A chilly winter afternoon is the perfect time to indulge in The Table Bay’s new luxurious four-course high tea.

High tea is served in hotel’s hub, The Lounge, with views of Table Mountain and the working V&A harbour. Gather friends or family members to cosy up next to the fireplace and tuck into the smorgasbord of delights created by Table Bay’s Executive Chef Wesli Jacobs and his team.

“The idea behind the menu was to give a modern twist on South African favourites – vetkoek paired with smoked salmon, a vegan item with our tofu California roll and a sweet/savoury element with the chicken and mayo crepe,” Jacobs says.

Table Bay high Tea
A superb Table Bay high Tea

Desserts for the winter season

“The dessert dishes have been created especially for the winter season, where pastry chef Thabile Mlonyeni infused his menu with citrus-inspired orange meringue and lemon panna cotta. In addition, we have incorporated fan favourites such kiwi entremets and raspberry profiteroles and gateaux cakes that rotate weekly, anything from New York style cheesecake to a dark chocolate red velvet cake.”

The first course begins with a savoury spread including smoked salmon cream cheese on vetkoek, rare roast beef, tomato relish and caramelised onion on Nordic bread, a vegetable and tofu California roll, chicken mayonnaise crepe with wild garlic and a sundried tomato and pepperdew mousse tartlet.

“What would high tea be without scones, and we have two delicious options, from traditional buttermilk scones to a beetroot and feta scone with a difference,” Jacobs said.

Those with a sweet tooth will delight in the raspberry profiteroles, salted caramel and kiwi and chocolate entremets, lemon panna cotta and orange meringue as well as Mlonyeni’s gateaux cakes.

The final course is a cheese board with a local and international offering, accompanied by condiments. Guests have a choice of a range of loose-leaf teas and coffees to sip on during their tea.

The high tea is R395 per person, available Friday to Sunday, from 2pm to 3:30pm or 4pm to 5:30pm.

What: Table Bay High Tea
Where: The Table Bay Hotel Cape Town
Reservations: tbhres@suninternational.com