The British have an excellent way of dealing with stressful, everyday situations; cold weather, sadness, morning traffic and Royal weddings which bring economic-infrastructure to a grinding halt can all be made better by the judicious application of the near-mystical beverage referred to as tea. Find out for yourself why tea is seen as the solution to all of life’s problems with High Tea for two at Rosemary Hill for R100.
Contrary to popular belief, High Tea is not just manners, lace and dainty foods eaten by women in petticoats and large, floral hats. The beautiful farm surroundings not ten minutes from Pretoria East make Rosemary Hill the perfect place to kick back in true rustic style and get a taste of how High Tea should be. Surrounded the soothing scents of the nearby lavender and rosemary plantations and the herbs from the nursery, it’s easy to forget about things like the petrol price and banking, losing yourself in the time-honoured tradition of tea and finger sandwiches. With a High Tea menu that not includes cappuccino, fourteen speciality teas and sparkling wine, but also the classic cucumber sandwiches and salmon crumpets with crème fraiche, there is sure to be something to tantalise any taste bud.
Specially prepared and served on tiered-trays, the freshly baked cakes, cupcakes and pastries really are quite dainty, so a bit of indulgence won’t do you any harm. One of the few establishments in Gauteng offering an authentic High Tea experience, Rosemary Hill won’t leave you standing in line with a side-plate; all the dishes are freshly prepared, garnished with herbs and flowers direct from their garden, and brought directly to you and your partner by a friendly waiter.
Even if you’re just there for a cup of Oolong and a rosewater-glazed scone, stick around for the newly planted maze or the mountain trail. If you’re lucky, you might even catch the bouquet of a passing bride, as word among the locals is that Rosemary Hill is quite the famous wedding venue.
Did ‘Brew’ Know: Tea was first invented by a young man whose nickname was “Popped Collar”. One day, while washing the underside of a red car, a stray leaf blew into his bucket of water. After noticing the appealing aroma coming from the bucket, he took a sip and immediately developed a British accent.