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Tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace

Belmond Reid's Palace Tea

A unique experience that we recommend our clients while visiting Madeira, is to enjoy the afternoon tea at the Belmond Reid’s Palace.

The historic hotel is located on top of a cliff, therefore it has a magnificent view of the Funchal Harbor and is surrounded by lush subtropical gardens. Since its construction in 1891 by Scotsman William Reid, it quickly became an attraction to European royalty and English aristocracy.

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Winston Churchill, Emperor Karl Von Habsburg, Roger Moore, Gregory Peck, dramatist George Bernard Shaw and more recently Jean-Marie Le Pen and Stephanie of Monaco, are some of the important guests the luxury hotel has welcomed.

Afternoon Tea:

“Anticipate a truly timeless affair.”

Certainly, the afternoon tea is a unique and very special experience that you shouldn’t miss!

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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The 36€ Menu includes delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and homemade pastries, all accompanied by your choice from a selection of 24 teas (green, black or infusions). For the champagne lovers, you can also request a glass of champagne for 18,50€ more.

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Tea is served in the hotel’s beautiful terrace with a breathtaking view over the City Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. If you want, you can also enjoy a botanical tour of the hotel subtropical gardens. The stroll through the gardens happens twice a week.

Belmond Reid's Garden

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The afternoon tea is available daily from 3pm to 4:30pm. The hotel dress code for the afternoon tea is smart casual dress, as a result, no sportswear or shorts allowed.

To visit the Hotel’s Afternoon Tea Menu, click here.

Have you experienced the afternoon tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace in Madeira? Tell us about it!

Afternoon tea at Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira

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Best “Tascas” in Lisbon

If you want to be authentic and eat like a local, you should definitely go to a “Tasca”. And what is this thing that all the Portuguese people love so much?

“Tascas” are known to be inexpensive, most of the times they are tiny spaces that serve home-style food in large portions at affordable prices. The only risk here is that you might feel so comfortable that it would seem like you’re at home. These traditional places are great to learn more about Portuguese culture because for us Portuguese, having a meal is an important part of our daily routine.

Here are some of the ones that I highly recommend:

 

This is the kind of place that feels like home, it is very typical and familiar. Even the paving (floor) is typical from Portugal, the Calçada Portuguesa, one of the oldest features of the city, it is one of Lisbon’s trademarks.

Contacts: Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-259 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 21 347 9243.

 

This is the best place for “petiscos” (typical tasty delicacies similar to tapas) like moelas or pataniscas. This is the typical Tasca, where you have the traditional environment of a tavern, with the aluminum display case and the enormous jugs of wine.

Contacts: Rua dos Sapateiros, 230 Lisboa 1100-581.213425135. https://www.facebook.com/Merendinha-do-Arco-363697533735831/

 

This Tasca is very known for the Fado (popular Portuguese music genre), here you can eat traditional Portuguese food while enjoying traditional Fado music, normally accompanied by Portuguese guitar.

Contacts: R. do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 961 339 696. http://www.tascadochico.com/

 

The best dish to eat here is the “bacalhau” (codfish), this restaurant, located in Mouraria has tasteful traditional Portuguese food.

Contacts: R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-584 Lisboa, Portugal. +351 21 886 5436.

 

This place has all the traditional Portuguese food you can think of, the pleasant atmosphere allows you to taste some of the best wines of Portugal. It’s the perfect combination between a restaurant and a tavern.

Contacts: Rua dos Fanqueiros, 161, Lisboa. 218 870 290.

 

This is definitely an affordable place that you don’t want to skip. The barbecue, especially the entrecosto (pork ribs) is great and served in big portions so that you can share it.

Contacts: Beco dos Surradores, 3, Lisboa. +351 218 869 641.

 

  • Rui do Barrote

The “picanha”, “maminha” and “bitoque” steak are a must try, this restaurant has great beef and well-grilled strips that you should not miss. It is in Marvila, a neighborhood that is becoming a hot spot.

Contacts: Rua Zofimo Pedroso 33, Lisbon 1950-290, Portugal. +351 21 868 9300.

 

Tascas are very simple, cheap and typical but the pleasant flavor is appreciated by everyone. The food is well served, looks homemade and the dishes are typical Portuguese foods. It’s a great way to know more about Portuguese Culture without breaking the bank!

 

Written by Ines Andrade e Sousa, Master in Tourism and Communication.

 

References:

AFAR: The Experiential Travel Guide (2019). Retrieved from https://www.afar.com/

New in Town (2019). Retrieved from https://nit.pt/

Time Out Lisboa https://www.timeout.pt/lisboa/pt

A tasca do Chico http://www.tascadochico.com/

Taberna da baixa https://www.tabernadabaixa.pt/

Pastéis de Nata VS Pastéis de Belém

By Inês Andrade e Sousa

Pastel de Nata or “Portuguese custard tart” is one of the most known delicacies of Portugal. It is a delicious Portuguese egg tart pastry with a history behind.

The traditional Pastéis de Nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon.

Years later, when the Pastéis de Nata began to become famous, the original recipe was sold to the bakery Antiga Confeitaria de Belém (located in Belém, a district of Lisbon). Then they renamed them “Pastéis de Belém”.

This delicacy is made with puff pastry (massa folhada) and the custard is a simple mixture of flour, milk, sugar, cinnamon, water, vanilla, and egg yolks.

So, in practical terms which are the major differences between Pastéis de Nata and Pastéis de Belém?

  • Pastéis de Belém are only sold in the bakery called “Pastéis de Belém”, they adapted the original recipe to their own (and have kept it a secret). The Pastéis de Belém are more creamy, crunchier and the crust is thinner than the Pastéis de Nata.
  • Pastéis de Nata, the original ones, are sweeter, the inside is more yellow than the others, and some people say that they taste like the inside of a marshmallow.

My personal choice goes to………… PASTÉIS DE BELÉM!! Mostly because of the crust, they are delicious!

However, both Pastéis de Belém and Pastéis de Nata are a cultural treasure of Portugal. To go to Lisbon and not try them is a crime!

 

Inês has a Master’s degree in Tourism and Communication. She is a native Portuguese, born and raised in Lisbon who has a passion for tourism, traveling and Portuguese heritage.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TourAzores, any other agency, organization, employer or company.

Lapas

Lapas Grelhadas

Lapas are one of the various types of seafood that you can eat in the Azores.  Within the islands they are served either fresh or grilled, personally we like them grilled with lemon.

Lapas Grelhadas with Lemon

Most restaurants serve the dish as an appetizer, and its usually best paired with an ice cold beer, or Laranjada.