Recently recognised again as “Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel”, home to “Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite”, at the World Travel Awards Africa, the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Johannesburg is now offering its guests a tantalising and inventive selection of high tea treats, including exclusive service of Yswara tea
Few things are as elegant and refined as the ritual of High Tea. Steeped in tradition and finesse, this age-old rite finds new roots at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, as the culinary team takes a fresh approach to the art of High Tea.
From the moment you walk into the well-appointed Piano Lounge, its African-chic overtones offset the spectacular array of decadent delights. With a tantalising and inventive selection of high tea treats from afternoon tea sandwiches to boutique flans, tartlets, cakes, meringues, and the Saxon signature macaroon, Pastry Chef, Minette Smith’s flair emanates through her creations. Each and every delicate indulgence uses only the finest imported and local ingredients, from Valrhona chocolate and gold leaf from France to the clotted cream for the scones that originates from the Cape.
“What we are trying to create at the Saxon High Tea are memories…and overall experience that one will cherish for years to come,” says Minette. “Adding to the experience, our tea sommeliers are here to guide guests through the extensive tea selection.” Exclusively serving Yswara, an African tea collection of rare leaves sourced and blended on the continent, the tea sommeliers are trained in the art of tea brewing and food pairing. Yswara tea is the perfect accompaniment to the sumptuous High Tea menu, with a predilection for the ritual around creating the perfect cup.
Whether you have a penchant for sweet or savoury delicacies, Minette Smith’s tantalizing menu of handcrafted epicurean delights will be the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon of indulgence. “Combining passion, expertise and the latest global gourmet food trends, the Chefs take guests on an experiential journey to explore the emotive culinary relationships between food and tea,” adds Minette. “I put my heart and soul into every item on the table and believe fervently in the philosophy that things need not only be aesthetically appealing, they need to be appetizing as well.”
The Saxon High Tea is served from 11am to 4pm from Tuesday through to Saturday for £25 (R395) per person.