Cape Grace High Tea

Gracefully Delectable High Tea

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Grace the Cape Grace with Traditional High Tea

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If you regularly travel in luxury and enjoy the opulent offerings of Cape Town, then you are probably not new to the grand choice of the Cape Grace hotel.

Across from the V&A Waterfront’s shopping precinct and encircled by the beautifully calm yacht marina, the Cape Grace Hotel offers a heady mix of traditional Cape culture and luxury in one. Its impressive location and panoramic views make a definite impression and, as you step through its glass doors, you’re immediately absorbed into the welcoming and luxurious atmosphere of this fine establishment.

The Afternoon Tea selection presents a three-tiered platter of tasty finger sandwiches (egg mayonnaise with rocket and cream cheese and cucumber), a bite-sized smoked salmon and avocado mousse savoury, and sweet and savoury scones, with lemon curd (so good), butter, strawberry jam and whipped cream to spread. As well as a trayful of mouth-watering sweet treats, including blueberry macaroons and mini lemon meringues. (There are other tea menu options here.)

There are some delicious, loose-leaf teas to try – including the sweet, raspberry-coloured Fruit Infusions and the unusual Pomegranate-flavoured White Tea blends. Your standard, single tea option is presented in a clear teapot, accompanied by pristine white teacups and saucers, and a useful, hourglass timer, allowing you to perfectly time (and watch) the straining tea.

Afternoon tea is served in The Library or out on the terrace, which has wonderful views of the marina. The Library is richly furnished with wingback chairs and settees, sturdy glass tables, vibrant Cape Protea displays and glittering chandeliers dotted throughout, but there’s a distinct comfortableness that immediately puts you at ease.

The sheltered terrace has a slightly more relaxed feel, despite its impressive, sweeping glass-front views and smart, equally comfortable tables and chairs.

The attentive staff are extremely efficient and welcoming, and you dine like royalty as the waitron brings everything straight to your table at your request. If you visit during late afternoon, our team recommend sitting out on the terrace, as it’s particularly lovely around sunset.

The original review was written for TIG by Tamlyn Ryan.

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