Saturday, 9 May 2015

When Jemma suggested afternoon tea on our next day off together, I was very excited at the prospect of scones. I really, really love scones! So much so that one night when I was living back at home with my parents, my mum and I drove to Tesco at around 9pm as we had a late night craving for scones with clotted cream and jam. Like mother like daughter!

Jemma booked us a table in the Sarab Lounge at the St Regis hotel. When we arrived, a table had been laid up for us outside, overlooking the beautiful St Regis pool, beach, and the Gulf. As usual, Jemma stole the show with a beautifully elegant floral dress, and as usual I had wardrobe envy!
It was very humid today, so we only lasted five minutes before asking if we could retreat into the air conditioned sanctuary of the Sarab Lounge. The good weather here in Doha literally seems to last five minutes before the Summer humidity creeps in and being outdoors becomes unbearable. Doha problems!

We selected the Lady Caroline Astor afternoon tea package, picked our teas (Moroccan Mint for both of us), and sat back on the comfortable lounge sofas, eagerly awaiting our food.

It was worth the wait!
A selection of five delicious sandwiches (our waitress very kindly swapped out the fillings that Jemma and I didn't like, in favour of one of the other fillings), four small yet perfectly formed freshly baked scones (hidden wrapped in a serviette in the photo) served up with clotted cream and homemade jam, and a selection of miniature desserts to finish.

Everything was delicious. The staff were lovely and very attentive to us all afternoon but by no means intrusive, and we were left to chat for ages after we had finished eating (finishing up with a discussion about Politics!) before settling the bill.

The Lady Caroline Astor package costs 149QR per person, and I would really recommend the St Regis Sarab Lounge if you are looking for afternoon tea in a really relaxed setting. Despite the surrounding opulence of the hotel, it really did feel like we were sat chatting and eating in one of our living rooms. A vast contrast to our last afternoon tea at the Ritz, which was a little more formal.

There are several afternoon tea packages available at the Sarab Lounge - next time we might have to indulge in this decadent spread!

For reservations, call +974 4446 0105 or email

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