Afternoon High Tea by Sweet P The Bermuda Perfumery, Stewart Hall, Queen Street, Town

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#41
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Originally posted by goodml
Ferries to St. George's weren't running last Weds due to rough seas so we took ferry to Hamilton then bus. Stopped at Crystal Caves on the way-water levels were high in the caves due to Rafael so it was half price. We were in the first seating for tea at 2 pm. As the other person mentioned, it's only a couple of blocks from bus or ferry so very walkable. We then took the bus back to Hamilton (with a stop at the Swizzle Inn along the way) and ferry back to the ship.
Thanks for the info!

Is the Swizzle Inn far from the ship? Also, do they have ferry/bus schedules at the pier?
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Originally posted by dolfinmusic
Thanks for the info!

Is the Swizzle Inn far from the ship? Also, do they have ferry/bus schedules at the pier?

Both locations of the Swizzle Inn are far from the cruise ship. The original SI is located about ˝ way between Hamilton and St George and is further of the 2 locations. The closer, named Swizzle, South Shore is on the South Rd past Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Bay. There is a map here showing both locations.

Travel time by bus and ferry, excluding waiting times, to the original SI is about 55 minutes; to the new SI, travel time by bus, excluding waiting time, is about 45 minutes.

Bus & ferry schedules are available at the pier and online. The 2012 ferry schedule is here, and the bus schedule here; 2013 have not been released yet.




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Originally posted by SailBadtheSinner
Both locations of the Swizzle Inn are far from the cruise ship. The original SI is located about ˝ way between Hamilton and St George and is further of the 2 locations. The closer, named Swizzle, South Shore is on the South Rd past Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Bay. There is a map here showing both locations.

Travel time by bus and ferry, excluding waiting times, to the original SI is about 55 minutes; to the new SI, travel time by bus, excluding waiting time, is about 45 minutes.

Bus & ferry schedules are available at the pier and online. The 2012 ferry schedule is here, and the bus schedule here; 2013 have not been released yet.




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Originally posted by dolfinmusic
Thank you! Hoping we make - due to sail out this Sunday with Sandy...
Oh my, good luck and I'll cross my fingers for calm seas for you.
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I'm a bit behind in posting this, but we tried the afternoon tea with Sweet P at the Bermuda Perfumery on Wednesday, October 3. They have 2 seatings per day - 2pm and 3:30pm - and only serve on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We chose the 2pm seating as a late lunch option. I made reservations ahead of our cruise by emailing [email protected] and the responses were all very quick. I confirmed our reservation before we left on the cruise, just to be safe.

After a fantastic (but HOT) morning at Tobacco Bay, we walked back into St. George's and easily found the Bermuda Perfumery near St. Peter's Church. After a bit of confusion about whether to seat ourselves in the garden, where the tables were set up, or go inside the Perfumery house, we were seated in a shady section with a cute setup of mismatched china.




Because of the extreme heat/humidity that day, we were offered a choice of 3 iced teas - a tropical blend (think mango and pineapple flavors), a chamomile citrus, and a mint tea. The tropical was fantastic and my friend tried the chamomile citrus and also really liked it.

After we had cooled down with some iced tea and water, it was time for the treats! We were presented with a 3-tier tower of delights that included 10 savory items (3 types of finger sandwiches - egg salad, chicken salad, and a roast beef with olives/cheese, a mini quiche, and a radish item on bread - all one serving per person) and at least 18 sweet items (scones, mini-biscotti, little cakes, etc. - all one serving per person). These items were all amazing and after about 14 small items, you are surprisingly full! My friend is vegetarian and was able to eat everything except the chicken salad sandwich and picked the roast beef off the other sandwich.

(Apologies for the photo being dark, we were hidden in the shade)



(We didn't take this next pic, but I found it online and think it shows you more detail of the delicious food items)




Of course, you can't have scones without all the accoutrements, so there was a tray with clotted cream, raspberry jam, butter, and honey. My friend like the honey so much that she asked about it and we were told that it's made locally in Bermuda and is quite pricey, but the owners grew up with it and think it's worth the extra cost. I couldn't taste the difference, but my friend loved it so much that we checked every grocery store in the area to see if they sold it.

Here is all that remained after our feast:




The operation is run by Nicki and Paula, with one preparing the food in the kitchen and the other serving. I'm not sure whether it was Nicki or Paula that served us, but she was wonderful - we felt like guests that she had invited over for the afternoon.

Tea costs $24 per person and we thought this was an incredible value for the quality AND quantity of items you receive, plus the charming setting. Afternoon tea with Sweet P ranked as one of our favorite experiences in Bermuda and you shouldn't miss it!

One last picture of the beautiful Bermuda Perfumery garden area:

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Not only was the tea at the Perfumery wonderful, the ladies who run it are amazing too! The gardens are lovely, the tea is refreshing(the option of iced tea on the blazing hot Wednesday afternoon we visited was welcome!), and the sweet and savory offerings were delicious(I loved the mismatched China settings!). The perfumery itself is a fascinating place to visit to learn just a tiny bit about perfume making, and it's the birthplace of Lili Bermuda perfumes (and it smells divine inside). The house itself (Stewart Hall) is lovely and also worth the visit.

I found this thread just before my cruise in September, and I'm definitely going back when we visit Bermuda in May; big thanks to irisheileen for asking about Sweet P's!
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Originally posted by iheartbda
Looks like this is something very new. Up until now, one of the few places one could get high tea was at the Fairmont Hamilton or Fairmont Southampton Hotels. Definitely cheaper at Sweet P's. Will be anxious to hear any feedback.

Someone posted that tea is also being served at a place at Dockyard.


Thanks for your replies. I should have said I meant "High Tea" (as they do on Princess - mid-later afternoon). I know we can get tea WJ or Prom....

We may check into SweetP's....Maybe there is something at the dockyard now. Will keep checking.

Safe sails all.
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Originally posted by UANDME4EVER


Thanks for your replies. I should have said I meant "High Tea" (as they do on Princess - mid-later afternoon). I know we can get tea WJ or Prom....

We may check into SweetP's....Maybe there is something at the dockyard now. Will keep checking.

Safe sails all.
I forgot to look around or ask about a place at Dockyard when we were there this past Oct.
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WOW...the pictures and description of the Tea sounds really, REALLY
nice.......I am going to Bermuda in August
Thanks Iheart for posting think on my thread too
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Thanks for bumping this. What a lovely reminder of our gorgeous October afternoon at Sweet P's. Definitely hope to do it again some day.
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Originally posted by goodml
Thanks for bumping this. What a lovely reminder of our gorgeous October afternoon at Sweet P's. Definitely hope to do it again some day.
Hi I will take the ferry to St George and was thinking of going to
Crystal Caves first and then stopping at Swizzle Inn for a drink
Then I would do the 2:00 Tea.
Do you know if that would be doable?
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If you look at my post on the first (I think) page of this thread that's exactly what we did.

Oh wait, we went for the drink after. Those rum sizzles can take you for a ride and we wanted to have all senses in tact for the tea.
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Originally posted by Lois R
Hi I will take the ferry to St George and was thinking of going to
Crystal Caves first and then stopping at Swizzle Inn for a drink
Then I would do the 2:00 Tea.
Do you know if that would be doable?
I was just going to suggest that when I saw the other reply and they're right about the swizzles, they go down too easily.

Lois, I would not give up the tea to eat at the Swizzle Inn, just have a drink there.
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Originally posted by goodml
Ferries to St. George's weren't running last Weds due to rough seas so we took ferry to Hamilton then bus. Stopped at Crystal Caves on the way-water levels were high in the caves due to Rafael so it was half price. We were in the first seating for tea at 2 pm. As the other person mentioned, it's only a couple of blocks from bus or ferry so very walkable. We then took the bus back to Hamilton (with a stop at the Swizzle Inn along the way) and ferry back to the ship.
Now this is what I was wondering...THANK YOU.......
I was trying to figure out what to do on my 2nd day and this is it.
I will take the ferry (hoping the seas will be smooth) and go
to the Caves.....I was trying to figure out if I should do Swizzle Inn
before or after The Tea......so sounds like the Tea first.....then go
for a drink before heading back to the ship!

So, when you get to St George....my question is......how to
get to the Caves and then to the Perfumery and then to the
Swizzle Inn? Are these all walkable or bus to bus?
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Originally posted by iheartbda
I was just going to suggest that when I saw the other reply and they're right about the swizzles, they go down too easily.

Lois, I would not give up the tea to eat at the Swizzle Inn, just have a drink there.
OK....I will go and have a drink there
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Hi!
Thank you folks for posting info on the Afternoon High Tea - I will be going to Bermuda on the Breakaway, Oct. 6th and this is great info for me.
Thank you Lois for posting your daily activities - they are helpful hints for me....you can be sure I will be asking you questions about certain things - bus and ferry info and even the places you might have eaten in...
I have been to Bermuda many years ago when the cruise ships docked on Front Street (that was way back) and anxious to see how the island is now.
Looking forward to your help in my plans
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Originally posted by Lois R
So, when you get to St George....my question is......how to
get to the Caves and then to the Perfumery and then to the
Swizzle Inn? Are these all walkable or bus to bus?
That's a bit of a bizarre itinerary as you'll be sailing into St. George only to leave it for the caves and then have to go BACK to St. George for afternoon tea at the Perfumery. Here are two alternatives:
  1. Take the 7 or 8 bus (8 should be faster) into Hamilton, then transfer to the 3 bus to go to the caves. After that, hop on the 1 or 3 bus to go into St. George and have tea. Then, take the 10 or 11 back towards Hamilton and get off at the Grotto Bay Hotel stop (ask the driver when you get on to let you know) and the Swizzle Inn is a 5 minute walk from there.
  2. Alternatively, instead of the 7 or 8 bus, you can take the ferry into Hamilton and proceed from there.
If your timing lines up, I think this would be more efficient than taking the ferry into St. George, but someone let me know if I'm off.


The Swizzle Inn is relatively close to the caves - even if you have to hop on the bus for a couple stops. I think it makes more sense to do the caves and Swizzle Inn first, since they're near one another, and then do tea, but that's just my opinion. Just get a small rum swizzle and you should be fine.
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#59
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Hi Linda, these boards are great

I can tell you I received an email back from Sweet P's....price for the
Tea is now 28.00 per person and it is offered 3 times 1, 2:30 and 4
and it is only offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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Originally posted by AttilaTheFun
That's a bit of a bizarre itinerary as you'll be sailing into St. George only to leave it for the caves and then have to go BACK to St. George for afternoon tea at the Perfumery. Here are two alternatives:
  1. Take the 7 or 8 bus (8 should be faster) into Hamilton, then transfer to the 3 bus to go to the caves. After that, hop on the 1 or 3 bus to go into St. George and have tea. Then, take the 10 or 11 back towards Hamilton and get off at the Grotto Bay Hotel stop (ask the driver when you get on to let you know) and the Swizzle Inn is a 5 minute walk from there.
  2. Alternatively, instead of the 7 or 8 bus, you can take the ferry into Hamilton and proceed from there.
If your timing lines up, I think this would be more efficient than taking the ferry into St. George, but someone let me know if I'm off.


The Swizzle Inn is relatively close to the caves - even if you have to hop on the bus for a couple stops. I think it makes more sense to do the caves and Swizzle Inn first, since they're near one another, and then do tea, but that's just my opinion. Just get a small rum swizzle and you should be fine.
Hi, I appreciate your thoughts but I don't know anything about
my itinerary being "Bizzare".....I have never been to Hamilton
or St George so it is all new to me. I enjoy ferry rides so that is why
I was choosing to take it to both places.(Hamilton one day) and St George the other. I don't always care about
being efficient and don't understand when you say I will be in St
George and then have to leave? I thought the caves are in St
George as is the Perfurmery......Are they not?