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Afternoon tea at Reid's Palace Hotel

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23.11.2007

Advantages:
Good service with a feel good ambience

Disadvantages:
none  -  do it .

Recommendable Yes:

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Quality of Food & DrinkExcellent

Family FriendlyAverage

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Taking afternoon tea on the terrace at the historic Reid's Palace Hotel is a bit of a must do thing while on holiday in Madeira. We stayed at the Pestana Grand in September 2007 and they were happy to book a table for two for us at Reid's Palace hotel.

I was a little concerned about going to Reid's Palace because taking afternoon tea isn't really a regular holiday activity for me. I am more likely to be taking an afternoon hair of the dog!

We were a bit put off the idea by our guidebook which said that evening dress had to be worn in the dining rooms and that gentlemen had to be appropriately attired in other areas. Not being sure what appropriate attire was I wore the best I had available - a pair of chinos and a short sleeved linen shirt, my wife wore trousers and a neat top but we were far from looking posh. When we were shown onto the terrace we were relieved to see that everyone else had pretty much the same idea, phew.

As soon as we got onto the terrace overlooking the garden we realised how sensible it was to book early. We got envious looks, at least thats what we like to think, from people who were seated at tables away from the balcony. We had prime position and felt pretty smug about it. So smug that we ordered a glass of champagne each before our tea. I cant remember what the champagne cost but as it was a once in a lifetime thing it didnt matter.

The afternoon tea was I think about 20 each and for that you got a pot of tea each which you chose from a decent list. The Reid's palace blend was so nice that we bought some in their gift shop. Included in the price and served with the tea were plate stands with a selection of sandwiches and 6 cream cakes. Scones with jam and cream were also served. The service was excellent and the food very good. We felt ever so good doing this, it was really civilised and we just felt happy.

We did this on our last full day before leaving Madeira and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the island.

P.s. I just completed the criteria ratings and wasnt sure what to put for 'family friendly' so put average. Thinking about it our afternoon tea would have been completely spoiled if there had been kids crying or running about so please, please for the sake of yourselves and others there don't take your kids with you. Adults only !!

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poshtroika 23.11.2007 11:35

Very good, we are off to Maderia in Feb, so will certainly give this a go, Regards Steve

Bollinger28 23.11.2007 09:38

This place has a fantastic reputation - glad to hear it's still going strong. Lexy

just.bcoz 23.11.2007 01:35

.,`,,`,Great Review .,`,,`, :o) Lisa x

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Rating 5 Stars
Rooms 164
Type Hotel
Address Estrada Monumental 139, 9000-098 Funchal
City Funchal
Country Portugal
County Madeira Islands

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This review of Reid's Palace, Funchal has been rated:

"very helpful" by (79%):

  1. rd52169
  2. paulpry118
  3. Claiiiree

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"helpful" by (21%):

  1. eljimbob
  2. Bollinger28
  3. sit2020

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