The bee and the tea

Something sweet has been drawing afternoon tea lovers to Raffles Makati this month of June.

The first-ever harvest of honey from Raffles Makati’s own in-house bee colony is the main ingredient in its unique selection of sweet and savory canapes.

As a keen steward of sustainability, the hotel takes pride in its own honey, deliciously encapsulated in an exquisite selection that was creatively curated by the hotel’s executive chef, Bèla Rieck, to showcase the flavorful experiences that is found only in honey.

Among these treats are honey dates wrapped in prosciutto skewers, honey gorgonzola and arugula sandwich, Tahini and honey macarons, to name a few. Guests are welcomed to partake in the sweet reverie experience until 30 June.

The exclusive launch of Honeylicious Afternoon Tea was hosted by the Raffles and Fairmont Makati’s director of Sales and Marketing Eugene Tamesis and hotel manager Aubrey Ada, and was well attended by special guests from the diplomatic community, key opinion leaders and influencers.

The hotel’s executive committee was also present, including cluster general manager Bernd Schneider and director of Food and Beverage Anne-Sophie Hurtaud.

The event was filled with excitement as the attendees had the opportunity to create their own flower bouquet with the masterful guidance from Bloomingails’, Gaile Ang. Guests of the event were also treated to taste the freshly extracted honey, after its extraction demonstration executed by Chef Bèla and bee keeper Katya Rieck.

The Writers Bar at Raffles Makati is open daily from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., where Afternoon Tea is served on a Reservations Only basis from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each set for two starts at P2,900 nett with optional upgrades for mocktail, cocktails and champagne.

Reservations are required to enjoy afternoon tea and other offerings at The Writers Bar. Reservations can be made at