Thursday, August 25, 2011

Afternoon Tea @ Jim Thompson Tea Room, Cameron Highlands Resort

When the clock strikes four, everything stops for tea - Jack Buchanan.

Afternoon tea is served daily at the Jim Thompson Tea Room in Cameron Highlands Resort from 3pm-6pm. 3pm was a little early since we finished lunch an hour ago, but come 4pm, we were ready. We seated ourselves in the comfortable seats outdoors facing the koi pond... how blissful.

What sets the afternoon tea experience here apart from its counterparts in Malaysia is definitely the ambience. Surrounded by lush greenery and cool air, it almost feels like being in a country house in England.

Beautiful setting

The afternoon tea, traditionally known as low tea, is laid out beautifully in a 3-tiered stand, very much like the one in their sister hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur. Priced at RM60/2 person or RM35 per person, the afternoon tea here was very popular. We spotted many Japanese tourists stopping here in bus loads just for the afternoon tea.

The tea selection at the resort focuses on local varieties namely the finest Boh teas from Cameron Highlands. Once again, we settled for the Bukit Cheding no. 53 which went well with both savouries and sweets.

Service with a smile from this young chap

Tea selection - finest teas from Cameron Highlands

Tea for my lady

Reading tea leaves?

A nice cuppa

The 3-tier afternoon tea boasted a selection of freshly baked English scones, fresh strawberries, savoury sandwiches, and an assortment of delectable looking pastries and cakes.

One of my favorite parts of afternoon tea are the scones. Unfortunately, the scones here were disappointing since they were not light enough. I was really hoping they would be as good as the ones we had at Ritz. At least they were warm and a slathering of homemade strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream did do some wonders. The chocolate sauce served with the strawberries this time was of proper dipping consistency.

Strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce.. yum yum.

I did not think much of the tuna sandwich, but the other fillings (smoked salmon, egg and cress, cream cheese and cucumber) were decent.

Savoury sandwiches

The assortment of cakes were my favorite tier for this particular afternoon tea. I especially enjoyed the chocolate pyramid, a mixture of dark and milk chocolate and was rich and creamy inside. The cake topped with strawberries and cream was also very delicious. The lemon cake was light and tangy. The other two cakes were not particularly memorable, think it was fruit cake and something else.

Cakes galore

All things sweet and pretty

My favorite that afternoon - chocolate pyramid

Strawberries and cream cake
Lemon cake

Calla lily

Do check out the song "Everything Stops For Tea", it's rather amusing (lyrics here. ) Here's a few verses from the song:
Every nation in creation has its favourite drink
France is famous for its wine, it's beer in Germany
Turkey has its coffee and they serve it blacker than ink
Russians go for vodka and England loves its tea

Oh, the factories may be roaring
With a boom-a-lacka, zoom-a-lacka, wee
But there isn't any roar when the clock strikes four
Everything stops for tea

Oh, a lawyer in a courtroom
In the middle of an alimony plea
Has to stop and help 'em pour when the clock strikes four
Everything stops for tea

Full set of photos available to view here. Click here to read my other reviews for Cameron Highlands Resort, breakfast in The Dining Room and lunch in The Jim Thompson Lounge / Tea Room.

Afternoon tea is served from 3-6pm daily.

Service: Good.

Price: RM35++ per person or RM60++/2 person. The afternoon tea is complimentary for those under the YTL Platinum Package.

Location: Cameron Highlands Resort, By The Golf Course, 39000 Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.

Tel: 05-491 1100

GPS Coordinates: 4.469834, 101.369433



  1. ooo, i had never heard of the phrase "low tea" before. had to google it! interesting :D

  2. Ye Olde Smokehouse Cameron Highlands serves the best scones rite?

  3. Sean: I think nowadays most hotels just call it afternoon tea or high tea, though I feel the latter is not really the right term for it.

  4. Melissa: Not sure since I havent tried those before, but the best I've had was at Ritz-Carlton KL. Really light and fluffy!

  5. i agree that ritz carlton kl's scones are the best!

  6. afternoon tea! love it.
    i havent try the scone at ritz, but the one at smokehouse is good

  7. Ai Wei: You should give the Ritz-Carlton KL one a try... really nice ambience plus lovely 3-tier. Service very good also.

  8. The scone was hard, is it? Can see it from the outlook of it >.<

  9. Choi Yen: Not hard, but the texture like a bun/bread.

  10. Wow, seems like you like afternoon tea a lot! Hehe, I love them too, find it hard to resist. Didn't know why but I enjoy cucumber sandwich a lot, even though it's quite plain and simple. Hehe, read your review on Ritz, would be interested to visit that place!

  11. Eat Only Lar: Yeah I do... Ritz shd definitely be on yr to-try list. Do try some in UK if you have a chance too, would love to read about it.

  12. The chocolate pyramid looks interesting - was it a sponge cake?

  13. Very serene tye of place to enjoy afternoon tea

  14. Pureglutton: Nah it's not a sponge cake, if I remember it right, it's just rich and creamy chocolate.

  15. Small Kucing: Yeah it's a really nice place.

  16. Oh I love the lyrics! I miss an afternoon English tea! Never knew we had a Jim Thompson house in CH (love the one in Bangkok) so will make note! Looked like a lovely spread.

  17. Nothing like afternoon tea when you're high up in the mountains! Perfect combination :)

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