Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
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I was lucky enough to be invited to sample the Beverly Hills Hotel afternoon tea recently.  Yes – afternoon tea, not high tea.

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice

Knowledge is power, and this month  I learned something new!  Every time I go to a hotel or restaurant for ‘high tea’ I had no idea that this was actually the incorrect term.  It just sounds a bit fancier doesn’t it – high tea.  ‘High tea’ is actually a working class family evening meal or supper.  The correct term for the fancy meal where you sip on a variety of teas and nibble on an assortment of dainty foods like scones, pastries, finger sandwiches and tiny cakes is actually ‘afternoon tea’.

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice

The Beverly Hills Hotel had a Victorian romance themed tea, presumably for the month of February, and they couldn’t have arranged it any more perfectly.  The food tables, both sweet and savoury, were adorned with pink and red flowers, lace, gloves, parasols and vintage suitcases – truly beautiful.  However, it was the edibles on these tables that had me in their grasp.

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice

I tried to behave and start with some of the savoury eats.  They all looked incredible, and included smoked salmon and blinis, the infamous Beverly Hills prawn cocktail, cheeses, quiches, tarts, mini croissants, wraps and pastries, and my ultimate – a savoury cheesecake with basil pesto and sundried tomatoes.

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Choux filled with roast beef and onion marmalade, chicken and pineapple skewer, samoosa and a halloumi and mushroom brushetta.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
The prawns in the prawn cocktail were plump and juicy, and the dressing was delicious!
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
This savoury cheesecake was probably my favourite dish of the day!

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Halloumi and mushroom brushetta.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Delicious local cheeses, preserves and fruit.

If you think the savoury eats looked amazing, you’re in for a treat with the sweets.  Beautiful, dainty and utterly moreish.

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
This had a vanilla and chocolate checkered cake on the inside – beautiful!
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Mini red velvet and cream cheese frosted cakes that melted in your mouth.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Beautiful, dark chocolate ganache filled macarons.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
These were labelled as Victorian cakes and they were as delicious as they were beautiful.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Peanut butter cups – literally a white chocolate shell filled with a peanut butter filling. The grown up’s version of Reeces.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
Fruit tartlets.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
The most gorgeous Croquembouche – these choux puffs were filled with a burnt sugar cream and drizzled with white chocolate. My mum and I went back for seconds!
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
I never found out what this was – I was eventually too full. But it was beautiful!

Included in the afternoon tea spread was bubbly (both alcoholic and non), coffee and a selection of beautiful Pure Leaf teas.  I opted for the Pure Rooibos and it was possibly the best rooibos tea I’ve ever had.  My mom went for  the Black Tea with Berries and it was beautiful – strong berry flavour, really really delicious.

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
This John B Brut Chardonnay bubbly was lovely and light.
Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice
These teas come in a silk pyramid tea bag, and are so good that we’re on the hunt for some for home!

OVERALL IMPRESSION

The afternoon tea at the Beverly Hills is most definitely one of the best I’ve been to.  The variety and quality of the food is absolutely outstanding, and there was not one single change I would have made.  For a special occasion this would be a beautiful day out, and I can’t imagine many ladies that wouldn’t be thrilled with this as a gift or special meal for a birthday.

If I could offer one piece of constructive criticism, it would be to enforce a dress code – while we were dining, there were little ones at the tea that were running around in beach clothes and barefoot, and a few adults wearing shorts and slops.  While I understand that the Beverly Hills is situated on the Umhlanga beach front, most people attend an afternoon tea for the luxurious and classier atmosphere – they like to feel posh and nibble on dainty cakes.  Perhaps at the very least ensuring that people dining for afternoon tea are dressed smart casual and all wear shoes would be a good idea.

Afternoon tea is served at the Beverly Hills Hotel every Saturday, and is R325pp.  And it is most definitely and utterly worth it – you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven!

 


 

Afternoon Tea at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sugar & Spice

 

*DISCLAIMER* – While we were hosted at the Beverly Hills for this afternoon tea, all opinions are entirely honest and my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siobhan

Beauty and Lifestyle blogger, wine addict and all-round lover of all things beautiful and sparkly!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Yolandi North

    Wow. This looks delightful. Definitely on my list of things to do & teas to drink when I’m next in Durban. xxx

    1. Siobhan

      Yolandi, it was incredible, definitely a must try! xxx

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