Things you didn’t know about “Afternoon Tea” and how to enjoy it at The Beverley Hills Hotel (Durban)

Okay, this isn’t really a ‘Gauteng’ happening, but when this info landed up in my mailbox I just had to find a way to share it!

Myself and some of my foodie friends have been looking for a cool place to go for “Tea” (with a capital letter T – and hopefully wearing soft pastels and huge hats), so this really appeals to me – although it is in Durbs 😉  But I thought that my buddies in Durban will definitely find this info useful!

So here goes:

The Beverley Hills will now offer their bespoke Signature Afternoon Tea Buffet at the Sugar Club every Friday and Saturday from 14.30 – 16.30.  So, imagine this, breathtaking ocean views, a luxurious five star venue, speciality imported teas (and/or ice cold bubbly), live entertainment and gourmet freshly baked tea time treats.  Sounds absolutely heavenly, don’t you think?

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What I also enjoyed immensely, was this interesting snippet of information sent, and I am quoting directly:

DID YOU KNOW ?

Afternoon tea service is a great British tradition that’s laced with rules. For those of us who didn’t grow up with tea as part of a regular schedule, it can certainly get confusing.

First, learn the proper terminology. Not all teas are created equal.

“Afternoon tea” is typically a social affair intended to help fill the gap between lunch and dinner.

“High tea”—though often confused with afternoon tea—was originally a more substantial evening meal with a savory dish or two consumed by the working classes after a long day at work.

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Ready to enjoy a spot of tea? Here’s some dos and don’ts.

Do:

  • Always use loose tea. It tastes so much better.
  • Let the tea steep as long as you like. If it is not to your taste, ask for a fresh pot. Tea should be replenished regularly.
  • Feel free to request different milk –Full fat, soy, skim should all be available.
  • Stir the tea delicately.
  • Eat the finger sandwiches with your hands. They are designed for and named after their purpose. Cakes tend to be more delicate and require at least a fork. A scone with cream and jam needs a guiding hand.

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Don’t:

  • Add the milk first. Milk should be added after the tea so you can properly gauge how much you need to balance the strength of the brew.
  • White tea, green tea, and infusions are suitable to drink with milk.
  • Pronounce the long “o” in “scone.” It is properly pronounced “scon.”
  • Dunk your biscuits.

And enjoy at a leisurely pace.

Oh my goodness – which I could enduldge in a leisurely afternoon tea sipping every afternoon!  Such a treat 🙂

The cost of this Afternoon tea experience is R265 per person.  Call Chrizanne on 031 561 2211 or email her on  chrizanne@tsogosun.com to make your booking.

The Beverley Hills Hotel is part of the Tsogo Sun Group – Tsogo Sun: The Beverley Hills Hotel

The info received for the content of this post was obtained via PR Press Release

 

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