Enjoy tea for two with a treat this Valentine’s Day at the Table Bay Hotel

February 9, 2024
Scones variety

Few other baked goods can compare with biting into a freshly baked scone, and now the five-star Table Bay Hotel has given these simple confectionaries a modern take, especially for Valentine’s month.

The British classic will still be served, but the hotel’s Executive Chef, Lindsay Venn, has developed a tempting myriad of toppings – sweet, savoury and vegan – to lift the teatime treats to a gourmet level. Guests can start with a classic queen scone served with crème fraiche, homemade strawberry preserve and mature cheddar cheese. Then sample a raspberry matcha scone dipped in white chocolate or a cinnamon, pecan and caramel pinwheel scone with salted caramel.

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Those who prefer something savoury can snack on a selection of herb and pepper scones with toppings of smoked snoek and camembert with a tomato chilli jam, or roasted maple pear with blue cheese and walnut crumble. The third out-of-the-box savoury option is cured beef with homemade cheese spread on a charcoal scone.

For those who eschew animal products, vegan toppings include grilled baby marrow with hummus, balsamic roast red onion, or exotic mushrooms with deep-fried kale and buchu smoked tofu with a ginger soy glaze.

We asked Venn a few questions about what makes this humble cake so iconic:

1. What are the elements of a perfect scone?

It should be freshly baked, using butter for a flaky and flavourful scone.

2. What is your secret to the perfect scone?

A little tap on top before putting them in the oven so they rise straight.

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3. Do you make scones at home for your family?

Yes indeed, and lots of my ideas come from this and our tastings at home.

4. How do you ring the differences?

I like to make the preserves myself and play around with flavours at this stage already for the final product

5. What is your favourite tea to drink with scones?

A cup of vanilla-honey Ceylon tea, my personal recipe

From Sunday, 12 February through to 29 February, couples can enjoy a selection of 12 scones between 2.30 pm and 5 pm daily. The cost is R250 per person and bookings can be done via [email protected] or by calling (021) 406 5988.

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