Raffles

I knew that a visit to Singapore would not be complete without experiencing High Tea or sampling a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel.

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I arrived promptly at 2.50pm to avoid queues.

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This lavish restaurant adorned with high ceilings and grand chandeliers, is an enticing afternoon tea destination.

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I had emailed in advance for my booking for High Tea in the Tiffin room. The Tiffin Room Manager greeted me warmly and showed me to a table; beautifully adorned with crisp white linen, full silver tea service and a waiter ready to pull out my chair.

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For S$58 you can sample all the delights of the High Tea buffet. I received an email detailing what to expect on the day.

“Tiffin Room offers an afternoon of classic delights – from a Silver Three-Tier Standholding delicate finger sandwiches and English cakes to Traditional Buffet Spread with freshly baked pastries, savories, hot dessert and the famous homemade scones served with clotted cream and jam.  Accompanied by an extensive selection of teas and coffees, the colonial setting of Raffles Singapore provides the perfect ambience to enjoy this long-cherished tradition. In addition, tower of bamboo steamer played fixtures at the end of the room which housed types of dim sum items as well as an equally impressive spread of tropical fruits exquisitely created to take guests on a cultural mind trip, while enjoying the tranquility of English afternoon tea.”

Dress code is smart casual. Bear in mind that they add 10% service charge and VAT 7%.

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Before experiencing high tea in the Tiffin Room I decided to visit the long bar to enjoy my first Singapore Sling cocktail.

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