Voted one of the best places in the world to have High Tea, the Table Bay Hotel (V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa) truly lives up to its reputation.
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One of the Table Bay's prime attractions is its location which sets it apart and above all other hotels in Cape Town. Upon entering you are greeted by an elegant hall adorned with art and decor taking you back to the days of exploration and elegance. As you make your way toward the Lounge, your ears are tickled by the charming sounds of the grand piano, setting the mood for a relaxed and peaceful experience.
The view of Table Mountain is almost perfect and gives travelers a taste of the might and majesty South Africa has to offer.
After being shown to your table by the friendly and professional staff, you should expect 3 courses of delightful cuisine fit for a king. Once you have selected your tea from the wide variety, your first course will be scrumptious mini-quiches followed by delicious finger sandwiches. The next treat is a 3 tiered silver tea tray adorned with a variety of warm scones accompanied by decadent triple cream, jams and apricot custard.
The third and final course is a buffet of chocolate treats, sweet cakes and fruity tartlets. Each dessert is a rich work of art, you are enticed into trying everything. I highly recommend the Crème brulee.
High Tea is served from 14:30 daily and is best enjoyed at a relaxed pace, so that you can truly appreciate each course. I was joined intermittently by two tiny birds who wandered into the dining hall to nibble on some of the tasty crumbs. Clearly these little birds have a discerning palate and know where to find gourmet crumbs!
With impeccable service and a luxurious setting, you can't go wrong with the Table Bay. Leaving you completely satisfied and content, High Tea at the Table Bay is an experience to remember.Review by Jarryd Burtenshaw