• Bridget’s got a nose for a bargain and the Afternoon Tea at the Cape Grace hotel definitely ticks the Bargain Bride box. I love Afternoon Tea as a pre-wedding ice breaker or as a chance to spoil your brideslaves  before or after the big day.

    (pics source: Mark Peddle)

    If you’re looking for something simply splendid to do with your brideslaves before the wedding, might I suggest afternoon tea at the Cape Grace hotel? It is such a treat: just fancy enough to feel special, but not so formal that you can’t relax. Tucked away in the marina behind the V&A Waterfront, this is one of Cape Town’s most delightful tea spots.

    There are a number of options to choose from, everything from a simple (decadent) slice of cake to the full deluxe afternoon tea, including bubbly (no prizes for guessing which one I chose!) Tea is served in the library, which is full of cosy nooks with comfortable armchairs and counces, or on the light-filled verandah looking out over the marina. It feels like a home away from home – relaxed but very special.

    One of the things I love most about this afternoon tea is that you get to choose from a range of Nigiro teas (all perfectly prepared and timed), freshly brewed coffee, or bubbly. Nigiro tea is one of my absolute favourites, and really complements the delicious baked goodies on offer.

    The other thing I love is that it would be quite easy to take over a section of the library for your own personal celebration – the staff are absolutely wonderful and would do anything possible to make it a really memorable event.

    And then there’s the food! Be still my beating heart, the food… Everything from classic cucumber finger sandwiches to smoked salmon and avo mousse bites to savoury and sweet scones, florentines, petit fours, macaroons and the most delightful chocolate mousse and granadilla concoction. In short: an amazing spread of tea delights.

    And all surrounded by the undeniable beauty of the Cape Grace. It’s an elegant, understated beauty enhanced by the simply stunning views from all the windows. I mean really, could you ask for a better view than this while taking tea with your favourite ladies?

    Best (and most surprising!) of all is the price. R95 for the deluxe tea, R140 if you throw in a glass of bubbly. The Cape Grace is without doubt the best value afternoon tea in town, and I’ll be heading back there as soon as possible!

    Until next time!
    Much love,
    Bridget

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