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“There are a few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as an afternoon tea.”

Henry James

The Franschhoek valley knows how to live the high life and for me, nothing says posh like a decadent exotic teas paired with delicate scones, pastries and soft sandwiches. I was recently invited to try the new Afternoon Tea offering at Leeu Estates, one of the various luxurious properties that form part of the Leeu Collection, and it was pure pleasure.

Settled on the slopes of the mountain, Leeu Estates treats you to some spectacular views of the valley and a selection of life’s finer things. Art is scattered across the grounds and the various lounge areas for you to peruse on your visit. Then wave for some crisp bubbly or refreshing white wine and take a seat on the porch.  Settle in for some fine dining. Spend a day at their spa.

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Their Afternoon Tea ties in perfectly with this feeling of pristine indulgence. Think tiers of sweet and savoury treats, from buttermilk and apricot scones with homemade jam and clotted cream to bonbons, macarons, verrines, religieuse, strawberry gateau, mille fueille and chocolate gateau. Don’t worry if you can’t pronounce it, just eat it.

Savoury treats include oaked smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, dill and crème fraiche, garden spinach & feta quiche, coronation chicken and mini BLT baps.

Complete the experience with the Leeu Collection 8-strong tea collection, or add some bubbly to your day.

The Leeu Estates Afternoon Tea menu derives its inspiration from Leeu Collection’s Head pastry chef, Martin Senekal, who has extensive experience in various kitchens, including collaborations with Design Indaba, Hugo Boss and Cape Town Fashion Week.

The menu will change seasonally to ensure the freshest produce and home-grown fruits from Leeu Estates.

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I highly recommend heading out to try this. The location is divine and everything we tasted was absolutely gorgeous (those scones! And the macarons!).

Best part? While you’ll feel like a millionaire, it won’t cost you a fortune! The Leeu Estates Afternoon tea costs just R190 per person and includes a pot of tea. You can also pair it with some bubbly at an additional cost.

Afternoon Tea and will be served from 2pm-5pm every day of the week. Bookings are essential. Contact 021 492 2222 for reservations.


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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