South Africa's high tea hotspots

South Africa’s high tea hotspots

Time for a high tea treat? We’ve rounded up some of SA’s favourite spots when it comes to tea and all the trimmings.

South Africa's high tea spots

WESTERN CAPE

Grande Roche

Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock, Grande Roche Hotel is all about the idyllic countryside and unhurried living on this working fruit farm. But it also offers a high tea menu in the grand English tradition, with sweets such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, homemade mini scones and fruit tartlets, as well as traditional favourites like cucumber sandwiches. The hotel is the ideal place to soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era while enjoying good food and service.

Grange-Roche

MannaBay

<body>For the ultimate in exclusivity, high tea at MannaBay, a stylish boutique hotel in Oranjezicht, is a must – and you don’t get much closer to Table Mountain than this! Decadent sweet and savoury treats are complemented with a glass of Graham Beck Brut Rosé bubbly, tea, coffee and juices. You’ll feel like a movie star as you soak in the eclectic design, contemporary art and breathtaking views. There’s a private function fee if you book for more than six.

  • Open daily from 3.30pm-5.30pm, R195 per person.
  • Booking essential, call MannaBay on 021 461 1094.

MannaBay

 

Le Fournil de Plett Bakery & Café

<body>If you’re doing the Garden Route during your holiday, pop in at Le Fournil de Plett, a charming French bakery and café in the Lookout Courtyard, in the heart of Plettenberg Bay’s Main Street. Although they don’t strictly serve high tea, the menu offers delicious breakfast and lunch options, and lots of tea, coffee and cake – all made from scratch by owners Jane and Florence, using the freshest ingredients. The accent is on fresh pastries and many dishes are accompanied by fresh, hand-rolled croissants. Don’t miss the famous almond croissants, cheesecake with caramelised macadamia and fudge topping, and a gluten-free orange cake.

  • Booking isn’t essential, but call 044 533 1390 to reserve a spot outside.

Le-Fournil-de-Plett

Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden

<body>This family favourite teatime indulgence is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain. You can enjoy spectacular views while enjoying this gem’s famous lemon meringue pie and an assortment of cakes (R45-R55). An in-house bakery caters for special high teas for 10 or more – including freshly baked scones with all the toppings. For the not-so-sweet tooth, there are cocktail quiches and exquisite little bagels with salmon and cream cheese.

  • Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance, call Jessica on 082 494 5505.

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GAUTENG

Aurelia’s Restaurant

<body>The majestic Peermont D’oreale Grande hotel, near OR Tambo airport, is the setting for a scrumptious high tea of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones and other sweet and savoury delights. Wash it down with fine tea or a deliciously bitter cappuccino served by attentive waiters. Featuring park-like gardens and a fountain, it’s recommended to book a table out on the terrace – you’ll feel like you’re in a different time and country. It’s an ideal treat for the whole family. While the hotel is rather formal, the dress code is quite relaxed.

  • Aurelia’s high tea is available on Saturdays, 2pm-5pm.
  • Bookings essential, call 011 928 1000.

Morrells Boutique Estate

<body>Morrells Boutique Estate is set in a restored farmhouse in Joburg. High tea at its magnificent Manor House captures a bygone era with the added French luxury of hearty hospitality and delicious food. Eli Williams, pastry chef and the creator of this elaborate affair, recreates the romance of high teas with indulgent delights. To keep it intimate, Morrells only hosts up to 14 guests, although package rates can be organised.

  • Thursdays to Sundays, 2pm-5pm (includes a small bottle of sparkling wine).
  • Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance, call Morrells on 011 476 9495.

Morells-Boutique-Estate

Isabella’s Cake & Food Shop

<body>A charming brand, with 10 coffee shops in Joburg and Pretoria, Isabella’s has now introduced a fabulous concept – design your own high tea party by choosing from a gorgeous selection of goodies for your personalised party box, which includes sandwiches, quiches, scones, bruschetta nibbles, and divine cakes. It’s perfect for kitchen teas, baby showers and birthday parties. Why not order the Party in a Box for an office party or a glam get together at home?

  • Cover charge of R40 per person includes party box, bottomless tea or coffee and a spritzer.

DURBAN

Oyster Box Hotel

<body>High tea at the legendary Oyster Box Hotel’s Palm Court is laden with sumptuous treats – from freshly baked scones, pastries, quiches and cakes to finger sandwiches and savouries. Look out for their famous Cake of the Day, a selection of loaves, berry panna cotta, fruit tartlets and coffee and caramel éclairs – the Lindt chocolate brownies are a must! All patisserie, confectionary and breads are made daily by pastry chef Joanita Venter and her team.

  • Served daily from 2.30pm-5pm.
  • Booking is essential, call Oyster Box on 031 514 5000.

St James on Venice

<body>The St James on Venice, a boutique hotel in in Morningside, is set in a grand 120-year-old manor in one of the most beautiful gardens in KwaZulu-Natal. The high tea here is an elegant and leisurely affair – perfect for a balmy Durban afternoon. One of the best-kept secrets by locals, the high tea is becoming a popular escape for all. There are dainty stands of sweet and savoury treats as well as a selection of tea and coffee. Try to book on the terrace if the weather holds out. It’s a perfect venue for classy birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties or baby showers..

  • Served daily from 11am-4pm.
  • Booking is essential, call St James on Venice on 031 312 9488.

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