“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” William Ewart Gladstone
Afternoon Tea. Tiny sandwiches, the pots of steaming, fragrant leaves (or coffee if you’re thus inclined), the miniature desserts that allow for a myriad of flavour sampling, and the luxury of taking time out to feel a little old-worldly, serene and sophisticated. While no one knows quite when the tradition was invented, Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, is credited with its widespread popularity. Complaining about the long wait between lunch and dinner, she remedied the ‘sinking feeling’ she felt with a pot of tea, bread, butter, and cakes. The ritual proved so popular that soon, all of London’s most fashionable society was sipping tea and nibbling sandwiches in the middle of the afternoon.
Nowadays, Afternoon Tea is a welcome respite from a hectic day, or a wonderful indulgence ideal to mark a celebration.
Afternoon Tea at Cape Grace
At Cape Grace, we serve our Afternoon Tea in the tranquillity of the library, from where visitors can enjoy the scenic view of the yacht marina, and truly have their cake and eat it too.
The wonderful thing about our Afternoon Tea are the various styles that one can choose from, according to taste and hunger levels. Select Full Afternoon Tea for the ultimate experience, or opt for the pared down Cream Tea if you just feel like a scone or two to pair with your brew. There are also enticing slices of cake available to satiate those looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, and of course, a glass (or bottle) of local bubbles is always waiting to be popped should the occasion call for it.
Our Special Teas
Our teas are created in partnership with Nigiro, passionate local producers of the finest loose leaf teas and blends. Choose from Herbal Infusions like the Chamomile Flower, Herbal Highmoon, or our own Cape Grace Exclusive Blend – a murmur-inducing blend of fruits, herbs, spices and Rooibos that is at once sophisticated, surprising, and simply divine in both scent and sip. There are also Black, White, Green, and Highland Rooibos varietals, all served in your own personal glass teapot with an egg timer to ensure your tea is brewed to perfection. Coffee, in a silvery pot, is also an option, so the well-caffeinated need not feel slighted.
Soaking up the dappled sunlight from the yacht marina, one is presented with a tier of savoury and sweet treats to indulge in between dainty sips of your chosen beverage. Begin with the sandwiches – in cucumber and cream cheese, salmon, and egg, before moving on to the scones that have a reputation for being the best in Cape Town. Savoury cheese scones are complimented with lashings of sticky jam (and extra cheese), while the sweet scones are the perfect pallets on which to spread a thick layers of the homemade lemon curd (and thickly whipped cream) that is so delectable that we may have eaten any last scrapings straight out of the pot.
But ah, the pièce de résistance – dessert! Fudgey, chocolate-studded brownies, miniature malva puddings, panna cottas with jelly centres and meringue toppings, decadent apricot and salted caramel tiers, gold-flecked mango & litchi domes, pistachio sponges and impossibly light macaroons all vie for favourite place. All are prepared in house by our Chef de Parties – talented artists in all things sweet.
But what of those with special dietary requirements? Happily accommodated, with advanced notice. In fact, my gluten-free creations were the stuff of table envy, so tasty was the home-made bread and confectionary, so really, there’s no need for anyone to feel left out.
Details: Find out more about our Afternoon Teas, and make your reservation here.
Our Women’s Month Afternoon Tea Offering
In honouring South Africa’s National Women’s Day, we’re hosting a series of Afternoon Teas this August – the perfect opportunity to celebrate yourself alongside the strong and vivacious women you surround yourself with. Enjoy a welcome drink of Kir Royale on arrival, a delicious spread of sweets and savouries, and the company of the ladies you love and admire in this opulent affair you won’t want to miss, while being entertained by the soothing sounds of a string duo.
Our Women’s Month Tea is served from 12h30 – 16h00 on 9 August, as well as the three following Saturdays (11th, 18th, and 25th August) and is R325 per person in Signal Restaurant. Bookings are essential and can be made online here.
Women’s Month Spa Packages
Tea pairs well with pampering, and while we’re on the subject of spoilage, we suggest taking advantage of our August Spa offerings. Manicures, facials, blissful massages and chocolate platters with each one of our three curated treatment packages means that this too, is one for the ladies indeed.
Blog Post by Tarah Darge