Sunday, October 19, 2014

High Tea at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore

Picture: Annette Schiller, ombiasy PR and WineTours, and Christian G.E. Schiller Taking High Tea at the Fullerton in Singapore

Afternoon Tea is a British food tradition - an afternoon treat of tea, sandwiches, scones and cake, served around 4.00pm. Afternoon Tea originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the mid-1800s. Historically, Afternoon Tea was considered to be a ladies' social occasion, and it is more often enjoyed by women than men to this day.

High Tea traditionally was a heavy meal of meat dishes, such as steak and kidney pie, and fish dishes. It was a working class meal served at the end of the workday.

Pictures: High Tea at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore

While Afternoon Tea is typically served on low, comfortable chairs, the worker’s High Tea was served at the table on high back dining chairs.

Importantly, outside of the United Kingdom, including in Singapore, people generally refer to tea in the afternon as High Tea.

Picture: Viatrix Tremann and her Proud Parents having her first High Tea

There are a number of basic types of Afternoon Tea - High Tea:

The simplest form of Afternoon Tea is Cream Tea -- a meal of tea, scones and cream.

Add fresh strawberries to Cream Tea and you have Strawberry Tea.

Alternately, if you add more sweets to Cream Tea, you get Light Tea.

Add savory foods, like finger sandwiches to Light Tea and you get Full Tea. We had Full Tea at the Fullerton Hotel in Singapore.

Some hotels and tea rooms also offer other variations on Afternoon Tea, such as Champagne Tea: Afternoon Tea served with a glass of champagne.

The Fullerton Hotel 

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore: Transformed from The Fullerton Building – a magnificent neoclassical landmark built in 1928, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is an iconic 400-room heritage hotel. It was once home to the nation’s General Post Office, The Exchange and the prestigious Singapore Club – all of which played a pivotal role in the history of Singapore.

Picture: The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore

From the 1970s to 1995, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore used the building as its headquarters. The General Post Office, under Singapore Post, vacated the building in 1996.

In 1997, a Hong Kong investor acquired the Fullerton Building from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). It spent close to another S$300 million converting the Fullerton Building into a hotel and building the two-storey commercial complex One Fullerton opposite Fullerton Road.

Leaving the Fullerton Hotel

After High Tea at the Fullerton Hotel, we walked along Marina Bay, with Marina Bay Sands Hotel on the other side of the bay. We stopped at Gluttons Bay Hawker Center.

Pictures: After High Tea Walk along Marina Bay, with Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Gluttons Bay Hawker Center

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