High Tea is one of those gourmet experiences that cries elegance and sophistication; you can't help but put on your best dress, enunciate your words, and sip daintily with pinky fingers popped. Cellars Hohenort Hotel encompasses every aspect of this classy dining experience with extra pizzazz and glamour, serving up a mouthwatering selection of savoury snacks, sweet treats, and a wide range of teas and coffee. We arrived on a sunny afternoon to see what all the fuss was about, so read on for the full review!
On arrival we found parking easily and wandered into reception, unsure of where the high tea actually takes place. Thankfully, several staff members were on hand to point us in the right direction and graciously show us to a table on the patio. The sun was shining on the gardens, illuminating the pond and the bright flowers - the perfect setting for afternoon tea! The menu is fixed but there are a variety of add-ons you can choose including fresh scones, extra sandwiches, delicious pastries and decadent cakes. We went for the classic menu which includes unlimited tea and coffee, kicking things off with a pot of Darjeeling and Vanilla Rooibos.
Because we'd booked in advance our food came swiftly after the tea - the kind of service I could get used to! On the three-tiered stand was a selection of cucumber cream cheese, Coronation chicken, and beef mustard sandwiches, plus beef sosaties, vegetable goats cheese tarts, and smoked salmon blinis. The sweets included mini eclairs, itsy bitsy cupcakes, fruit pavlovas, chocolate cake, pecan tarts, carrot cake, bite size lemon meringue pie, an exotic yoghurt type pudding that wasn't on the menu so we couldn't quite figure out what it was, and a curious coconut millionaires shortbread.
In ultimate sophisticated style we decided to top things off with a glass of Graham Beck Brut Rosé (R90 a glass), bringing a fabulous experience to a fabulous end! The savoury food was absolutely to die for - I could have eaten a hundred of the sosaties - and the sweets were varied enough that we each decided on a favourite. Plus we got to take home what we didn't finish! What really made this experience, however, was the amazing Cellars Hohenort staff, who were so incredibly accommodating and friendly and made us feel like VIPs - this makes such a difference to any dining experience.
If you're looking for a unique Mother's Day gift, are celebrating a special occasion, or just want to be fancy with your friends, the Classic High Tea at Cellars Hohenort in Constantia is the ideal setting. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to return to see how the menu changes!