The Mother City is certainly known for its sense of occasion, so why not throw on your finest dining wear and indulge in some luxury? Here are 5 places for High Tea in Cape Town that will have you reveling in picturesque culinary paradise.
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
A Cape Townian gem that needs no introduction, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel has institutionalised High Tea as one of the most pleasurable ways in which to spend an afternoon. Take in the spectacular mountain views from the comfort of a light, airy lounge while sipping on signature Mount Nelson tea. And of course, don’t forget about the table piled high with smoked salmon sandwiches, lemon meringue pies, and freshly baked scones. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, +27 21 483 1000
The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort
It may seem like an oxymoron, but in our increasingly nutrition-conscious world, a Low Carb High Tea was definitely just around the corner. Indulge yourself without breaking your LCHF virtues in this gorgeous Constantia garden, complete with a non-dieters menu in case your company dares to complain. For the Banters and carb-conscious, stack plates high with crispy prawns, dark chocolate and beetroot cupcakes, roasted red peppers and goat’s cheese tarts and yoghurt honey panna cotta. The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort, +27 217942137
The Kirstenbosch Tea Room
What could be more magical than High Tea followed by a walk in an emerald, flower-studded paradise? That’s exactly what’s on offer at The Kirstenbosch Tea Room. Indulge in platters of petit fours, mini cinnamon butter buns and delicate sandwiches while the ambience of natural peace glows in the afternoon sunlight. After tea, there’s nothing like a stroll through endless greenery for complete satisfaction and an afternoon well spent. The Kirstenbosch Tea Room, +27 21 797 4883
The Twelve Apostles Hotel
With such a spectacular seaside scene, it seems a shame not to enjoy at least one Cape Townian High Tea ceremony while overlooking the lapping waves and glimmering sun. Fortunately, Tea by the Sea has become one of The Twelve Apostles Hotel’s institutions, and guests are guaranteed to be transported to a new level of luxury. Culinary and scenic pampering were never better than with sparkling turquoise water, fragrant tea blends, and a cake stand stacked with delicacies. Tea by the Sea at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, +27 21 4379000.
If you prefer the excitement of an ever-changing menu, reserve a tea table at the vibrant Taj Hotel. It’s not enough to have 20 different teas on offer, this elegant eatery also boasts a menu that changes every 2 months. Perhaps mini quiches on one occasion, perhaps pumpkin fritters and mini koeksisters the next, but a very satisfied palate is always guaranteed. Taj Cape Town, +27 21 819 2000
Afternoon tea at Lanzerac
The luxurious Manor Kitchen will be offering a sumptuous Afternoon Tea, including savoury dishes such as potato blinis with Earl Grey smoked salmon, crème fraiche and caviar as well as chicken, mushroom and pistachio terrine wrapped in crisp pancetta. A selection of sweet treats will also be served, with options like red velvet cupcakes with candied beets; almond profiteroles with rose water cream, and freshly baked buttermilk scones with clotted cream and locally-made strawberry jam.
The Afternoon Tea is priced at R280 per person and includes loose leaf TWG teas and a complimentary glass of Lanzerac Méthode Cap Classique. Guests can enjoy this offer every Saturday between 14h00 and 17h00 from the 6th of October 2018. For bookings, contact +27 (0)21 887 1132 or [email protected].