Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Winelands High Tea at La Motte

Pierneef a La Motte - the restaurant at La Motte wine estate

This weekend I visited La Motte wine estate to try out their Winelands Tea, which puts a traditional South African/Western Cape twist on high tea.

Pierneef a la Motte interior

We sat outside on the 'stoep' under the acorn trees, enjoying the green scenery. First up we had to choose our cake of the day to accompany the rest of our tea menu. I chose the raspberry cheesecake, while my husband chose the peppermint-crisp mini cake. Once ordered, we chose our respective teas. I opted for French Earl Grey and my husband chose Crème Caramel tea (with actual bits of caramel in the tea bag).

Winelands tea menu

TWG traditional teas

The Winelands Tea spread
 The tea was beautifully presented in hand-crafted crockery, designed and made specifically for La Motte. After enjoying our teas, we tried the House Blend coffee, made by a boutique roasteria in Paarl called Bean in Love.

It was such a lovely afternoon. Guests need to set aside 1 to 2 hours for the tea to make the most of the pleasant setting (check out the art gallery while you're there) and sip quietly on your tea while you listen to the acorns gently bouncing off the bedouin tent above...

Layers of smoked salmon pancake with cream cheese, biltong choux pastry, chocolate truffle, large macaroon and mini raspberry cheesecake

Cost: R125 per person (Sweet wine and Sparkling wine can be ordered at an additional R20 per glass)
Tue to Sun 09:00 – 17:00.
Closed on Christian religious holidays.
For more information, visit: http://la-motte.com/experience/pierneef/winelands-tea/

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