Teatime at the Pen

If there was one place in the Metro where you can really chill out in style, it will have to be the Lobby of the Manila Peninsula. The Lobby exudes an understated elegance. Anybody will feel right at home. With palm trees reaching its sky-high ceilings, this is the best way to enjoy an island feel without sweating it out in the summer sun.



It is a toss-up if you ask me if I like the Lobby at the Pen better in the daytime or nighttime. But daytime here would be a hands-down choice for the fans of its Afternoon Tea Buffet.

Afternoon tea was never a Pinoy thing. We knew only siestas and meriendas.  But thanks to the Peninsula, we are hooked on this concept!

It offers a modest spread of snacks, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Plus your choice of coffee or a fancy list of teas. The cost is quite steep at P1,350 per adult, but you can stay on for three hours- from 2:30-5:30 in the afternoon. By all means,  hang out. Fill up for either a late lunch or early dinner. Or both! 🙂 Pardon me, that’s my cheapskate self talking.

But if you ask me, I’d pay that price for the ambiance, the live orchestra playing from the Concourse, and these adorable pieces of china!


I have this habit of turning dinnerware over to check the brand of the china they use. My aunt Olivia taught me well. Her tabletop expertise rubbed a bit on me. The dainty flower design is a discontinued collection called “Haddon Hall” by the longtime English brand Minton’s Ltd. Minton was established in 1793, but was acquired by tableware brand Royal Doulton in the 1980s. (Thanks Wikipedia for this tidbit!)

Perhaps the Peninsula acquired the whole line of Haddon Hall to service their Afternoon Tea patrons. Might I say, good job!!

No matter what the offerings, you will have the staples that will never disappoint. Go straight to the scones with lemon curd and clotted cream. Load up on the famed Peninsula chocolate treats. Keep in mind the eclairs and profiteroles — sooo sooo good!

We will soon be back, and swoon for tea in the afternoon!




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