Tea Lounge (Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya).

A medley of colonial charm, bygone history and luxurious architecture, Grand Hotel is an iconic landmark in Nuwara Eliya that one should not miss visiting.  We happen to come across it during our review of Tea Lounge, the latest branch of Dilmah's t-Lounge chain. 

Food & Drinks

Tea Lounge does a range of pizzas, sandwiches, crepes and a few other snacks, and of course, tea and tea-based drinks – a whole lot of it. 

We were in for a heavy lunch, as the cold weather in Nuwara Eliya makes you hungrier than usual and therefore ended up ordering a Middle East Pizza (Rs. 1200) and a Pink Lady Sandwich (Rs. 1200).

Essentially a concoction of lamb, white kidney beans, marinara sauce and mozzarella, the Middle East Pizza was a good one. They hadn't skimped on the lamb, so every bite was a meaty treat. Perfectly crispy and not at all doughy, the crust here was well-executed too.

Coupled with the stringy mozzarella and the tangy notes of the sauce that enrich its flavour, it's a good purchase if you find yourself at the Tea Lounge. However, in some instances, these flavours were a bit subdued by the lamb. My lunch partners didn't seem to enjoy that. 
Constructed with three types of bread, chicken, cheese and veggies, the Pink Lady arrived with the sides of potato wedges and tomato ketchup. 

We liked the presentation of this one. Firstly, you see the black bread on top, followed by a layer of chicken which had a slightly smoky taste to it. And then lies the brown bead, with a slice of cheese underneath. That and the pile of veggies are tucked in between the brown and white bread slices. All three types of bread were fluffy, fresh and airy. 

The layer of veggies was comprised of tomato, cucumber, lettuce and onions, which were absolutely fresh and crunchy. Unfortunately, it seemed to overpower the flavours of the other elements at play. A little less veggies and more chicken should easily fix this matter. 

We absolutely enjoyed the wedges though. Chunky and soft, yet with a crispy, well-seasoned coating to its outside, they were a delight. 
Light Golden in colour, this cup of Jade Butterfly Tea (Rs. 500) had a strong, yet soothing character. Best paired with something sweet. 

We weren't quite pleased about the Kandy Vodka (Rs. 1600). The signature tea kahata kicks were there, but the vodka flavour was almost non-existent. 

Ambience & Service

Adorned with the graceful colonial structure of the Grand Hotel, the ambience at the Tea Lounge is quite beautiful. On one side, it opens to the front yard of the hotel, and extends to an outdoor dining space as well. 

The service here was, in fact, better than what we experienced during our visits to their Colombo branch. The staff was prompt, polite and helpful. Our bill took a while to arrive, but given that it was an almost full-house situation, we didn't really mind it. 


It's a solid choice to have a cuppa whenever you're in Nuwara Eliya, and their food isn't half bad either. With a couple of tweaks here and there, they can easily improve, and we are looking forward to it. 

*Photographs courtesy of: @raveen.re
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Ramada High Tea buffet – 2023

High Teas are quite the “Fash-un” these days, and we are stepping into a trendy


Street Burger Hitting It Off With The Festive Menu!

By Shamrina Carim Christmas has gotten merrier with their mouth watering Festive menu this December

Highlights Kamu

Indulge your cravings at Indulge Desserts. Co

By RR Everyone’s favourite spot for a well-deserved chocolate overdose has opened their doors in


Trying Scope Kitchen’s new menu – Dec 2022

By Hashini Pathirana Scope Cinemas, ever since their launch as Sri Lanka’s first multi-sensory luxury


Cinnamon Lakeside’s delicious High Tea spread- 2022

Cinnamon Lakeside has made an exotic appearance at the main lounge, serving a range of


Cooking with the Silvermill Coconut Culinary Range

As a Sri Lankan, can you imagine cooking without coconut? It is a universally accepted

Highlights Kamu


Celebrate A Love To Remember This Valentine’s At Hilton Colombo

Colombo, Sri Lanka – 30 January 2023 – February calls for yet another joyous occasion to celebrate


Hilton Colombo Goes ‘Coconuts’

Unique Coconut infused dishes at Café Kai Colombo, Sri Lanka – 23 January 2023 - Café


Emperor’s Wok Celebrates Chinese New Year With Auspicious Cantonese Dishes

Hilton Colombo’s Chinese restaurant will offer a Reunion set menu, in addition to À la


Uber’s 2022 Cravings report reveals Sri Lanka’s love and hate relationship with onions

Uber looked at how you ordered on UberEats last year and discovered Sri Lanka’s love


Courtyard By Marriott Debuts In Sri Lanka With The Opening Of Courtyard By Marriott Colombo

Courtyard by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands, today announced the


What you missed at the Fairway Street Food Festival

By Hashini Pathirana Renowned to be known as one of the finest City hotels in

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

7 Places to Hike in 2023

Have you ever thought of arranging a travel bucket list to climb a mountain this

Highlights Yamu Guide

Yamu’s Top Restaurant Picks for 2023

New Year, New Reviews? Say “hell yeah”! We have sorted out a few restaurants that

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 movies to look forward to in 2023

With the passing of another year, brings us a set of new movies to cherish

Highlights Yamu Guide

Gym Round Up 2023

By RR This one's for all of you who’ve had that exact same new year

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 New Year’s Eve Parties in Colombo (2022)

By RR That’s another year down and boy, what a year it’s been.  It’s time

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Places to buy Christmas Decorations

By Hashini Pathirana In the spirit of Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year,

Yamu Guide