Indulge in a Deliciously Decadent British High Tea in Fabulously French Franschhoek

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The British tradition of High Tea began in the mid-1700s as an afternoon meal usually served between 3 and 4 o’clock. Initially, it was a meal for the Working Man, taken standing up or sitting on tall stools, thus ‘high’.

Tea with cakes, scones, even cheese on toast would have been served. Gradually, this afternoon meal became more widely known as an important event on the social calendars of ladies and gentlemen, rather than a meal for the working man.

An authentic tea party can be enjoyed at L’Ermitage Chateau and Villas in Franschhoek. Surrounded by the breathtaking mountains, quaint cobbled streets and indigenous fynbos, guests get to experience the unique and unforgettable taste of delicious sweet and savoury treats. Resident chef, Mark Jacobs has conceived an expansive spread of English, French and contemporary favourites which will appeal to all tastes.

From luscious red velvet cupcakes, to decadent chocolate ganache, delectable macaroons, and, for that French twist, petit fours.

Then there’s the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, traditional scones served with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam. The Queen herself would be impressed with the cucumber and creme fraiche sandwiches. Sweet delicacies are balanced with duck liver pate served with red wine jus jelly croutes, halloumi croquettes and, finally, homemade mini chicken pies.

L’Ermitage services high tea from Monday to Friday, starting from 11 am. To book call 021 876 9200  or email Cynthia at

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