The Saxon Hotel, Villas & SpaOne of South Africa's most luxurious hotels, The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa officially reopens on May 1, 2021 and happily for those who enjoy indulgent High Teas in refined surroundings, the hotel will be bringing back its High Tea offering. The Saxon High Tea is an elegant and traditional styled High Tea served in the Piano Lounge where the hotel's resident pianist will be tinkling the ivories to set the mood.
Price: R500 per person When: Morning tea is served 09:30-11:30 and afternoon tea 13:00-15:00. High Tea is not available on Sundays.
How to book: Call +27 11 292 6000 or book online.
Enjoy a leisurely high tea at this luxurious boutique hotel tucked into quiet Morningside, five minutes from central Sandton. The setting is the pretty Manor House Bistro overlooking the hotel gardens, or weather permitting, take tea on the terrace. The style is classic English afternoon tea with a choice of inventive savoury options like camembert and sour fig pastry, accompanied by a towering stand of cakes, fluffy scones and plenty of tea. There is also the option to enjoy a glass of bubbly with your High Tea (available by the glass).
Price: R365 per person, must be paid at least 48 hours in advance. When: High tea is available in the morning and afternoon from Mon to Thu only.
How to Book: High Tea bookings must be made at least 72 hours in advance. Call +27 11 808 7300 or email email@example.com to book.
High tea at the Palazzo Montecasino is served at the hotel’s Medeo Restaurant terrace, overlooking a pool that would make any Hollywood starlet feel at home. For groups you can also arrange High Tea in the pretty rose garden of the hotel's private Rosa venue. The generous High Tea menu, presented with elegance, comprises a variety of extravagantly decorated little cakes, tarts and pastries, colourful macarons, petite quiches, assorted sandwiches, sweet and savoury scones and a fine selection of single-origin Ceylon teas.
Price: R340 per person. When: High Tea is served daily 14:00–16:30, booking is essential.
How to book: Call +27 11 510 3000 to book.
Da Vinci Hotel
Tucked away from the buzz of Sandton Central you'll find the Da Vinci Lounge, a relaxed space in a private courtyard with a small pool, where an urban high tea is served buffet style. Start with a homemade lemonade welcome drink before exploring the buffet tables that include savoury treats such as smoked salmon, sandwiches and filled croissants, as well as a variety of dips and breads as well as hot savoury items including cheese and jalapeno rissoles or chicken pinchos. For those with a sweet tooth, imagine a table piled high with Nuttikrust truffles, scones, and of course what is a high tea without a slice of cake – mango and coconut gateaux to be exact.
Price: R355 per person When: High tea is served Sat and Sun 14:00-16:00, booking essential
How to book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call +27 11 292 7000 or book online.
BAKERIES AND PATISSERIESJust Teddy
From competing in the Great South African Bake Off, to running a market stall, in 2020 Ted Zaki of Just Teddy patisserie moved to one of Joburg's most upmarket malls, Hyde Park Corner, and its incredible popularity has only continued to grow. During lockdown Just Teddy pioneered the High Tea in Box, which you can enjoy at home (still available via their website) or you can enjoy High Tea at the patisserie. The menu is a delightful array of the day's selection of French patisserie, Middle Eastern-inspired savouries like Lebanese spinach pies and topping off the three tiers, fresh scones with cream and jam.
Price: From R250 per person When: High tea is available daily served daily
OUT OF TOWN
De Hoek Country HotelThe hour's drive from Joburg to this luxury boutique hotel is worth it for tea served in a lush country garden. The seasonal menu has a generous and tasty selection of finger sandwiches and sweet and savoury pastries, scones are top-notch and tea includes a glass of bubbles. A nice option if you are spending the day in the Magaliesberg countryside.
Price: R350 per person When: High Tea is served Sat 13:00-17:00, booking is essential.
How to book: Call +27 14 577 9600 or email email@example.com, prior payment is essential to secure your booking.