High tea is one of those niggly colonial leftovers that people love to indulge in from time to time in order to feel a little classy - or even royal. But high teas tend to be quite the same everywhere.
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Cucumber sandwiches, Earl Grey tea and scones are a staple, not the most locally-inspired fare.
A Very High Tea has a little more South African flair.
The lovely setting at the WiFi Lounge. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
After a quick ride up the cable car to Cape Town's glittering jewel - Table Mountain - we headed to the WiFi Lounge right at the top for our first high tea - that's actually really, really high up.
Met with sparkling wine on a long table that has panoramic views of the city (perfect for those skyline Insta-toasts), I have never heard people so excited to not see sandwiches on a high tea menu.
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Some Twinings Tea served, as well as local coffee and MSC sparking wine. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
Instead, the chef has a menu prepared that's quite delectable, from salmon trout pannequet, lentil bobotie bites and blue cheese and pickled pear puffs to lemon meringue tartlets and - the most delicious thing that will ever grace your taste buds - peanut butter brownie cheesecake.
I still have high dreams about that last one.
Delectable goodies. (Photo: Gabi Zietsman)
The delectable details
The Very High Tea is served Mondays to Sundays, weather permitting and subject to reservation, at 14:30 and costs R325 per person, excluding your Cableway ticket. Return tickets can be purchased online from tablemountain.net or from the Lower Station Ticket Office.
The Cableway caters for various dietary requirements and reservations are limited to 20 people per seating.
To reserve your Very High Tea experience contact the Cableway’s Event Planner Taryn Skuce via email (email@example.com), call 021 487 5726 or SMS “TableMountain (High Tea)” to 33903 (SMS charged at R1.50 per SMS).
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