61 Pitts Bay Road • Pembroke HM08
441-295-1640 • rosedon.com
The Rosedon Hotel wasn’t always a hotel. The elegant mansion was built in 1906 as the private home of E.J. Thompson, who purchased the land, sight unseen, by cable from England and then commissioned a close friend from Boston to draw up the plans. The property has undergone a number of changes since then, transitioning in the 1950s to a small guesthouse with just five rooms, then gradually to the grand, 40-room hotel it is today.
One thing hasn’t changed much over the years, however. “Afternoon tea has been a longstanding tradition at the hotel since its inception more than 60 years ago, and a lot of love and preparation go into it,” says Lesiline Williams, the Rosedon’s reservations and marketing manager. “From the polishing of the silver service to the making of the delicious sandwiches and baked goods, the staff takes pride in each task.”
Afternoon tea, which is complimentary for hotel guests, is served in the Main House daily on vintage English bone china from Royal Kendal, Royal Albert, Colclough, and others. Sandwiches include tuna, smoked salmon, or cucumber with cream cheese, while the changing menu of fresh-baked goods prepared on-site features favorites like banana bread, gingerbread, carrot cake, scones, and “sugar cookies just like Grandma used to make.”
“Teatime provides the perfect ambiance for our guests to meet and share stories of their adventures on the island,” Lesiline says. “Many lifelong friendships have been fostered over a cup of Rosedon tea.”