Afternoon tea – or high tea as it’s called locally – was reportedly started in Great Britain in a early 1800s by Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford. At a time, it was common to eat usually dual dishes per day, breakfast and afterwards cooking good into a evening. The peckish duchess deemed that was too prolonged a opening between dishes and began to have tea and sandwiches in a afternoon. The thought held on and shortly all of select London multitude was slanderous with friends over pots of tea and juicy snacks.
Here are 3 of a best afternoon teas on offer in Cape Town.
The Mount Nelson
‘The Nellie’, as it’s affectionately called by Cape Town locals, positively puts on one of a best afternoon teas you’ll find anywhere. Since it’s opening in 1899, this Grande Dame of Cape Town has remained a breakwater of magnificence and attract amidst a flourishing city. Many famous feet have trodden a corridors and no doubt some have enjoyed afternoon tea unaware a unblemished gardens. From politicians, to sports stars to eremite icons, they’ve all enjoyed a revisit to a Mount Nelson – famous, once on a time, for being a initial hotel in a area to offer using prohibited water.
You can select to lay in a lounge, in a flower-adorned conservatory or outdoor on a patio unaware a garden fountain. In a loll we are handily tighten to a endless cake smorgasboard and can hear a pianist kindly tinkling a ivories in a corner.
Staff float discreetly, never intruding though always prepared to ready another pot of tea. The hotel’s possess brand, Mount Nelson tea, combines 6 other teas, including Assam and Ceylon, with rose petals from a hotel’s on-site gardens. In addition, there is a accumulation of other teas accessible and you’re acquire to try as many as we wish.
Delicious savouries, including mini pasties and ethereal quiches, are served to your table, as are scones. The cake smorgasboard includes macrons, carrot cake, shortbread, diabolical chocolate cakes and South African specialities like melktert.
Table Bay Hotel
For an afternoon tea with a best perspective in city afterwards a esteem has to go to a aptly-named Table Bay Hotel. With huge, double-height windows looking out towards Table Mountain, a perspective is roughly as good as a food – almost.
The afternoon tea is served in 3 courses and interconnected with opposite pots of tea. You can take a recommendation of a tea dilettante or select your possess for any march from a 28 varieties available. With light and more-ish savouries that will pleasure any ambience buds, followed by scones and finally by a cake smorgasboard this is a Cape Town dish not to be missed.
There are vegetarian options on a savouries and gluten/dairy/alcohol selections among a cakes.
Afternoon tea comes with a clarity of story during Cellars-Hohenort that nestles in 9 good tended acres in a upmarket Constantia suburb. Dating behind to a 17th century, a estate was before a plantation and, from 1750, a abounding winery. This afternoon tea creates an ideal stop after a revisit to a circuitously Kirstenborch Botanic Gardens.
Along with a common preference of finger sandwiches, open rolls and mini quiches and cakes, this tea has a best scones in town. Light and so dangerously poetic it’s all too easy to forget a repairs you’re doing to your waistline.
There is a singular preference of tea accessible as good as filter coffee.
Candice Bain is Founder at Desert to Jungle.
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