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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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