South African High Teas


Indian Ocean Indulgence

The Beverly Hills Hotel, in Umhlanga, Durban is a gracious hotel, set on a rise overlooking the Indian Ocean, offering glorious views of miles of unspoilt beaches.

Renowned for its superb personal service, the hotel exudes charm and sophistication. Relax and enjoy the informal atmosphere of the attractive lounge with its glorious views of the ocean and pool terrace. Savour a traditional afternoon tea, where you can choose from an extensive sweet and savoury treats list.

Some of the sweet treats include: tangy passion fruit curd with coconut meringue crumble in phyllo pastry, caramelized zesty orange tartlet with chocolate pecan nut pastry, vanilla sponge cake with a butterscotch fudge crème filling or dark chocolate éclairs with whipped vanilla cream. Some of the savoury sensations are: a roulade of smoked salmon and lime flavoured cream cheese, roast butternut, gorgonzola and red onion marmalade mini quiche, cocktail peppered steak and sweet onion pies with sesame seeded puff pastry and fresh thyme infused wild mushroom pate with garlic scented crostini toasts.


Tradition Reborn

Inspired by the original colonial architecture of The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban and resplendent with chandeliers purchased from the world famous Savoy Hotel in London, the ‘Palm Court’ serves a traditional ‘High Tea’ (with live piano accompaniment), that includes freshly prepared home-baked scones with cream and strawberries, cakes, finger sandwiches, pastries and savouries. Prepared daily by talented pastry chef, Juanita Venter, and her dedicated team, a wide selection of European-inspired, home-made ice-creams are freshly prepared daily.



A Legendary Institution

No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing the Mount Nelson Hotels’ legendary Afternoon Tea.

Famous foodies and travel writers the world over describe it as being one of the best afternoon tea experiences in the world.

The daily buffet is laid out on the Windsor Table in the hotel’s Lounge area and includes old favourites like Black Forrest Gateau, Raspberry Vanilla Cream Cake, Madeleine’s, Rum balls and Smoked Salmon Choux Pastry Puffs. New to the Windsor Table are a Gingerbread and Gianduja Cake; a Lemon Chiffon, Passion Fruit and White Chocolate Cake, and fresh from the oven savoury Empanadas with assorted fillings like Curried Mince, Lamb or Mushroom, and Goats Cheese. The hotel’s best-loved favourites still prevail – but there is a new emphasis on distinctive flavours, variety, and innovation. Graceful notes from the Grande Piano add to the ambiance, and a selection of over thirty of the finest loose leaf teas, from Rooibos and Lapsang Souchong, to Earl Grey and Darjeeling, completes the indulgence.


Waterfront Wonder

Chase the winter blues away at The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, where a royal passage awaits you.

Enjoy the slow burning log fires with their special Chocolate High Tea from June to August. The Table Bay lavishes its guests with 5-star service and is luxurious in every facet. High Tea, the most British of traditions may be enjoyed in the lounge. Vast arrays of delectable delicacies await you.

The sinful buffet selection of decadent dishes includes; Mozambique Coco Madeline with candied lime, lemon macaroons with a satin chocolate filling, white chocolate mousse with passion fruit and milk chocolate tiramisu with amoretti biscuits. Favourites like chocolate brownies, chocolate éclairs and brandied chocolate mousse are also on the menu, with new delights like vanilla and chocolate marble baked cheesecake, Black Forrest trifle and chocolate brioche with baby pear and custard fruit tartlets taking centre stage.


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Between The Coast & The Cliffs

The Leopard Room at The Twelve Apostles in Camp Bay, Cape Town, is a great spot to enjoy “Tea by the Sea”, a delicious afternoon tea with all the trimmings including chocolate brownies, cream scones, finger sandwiches and a selection of the best teas and coffee. A decadent high tea is always a serious treat, but The Twelve Apostles have taken this indulgent occasion one step further, they have a chocolate high tea. You settle into plush sink-into-heaven couches in the glamorous conservatory with one of the best views in the world. You then have the difficult but delicious task of deciding which flavour of hot chocolate you are going to order.

There are truly elegant choices with the likes of milk chocolate and Madagascan vanilla, dark chocolate and orange blossom, white cointreau, white chocolate and cinnamon, vanilla Moscow or mocha-marula. Three tiers of delicate savoury and sweet delights follow; each one is elegantly crafted that has you basking in the gloriousness of high tea heaven.


Views & Vistas

The opulent traditional English morning and afternoon teas at The Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg have become something of an institution and is served from the conservatory buffet table.

The relaxed welcoming ambience of the Conservatory and Pool Terrace is superb for afternoon tea. Enjoy the most delectable sweet and savoury snacks and take in the spectacular views of the Johannesburg suburbs and Johannesburg Zoo.



City Chic

Tea Amo, The Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg’s afternoon tea speciality will tantalise your taste buds.

With a vast selection of teas and Nespresso coffees to choose from and scrumptious pastries, sandwiches, scones and cakes, indulgence is the order of the day. Should you feel you need something extra special, you could indulge in the tea menu and enjoy Moet & Chandon as well! 


At The President’s Doorstep

Ideally located in the capital city of South Africa with sweeping views of the magnificent Union Buildings and nestled between the breathtaking lilac trees which line the streets of Pretoria lays the 5-star Sheraton Pretoria Hotel, the pinnacle of luxury and comfort.

As part of the hotel’s unconditional commitment to culinary excellence, the Tiffin’s Bar & Lounge has introduced some of the world’s finest teas to their high tea service, guaranteeing a high tea journey to remember. From a selection of sweet and savoury items to traditional scones and local and international cheeses prepared by the hotel’s world-class chefs, guests’ palates will be delighted with an array of flavours.



 Countryside Tea

The age old English ritual of afternoon tea has over the years become more of a treat, than a tradition. That is exactly what Irene Country Lodge in Pretoria is doing; treating their patrons to an afternoon tea spread suited for the queen herself.

Served daily between 3 and 5pm on the terrace, overlooking the lake and rolling lawns of the property, the tea menu boasts a selection of culinary delicacies such as home baked scones with fresh cream, scrumptious chocolate brownies, and irresistible finger sandwiches, to name a few.

These are perfectly complimented by the freshly brewed aromatic coffee and a variety of teas.


Languid Lowveld

Casterbridge Hollow Boutique Hotel in White River, Mpumalanga is offering a decadent high tea at Magnolia Restaurant, a unique food haven in the heart of Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre.

End a perfect day of touring the Panorama route or safari game viewing in the Kruger with a High Tea that’ll leave you wanting more.

The menu include: goats cheese, caramelized butternut, basil and tomato tartlets; chicken liver pate on mini health toast with red onion marmalade; prawns, cucumber and avocado sandwiches; mini dill flapjacks with smoked salmon cream and herbs; cheese straws with herby cheese dip; mini lavender scones with blueberries and cream; almond and raspberry sponge fondant petit fore and double chocolate and bourbon petit fore. 



At The Palace

The High Tea at The Palace of the Lost City is not a simple affair.

Every day of the year, High Tea, the most British of traditions may be enjoyed at The Crystal Court Restaurant at the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City.

An array of scrumptious and decadent treats awaits you. Simply enjoy the feast amidst the tranquillity of cascading water and the ivory tinkle of the piano. High Tea at The Palace is a celebration of an old-worldly tradition and guests are invited to lounge in the warm pampered confines of the Crystal Court tea parlour, to sip a special tea, nibble on a delicate sandwich and be tempted by a decadent cake, or simply raise your tea cups in a toast to Anna, Duchess of Bedford.

The Crystal Courts’ High Tea Menu consists of traditional delicate sandwiches and freshly baked raisin and plain scones with vanilla pod cream and home-made preserves. An assortment of pastries and cakes, together with a medley of fresh or poached fruit are also available. Guests can also enjoy a variety of savoury quiches. High Tea wouldn’t be the same without a selection of the finest teas either loose or in the bag.

The Crystal Court tea is imported from India and there is an assortment of 19 different Black teas, Green teas, Herbal infusions, Fruit teas, Organic teas and a special White tea.



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