each venue.
At The Orangery, your experience starts from the moment you drive up, as you admire the classic conservatory-style structure and quaint British influence. It's easy to feel that you are treating yourself, as you get comfortable among the cushions and begin to peruse the menu designed by award-winning restaurant Masso’s master Chef Susy Massetti. Known for taking classic dishes and making them exceptional, the kitchen team has managed to fill the breakfast and all-day menus with familiar favourites boasting gourmet twists. From the trio of delicious hummus to a particularly divine Nutella pain perdu and award-winning afternoon tea – what’s not to like at this pretty little spot?
he beach views from The Gallery Lobby Lounge at Art Rotana steal the show before you even glance at the menu. The ambiance is calm and relaxed – it seems to attract business-people and casual holidaymakers – and very well suited to a leisurely afternoon tea experience. The menu is far more sophisticated though, the usual selection of crumbly scones and clotted cream is served, alongside an elegant selection of savoury bites and finger sandwiches using ingredients such as lobster, truffle and duck paté on brioche. For the grand finale (or “a sweet delivery” as they call it), a dessert trolley is wheeled out (including a salted caramel bar). Every step of the way, your delightful waiter guides you through the pleasant afternoon experience, making sure you’re topped up with tea as well as being comfortable, which you certainly will be. In particular, this is a great introductory experience for people who have never had afternoon tea before. From BD15++. Served from 3pm-5pm.
In terms of atmosphere, Bay View Lounge is hard to beat. Beautiful olive trees line the lobby lounge, while large, floor-to-ceiling windows offer clear views of Bahrain Bay, and a pianist regularly performs. The afternoon tea selection is fairly traditional, with the customary sandwiches and desserts, while the warm scones are a particular highlight. Everything is stunningly presented and served with panache. Classic ingredients such as smoked salmon and cucumber are present, but done with an elegant twist. Once you’re done, it’s a comfortable location to unwind and catch up with friends. It might be one of the most expensive afternoon tea offerings, but there is no question as to why it is a popular destination on the island and it fully deserves its Highly Commended accolade in the Time Out Bahrain Restaurant Awards 2016. BD15.
Based on the 36th floor of The Domain Hotel & Spa, the real highlight of the afternoon tea at Domain Privé is the stunning view through the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out across Manama and beyond. Your extremely friendly servers are armed with any explanations you might need and you can order a regular afternoon tea, with its small selection of finger sandwiches and jams, or the Deluxe, which comes with unlimited coffee and a couple of glasses of sparkling grape. It might take a bit of time to come out, but the food is tasty and worth the wait. Overall it’s an elegant afternoon affair for friends catching up, but it’s also a romantic place for more intimate gatherings. BD10.5+. Served 3pm-6pm.
Squishy, over-sized couches make an afternoon tea experience in the InterContinental Regency’s lobby lounge a very comfortable, cosy affair, and a pleasant way to while away an afternoon. At BD9++ it also offers good value for money, and is one for dessert fans as it focuses primarily on the sweet stuff – cakes, pastries and macarons, with some quiche and bite-sized sandwiches on the side. The assorted sweets are particularly noteworthy, both in presentation and in flavour, and although a stand-out is hard to pick, we’ve been particularly wooed by the gourmet chocolates. It’s decadent, rustic and generally very pleasant indeed. Plus, due to its central location, it’s a great place to meet friends for a catch-up on a weekend or afternoon off. BD9++. Daily 3pm-5pm.
This quaint Seef-based café and patisserie boasts floral-patterned walls and pastel colours, which really sets the scene for a sophisticated afternoon tea experience. There are a range of options on the menu, all of which come with a selection of tasty finger sandwiches, beautifully presented cakes and top-notch scones with sides of strawberry jam and proper clotted cream. With the food, you can also order unlimited tea and coffee or have a glass of sparkling. We suggest settling into one of the Alice in Wonderland-like over-sized chairs by the window while you relax and allow the efficient and unobtrusive servers to take care of you. BD5.5+. Served noon-3pm.
Low-key is the best word to describe casual, cosy Tilly’s Café’s humble afternoon tea offering. It’s an authentic and quaintly traditional selection of homemade sandwiches, scones and pastries that are simple yet wholesome and appealing. It also happens to be the most reasonably priced afternoon tea offering on this Time Out Bahrain list. If you go fairly often, the lovely staff will begin to feel like friends, and the kid-free policy and free wifi means those looking for a quiet place to get some work done will particularly love this as a spot to sit, chill and nibble on some sandwiches. Overall, it’s far more accessible as a regular, everyday dining experience. It certainly poses a nice alternative to the more expensive and elaborate hotel offerings in the city. BD5. Open daily 7.45am-9.30pm. Afternoon tea served all day.
Around the world, The Ritz-Carlton offers a renowned afternoon tea experience, and the hotel in Bahrain is no exception. A traditional selection of tea blends, sandwiches, scones and desserts is served in typical British fashion in the lobby lounge. While we’re partial to the savoury bites and small sandwiches, the best tier by far is the spread of dainty desserts that are perfect in proportion and richness. Meanwhile, large windows overlook the lush, landscaped gardens and beautiful poolside, making you feel as if you’re on holiday while you sink into to the luxuriously soft armchairs by the hotel’s grand entrance. It’s a nod to tradition and your high expectations will be met at The Ritz-Carlton. BD18++. Daily 3pm-7pm.