Friday, July 29, 2022

Show Me The Honey: The Honeyholic Afternoon Tea for Two at The Writers Bar in Raffles Makati Hotel

A generous dab of honey is all it takes to transform anything usual into something truly special. Show me the honey with afternoon tea at The Writers Bar...

The Writers Bar at Raffles Makati Hotel is buzzing once more with an elegant sweet spin on traditional afternoon tea. The latest edition of afternoon tea features real organic honey harvested from the hotel's very own bee farm for another unique concept with Honeyholic Afternoon Tea for Two starting July 29 onwards. Read on for a sneak peek...

From premium black teas and exclusive tea blends to coffee, The Writers Bar at Raffles Makati Hotel lays out a luxurious set for another memorable afternoon tea experience. Through the years, The Writers Bar at Raffles Makati Hotel has been known for their concept driven afternoon tea offerings and this latest edition continues the tradition setting it apart from the usual for an experience that's uniquely different and special.

This time, The Writers Bar infuses a sweet and indulgent spin to the afternoon tea experience with honey harvested from their very own bee farm for a unique touch (for more on the creative afternoon tea concepts at The Writers Bar, see my previous posts, Afternoon Tea with a New York Twist at The Writers Bar on a Kate Spade themed afternoon tea from 2014, Breakfast at Tiffany's? Make That Afternoon Tea at Tiffany's. At The Writers Bar... on a Holly Golightly inspired afternoon tea from 2016, Tea with a French Accent: The Royal Afternoon Tea Series Featuring Marie Antoinette at The Writers Bar on afternoon tea with a royal spin from 2017, Doing It Right: Tea Etiquette at The Writers Bar's Queen Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea on the proper way of enjoying afternoon tea also from 2017 and Old World Colonial Elegance and Provencal Flavors: A Weekend at Raffles Makati Hotel with afternoon tea as one of the many highlights of a memorable stay from five years ago). 

And natural organic honey is something Raffles Makati Hotel knows very well. To this day, I still remember enjoying their selection of gourmet cheeses drizzled with honey at the property's other outlets from many years back. In fact, honey is often showcased in a variety of masterfully executed creations at Raffles Makati Hotel... these indulgent luxury pralines made with authentic Raffles Makati Honey sourced directly from their bee farm draped in chocolate. And like all their previous afternoon tea offerings, there's always a story that binds everything together in an elegant and seamless experience. Honey is the inspiration for the latest afternoon tea concept...

...and The Writers Bar is the perfect setting for another lavish tradition in true Raffles style. The elegant space with its bright splash of vibrant colors is washed by natural light from the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows softened by the pristine white drapes. The soothing tunes from a piano completes the vibe at The Writers Bar. 

The afternoon tea tradition has long been a part of the Raffles Makati Hotel experience, and I still remember my very first time almost eight years ago at The Writers Bar every time I visit (more on my post here at Afternoon Tea with a New York Twist at The Writers Bar from 2014). The tradition is now part of the mainstream and remains a popular attraction at The Writers Bar. 

To begin your afternoon tea experience at The Writers Bar, select your tea blend (or coffee if you prefer). I've always enjoyed the bold notes of black tea and the Alfonso hits all the right notes capped by subtle fruity hints. The Alfonso is an exclusive blend of black tea and rare mango with a secret combination of tea fruits and flowers combining for deep and robust flavors with a fragrant floral aroma and sweet fruity finish. It's the perfect blend for the honey-infused sweet and savory creations of Executive Chef Bela Rieck for the Honeyholic Afternoon Tea themed offering at The Writers Bar. 

Properly steeped, you're ready for that first pour...

...warming the palate with its rich and flavorful depth with each sip. A spot of milk adds a layer of creamy notes enhancing the deep flavors of the Alfonso tea blend. One more sip and you're ready for some tasty nibbles created by Executive Chef Bela Rieck for the Honeyholic Afternoon Tea experience. 

The elaborate three-tiered set of culinary creations by Executive Chef Bela Rieck inspired by the comforting yet indulgent richness of honey is specifically curated to pair with the celebrated tea selection at The Writers Bar.

At the top of the tier, Executive Chef Bela Rieck teases the palate while showcasing a selection of intricate bite-sized nibbles of pure culinary art with his Florentine Honey Cookies, Almond and Honey Layered Cake Slice and Financier Miel. Each creation is distinct from the other, tied together by the unique and decadent hints of honey. 

At the bottom of the tier, more sweet treats await like the Honey Meringue TartRicotta Honey Paté de Créme and Honey Chestnut Choux sweetened with the deep nutty richness of honey. 

In the middle tier, a savory selection brings a new set of equally rich flavors to the palate with Executive Chef Bela Rieck's tasty Brioche Roll with Goat Cheese and Honey, Prosciutto & Manchego in a Honey Mustard Sandwich, Arugula & Honey Feta Sandwich, Foie Gras Mousse, Honey and Sesame Tuile and Mini Quiche Lorraine with Honey Cured Bacon. The subtle sharpness of the savory components are mellowed by a whisper of distinct sweetness from the honey for that delicately balanced blend of sweet and salty notes. A sip of the refreshing Alfonso tea blend completes both the flavors and the experience. Inspired by Raffles Makati Hotel's maintaining its own bee farm, Executive Chef Bela Rieck described it as a unique "luxury" and highlighted the advantages of homemade authentic honey with a set of tasty bite-sized creations.  

Going from the top to the bottom tier is the formal way of enjoying afternoon tea but you're free to follow your own rules (if you're curious about proper tea etiquette, see my post Doing It Right: Tea Etiquette at The Writers Bar's Queen Victoria Royal Afternoon Tea moderated by Protocol Specialist Sheila Viesca at The Writers Bar from 2017). 

Classic and Honey Scones complete the lavish tea set served with clotted cream, homemade Raffles Makati Honey and a selection of jams and preserves. Each tier, each bite and each creation brings tradition and an inspired creative flair to your Honeyholic Afternoon Tea experience at The Writers Bar.

After more than two years of the quarantine experience, the afternoon tea offering at The Writers Bar is the perfect way to catch up with friends and family for a leisurely afternoon of soothing libations and tasty nibbles. Available daily, simply pick your date and you're all set to enjoy the Honeyholic Afternoon Tea of Raffles Makati Hotel

And speaking of libations, the Honeyholic Afternoon Tea experience adds yet another layer of interesting possibilities with the Queen Bee.

An artisanal honey-based cocktail, the Queen Bee is another soothing blend that can be enjoyed at The Writers Bar with an upgrade of P 800 for two with the Honeyholic Afternoon Tea package. 

The Honeyholic Afternoon Tea offering at The Writers Bar includes an alcohol-free beverage as part of the package, the Honeyholic Mocktail with its blend of citrusy tartness and sweetness from the artisanal honey. The refreshing notes cleanses the palate for the perfect ending to another memorable afternoon tea experience at The Writers Bar. 

From its wide selection of exclusive tea blends to inspired culinary creations, mocktails and cocktails, The Writers Bar at Raffles Makati Hotel once again elevates the tea experience with its innovative yet traditional Honeyholic Afternoon Tea experience. 

You can now indulge and enjoy the Honeyholic Afternoon Tea for Two at The Writers Bar in Raffles Makati Hotel for P 2,300 with coffee or tea of your choice for two and Honeyholic mocktails starting July 29, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm daily. You can also upgrade with two Queen Bee Cocktails for only P 800. Advanced reservations are recommended via  It's time to show me the honey, at The Writers Bar... 

The Writers Bar is located at the lobby level of Raffles Makati Hotel, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, 1224 Makati City or call 28555 9777 for inquiries. You can also visit their FB Page at for more updates.

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