Cape Grace Afternoon Tea

The ritual of afternoon tea dates back to the early 1800s and owes its origins to a certain English duchess. Feeling peckish during the drawn-out hours between breakfast and dinner, the inventive lady ordered tea and cake in the middle of the afternoon. This private indulgence of hers soon went public, becoming a social tradition amongst ladies of the leisured classes.

Sitting down to fragrant tea in a pot, cream scones, dainty sandwiches and bite-sized cakes has thankfully remained an institution around the world. It may be rooted in our city’s colonial past, but infusing (pardon the pun) a little old-worlde decadence into your day in the quietly elegant surroundings of our Library, is highly recommended.

Served daily from noon to 6pm, afternoon tea at Cape Grace does not take a one-size-fits-all approach, but has several offerings that take into account different appetites and occasions. Showcasing the creative genius and skill of Cape Grace’s pastry chef Lorraine Meaney and her team, you may opt for a single slice of cake (R50) or a simple Cream Tea of scones with jam and cream (R75). Served individually on an étagère – a tiered cake stand – the traditional Afternoon Tea (R185) demands the attention of your taste buds with sweet and savoury scones, beautifully cut finger sandwiches, petit fours, dainty cakes and bite-sized pastries, served with a choice of exotic loose-leaf teas or coffee.

For a blow-out occasion, add a glass of MCC bubbly (R255) or French Champagne (R420) to this. Bookings are recommended, especially on weekends – contact Signal Restaurant on 021 410-7100 or signal@capegrace.com

PS: For that person who seems to have it all or struggles to spoil themselves, a gift voucher to experience Afternoon Tea at Cape Grace is a thoughtful, generous gesture.

Review by Jane Broughton

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    • Yolanda Erasmus - 13/12/15 -

      Want to book high tea for three. Tomorrow 14 December 12h00

    • Cape Grace - 14/12/15 -

      Hi Yolanda. We did arrange this booking for you today. Many thanks.

    • kate bedford - 28/12/15 -

      hello please can I book afternoon tea today for 12 many thanks
      kate bedford

    • Kelsey - 02/01/16 -

      Is it buffet style?

    • Cape Grace - 04/01/16 -

      Hi Kelsey. Our Afternoon Tea is not served Buffet style. We have a variety of delicious options available. First on offer is a Cream Tea consisting of home-made scones, strawberry jam and cream served with either loose-leaf tea or coffee for R75 per person.

      Next on offer and presented in gorgeous tiers is the Afternoon Tea – a time-honoured tea for one! This includes freshly baked traditional and savoury scones, a selection of beautifully cut finger sandwiches and irresistible sweet treats served with either loose-leaf tea or coffee for R185 per person. And for those in the mood for celebrating, Afternoon Tea is available with the added luxury of a glass of sparkling wine – MCC Afternoon Tea is served at R255 per person.

      Lastly, for the not-so-hungry… a slice of delectable, home-made cake is available for R50 per slice.

      With a choice of Black, White, Green and Herbal teas, there is something for every palate. And of course pure Highland Rooibos, grown wild on the high altitude Cedarberg Mountains – also known as the Red Gold of South Africa, is available as one of the healthy caffeine-free herbal options.

      Served in an unrivalled setting overlooking the cosmopolitan yacht marina by staff trained to brew the perfect infusion of loose-leaf tea in dainty glass teapots, this is by no means an ordinary afternoon tea!

      To make a booking for Afternoon Tea in The Library, please contact Signal Restaurant on 021 410 7100 or signal@capegrace.com

    • Cape Grace - 04/01/16 -

      Hi Kate. We hope that you are well. Our sincerest apologies for this late reply. Did you manage to arrange your booking for Afternoon Tea? For future reference, if your booking is for more than 7 guests, kindly forward your request to our Functions Department at functions@capegrace.com. Alternatively, if the booking is for less than 7 guests, kindly arrange your booking by emailing signal@capegrace.com. Wishing you a lovely day further. Best wishes

    • Vivienne Rodkin - 17/01/16 -

      Do you serve the R50 option on a Saturday and Sunday as well. We are a group of 11 ladies, mostly pensioners, who meet on a monthly basis.
      Thanks so much
      Vivienne Rodkin

    • Cape Grace - 18/01/16 -

      Hi Vivienne. Thank you for getting in touch. First on offer is our Cream Tea, consisting of home-made scones, strawberry jam and cream served with either loose-leaf tea or coffee for R75 per person.

      Next on offer and presented in gorgeous tiers is the Afternoon Tea – a time-honoured tea for one! This includes freshly baked traditional and savoury scones, a selection of beautifully cut finger sandwiches and irresistible sweet treats served with either loose-leaf tea or coffee for R185 per person. And for those in the mood for celebrating, Afternoon Tea is available with the added luxury of a glass of sparkling wine – MCC Afternoon Tea is served at R255 per person.

      Lastly, for the not-so-hungry… a slice of delectable, home-made cake is available for R50 per slice. Please email signal@capegrace.com to arrange your reservation. Our Afternoon Tea is available every day of the week. Best wishes

    • Jeannine - 08/02/16 -

      Do you cater for gluten intolerance?

    • Cape Grace - 08/02/16 -

      Hi Jeannine. We hope that you are well. Our restaurant does offer dining options for guests who are Gluten intolerant. The restaurant will need to be made aware of this when you arrange your reservation. Thus, when arranging your reservation, you can let them know of your specific dining requirements, so that they can try and cater to your needs as best as possible. Have a lovely afternoon. Best wishes

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