Tea by the Sea
Tea by the Sea
When travelling in luxury around Cape Town, one will become acutely aware of the trending tradition of Afternoon Tea (also known as High Tea to many). In fact, a luxury travel experience would almost be incomplete without it!
In appreciation of this hot option for friends, family and colleagues alike, we scouted some top reviews of exceptional spots to visit whilst you’re in the Mother City.
TOP CHOICE - TWELVE APOSTLES
Voted number four on the Top 25 hotels in Africa in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards, this five-star boutique hotel and spa is neatly nestled at the foot of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, a location which we felt makes this venue stand out from the rest. A beautifully manicured garden surrounded by the wild landscape is the perfect setting for afternoon tea in the Conservatory. You might prefer to take your tea in the Leopard Bar or its balcony, that looks out upon the Atlantic Ocean with unhindered views of the horizon and Lion’s Head. (Get your favourite Instagram filter ready because it’s about to work overtime!)
The bakers among us will appreciate pastries made with real butter and Valrhona chocolate. Freshly prepared on the morning by pastry team Miquetta de Castro and Nivan Ferreira (you know there’s no messing about if a hotel has a pastry team), the tea stand flaunts various finger sandwiches, cheese scones, almond-covered egg mayonnaise sandwich pillows, macaroons, white-chocolate cheesecake, nutty dark-chocolate brownies, vanilla namelaka and chocolate cake, to name a few.
On weekends a high tea buffet is served, which includes a variety of cheeses, preserves, cookies and fruit, in addition to the cake stand. When you’re ready for tea, there are 18 flavours to choose from.
We opted for the vanilla and rose, which was perfect.
From the moment you walk through the front entrance, you feel right at home. Their staff are prepared to go the extra mile, are super friendly and attentive. Although children are welcome, toddlers might be a handful for moms trying to enjoy Darjeeling and Brioche.
We love that you can pick where you’d like to have your tea – the Café Grill, Leopard Bar or Conservatory… We opted to enjoy our eats in the Conservatory, moving to the Leopard Bar’s patio to sip our tea and enjoy one of the best views the Cape has to offer.
Good to know If, like us, you’d prefer a glass of bubbly with your tea, you’re more than welcome to order some by the glass – or bottle, of course.
Cost was around R250 per person (excludes extras) at the time of review. Should you wish to include this in your itinerary, please let our team know and we will arrange the rest!
This blog was written by TIG reviewers Michelle de Bruin and Sabena Faria