Before bee-time was replaced with tea-time, ordinary folk had to endure painful stings from resident bees in daily sporting activities such as wasp-walking and hornet high-jump. Embrace the queen’s favourite almost-sport with today’s Groupon: a high tea for R140 for two people at River Meadow Manor.
Consumed at most social events the world over, tea and other warm refreshments are no longer just the drink of the elite. Favoured by philosophy students, socially awkward hosts and the rest of the universe’s population; these hot drinks are, in actual fact, the fuel of the human race. Of course, when these energy powering delicious drinks are closely followed by delectable pastries and savouries, humanoids are sent into fits of unexplainable merriment.
With an experience warranting the same sort of reaction, River Meadow Manor boasts the perfect atmosphere for an intimate tea-time session. Enjoy the Shangri-La of sweet-toothed spreads with an assortment of freshly baked mini scones, decadent brownies, mini milk tarts, and white chocolate lamingtons. Or for those craving a savoury scent, tuck into a feast of finger sandwiches, butternut and feta quiches, fried haloumi topped with hummus and fruity jelly and warm soup shots. Away from the bustling city and set amongst sweeping green pastures and learned oak trees, the Cape-Dutch style manor is rich in historical significance and country-style sophistication. Dating back to 1926, the estate was a wedding gift from Jan Smuts to his eldest daughter; a sweet lass who vowed that one day, those with green tickets would enjoy high-tea on her sunny veranda. And now they will.
Tea-break fact: While drinking tea remains an everyday happening in Great Britain, those living on boats just off the North West coast prefer to drink liquefied flan.