As many of you will know, most of our family outings either involve a wine farm or a great restaurant. This time, however, we decided to take Granny out for a high tea. I'm not normally a fan of high teas because I much prefer savouries to sweets, and you usually get loads of sweets. Also, I'm actually gluten intolerant, and although I can squeeze in the odd bit of gluten, I can't eat a high-tea's worth of it. Luckily for us, the Table Bay has a high tea with some decent savouries and, they offer a gluten-free option.
It's situated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and forms part of the Sun International group. The hotel itself overlooks the stunning harbour (see below) on one side, and the sea on the other.
The tea is served in the Lounge, which you can access from the entrance to the hotel that faces the harbour (see below). The Lounge is on the ground floor.
You have various options when it comes to the High Tea. You can either have a High Tea for R280, a Tea Royale for R340, or a Sinful Delight for R140. The options are explained below. (Information provided by the hotel).
High Tea: Three course High Tea which includes 3 teas from their selection.
Tea Royale: Three course High Tea which includes 3 teas from their selection and served with a glass of their MCC Sparkling Wine.
Sinful Delight: A selection of sweet treats from the dessert buffet, including 1 tea from their selection.
Their tea menu is very varied. You can pretty much order any tea you would like. The teas they offer are TWG teas. They are really great! You can order them from their website here.
We opted for the Standard High Tea. It comes as three courses and an extra cake course at the end. The first two courses are served at your table, and the third course, as well as the cakes, are served at a buffet table.
(You can check out the menu of all the individual treats on their menu here - there are just too many for me to type out individually.) Part of the first course comes plated (see below) to your table.
The second part of the First Course comes presented on a stand at your table (see below left). The samoosas were particularly nice. If you order the gluten-free option, you get your First and Second Course brought to you on a stand (see below right). The little quiches were nice, and the little rice paper rolls were great.
The Second Course was Scones (see below left). You got two types: buttermilk scones and spiced scones with cranberries and raisins. I loved the clotted cream and lemon curd it was served with.
Usually, gluten-free food tastes pretty bland, but these gluten-free scones (see below right) were actually really tasty. I enjoyed them a lot! I ordered Jasmine Green Tea. It comes in a teapot, so you get at least two decent cups of tea from it. (You can order 3 teapots of tea with the High Tea!)
The gluten-free Third Course comes presented on a stand (see below), where you get a few cakes added on. It looked amazing, but I was so full at this point that I didn't do it justice. The macaroons were tasty and so were the coconut ice squares.
For the 'normal' eaters, there's a whole table filled with an assortment of sweet treats. They all looked amazing and the cakes were spectacular. I also liked the fact that they have a cheese board included on this table, because there were so many sweet things.
Although this High Tea was lovely, I'm really not the biggest fan of such things. For R280, I'd rather order a succulent fillet steak and pair it with my favourite red wine. But that's just me 🙂
However, I'd definitely recommend it for those of you who are sweet-eaters! The sweets looked amazing! Perhaps you could even pop in for some scones and tea (as long as you order the delicious clotted cream and lemon curd).
Contact: +27 21 406 5000
Address: Quay 6, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, 8001, Cape Town