Afternoon Tea in Stellenbosch

The idea of having tea in the afternoon began around 175 years ago. Apparently it was Anna Maria Russell, seventh Duchess of Bedford, who invited her upper class friends and other London socialites over for something to snack on between lunch and dinner. (“Can you believe what Lord Henry wore to the ball? Well I never!”)

Here are three places to enjoy afternoon tea in the present day.

Lanzerac Estate

Lanzerac’s High Tea for individual pre-booked requests normally happens on the terrace when it’s warm or else in the Craven Lounge when it’s too cold outside. Expect walnut scones with cream and jam; a selection of filled croissants and sandwiches; tuna mayo and pickled cucumber on rye; broccoli, blue cheese, and bacon tartlets; cinnamon spiced apple crumble; koeksisters with toasted coconut; mini milk tarts; and lots more!

www.lanzerac.co.za

Oude Werf Hotel

Afternoon Tea at Oude Werf is served in the courtyard, lounge, bar, pool deck, or on their famous ‘voorstoep’. There’s also lots of variety when it comes to what you can eat. That means you can either build your own cocktail platter of hot and cold snacks, or try the daily Chef selection instead. Get ready to indulge in whatever you want, from quiches and cakes to chocolate dipped marshmallows with crushed nuts. Yum!

www.oudewerfhotel.co.za

Majeka House

Rather than stick to boring cucumber sandwiches (theirs are compressed and breadless!), guests choose a themed menu (inspired by the colours and flavours of green tea, rooibos, black Ceylon, and vanilla Ceylon) and then sit back and enjoy the sweet and savoury treats. There’s also the option to combine Afternoon Tea with a relaxing treatment at the Majeka House Spa. That means a 30-minute back, neck and shoulder massage; a 30-minute express facial; and use of the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. What better way to warm up this winter?

www.majekahouse.co.za

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