High Tea: Twelve Apostles Hotel

By Zaytoon-Nisa Noorbhai

 Cuisine at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Cape Town is known to have four seasons in a day and the day that I decide to book a High Tea, Murphy’s Law will prevail.  There was a fog cloud over the ocean the entire morning – not allowing any sea views. However, once we arrived at the Twelve Apostles Hotel (12A), we were greeted by rays of sunshine. My prayers were answered and we were not disappointed as this hotel is all about location.  

 On arrival at the busy hotel lobby the doorman showed us the way and we then wandered to the Conservatory Bar, on the third floor of the hotel. It was the ideal location for us as we had the privacy we needed for my little girl (19 months) to run and play at ease and we had the entire buffet to ourselves. This venue gives the best of both outlooks as it has partial sea and mountain views.

 High Tea or as it’s more commonly known at the 12A, ‘’Tea by the Sea” is an indulgent two hour experience, served from 2-4 pm in the Leopard Bar, The Cafe Grill and Conservatory Bar – you are spoilt for seating choice. I would suggest the former two if you want unspoilt views of the ocean. 


So let’s get to the food … my favourite part. The hotel is halaal friendly, which according to them means that they have halaal meat / chicken however the kitchen is not approved halaal. After reading the rave over The Oyster Box, I was expecting this Red Carnation affiliated hotel to also serve an array of selections. However, I was somewhat disappointed with the selection, as we only had a quarter of what was on offer. In hind sight, considering that they only needed to cater for three (and a half) we did not go hungry. It was quite fitting that the tables are set around the edge of the room as we could use these as day beds to recover from all the eating LOL 


The selection laid out for us, were scrumptious scones served the traditional way; macaroons, three types of chocolate cakes, chocolate brownies, chocolate mousse and a cheese platter which I found unusual but totally up my ally as I lurve this; fruit salad and fruit eclairs. Something for everyone’s taste.

The table setting was perfect with rose Maxwell Williams crockery and you really get the old colonial feel, which comes through with the wooden ceiling fans. The one thing which the waitress emphasised on is that you get one hot drink with your selection (be it a tea or coffee) – anything over and above was billed for.



The cost for the ‘”Tea by the Sea” is ZAR 215.00 pp. so on an average spend you get a full tummy. Tea is also served during the week between 10am and 4pm. To book email restaurants@12apostles.co.za, visit 12apostleshotel.com or call 021 437 9029.

Images Courtesy of Zaytoon- Nisa & 12A


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