This legendary 213-year-old Mount Lavinia Hotel occupied the site which was once the residence of the Governor of British Ceylon, perched strategically on a hillock with a dramatic view of the rugged coastline towards the south of the city of Colombo.
Mount Lavinia’s sumptious Governor’s Restaurant serves a good English afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, mignardises, canapes and scones with cream & strawberry jam.
It was a dreadfully hot day, and we actually opted for iced coffee instead of hot tea. Either we had been very deprived earlier, or these were the best iced coffee we’d ever had.
My favourite item in the afternoon tea set was actually a large breadcrumb-encrusted, golden-fried prawn, which came perched on a raft of finger sandwiches (cucumber, smoked salmon and chicken). Two coin-sized spinach-cheese tartlets completed that middle-tier of the 3-tier serving tray.
I usually skip the top tier as I am not a big fan of sweets & cakes. My dining companion declared the eclairs to be very good.
The bottom tier, filled with two types of scones - plain and with raisin, were exceptional. But they served a heavy cream, rather than clotted cream, with a tasty strawberry jam.
Overall, I enjoyed the English afternoon tea here much more than the version served at Galle Face Hotel.
Mount Lavinia Hotel
No 100, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia
Tel: +94 11 2711711
Afternoon tea: 3pm to 6pm daily.