Things you didn’t know about “Afternoon Tea” and how to enjoy it at The Beverley Hills Hotel (Durban)

Okay, this isn’t really a ‘Gauteng’ happening, but when this info landed up in my mailbox I just had to find a way to share it!

Myself and some of my foodie friends have been looking for a cool place to go for “Tea” (with a capital letter T – and hopefully wearing soft pastels and huge hats), so this really appeals to me – although it is in Durbs 😉  But I thought that my buddies in Durban will definitely find this info useful!

So here goes:

The Beverley Hills will now offer their bespoke Signature Afternoon Tea Buffet at the Sugar Club every Friday and Saturday from 14.30 – 16.30.  So, imagine this, breathtaking ocean views, a luxurious five star venue, speciality imported teas (and/or ice cold bubbly), live entertainment and gourmet freshly baked tea time treats.  Sounds absolutely heavenly, don’t you think?



What I also enjoyed immensely, was this interesting snippet of information sent, and I am quoting directly:


Afternoon tea service is a great British tradition that’s laced with rules. For those of us who didn’t grow up with tea as part of a regular schedule, it can certainly get confusing.

First, learn the proper terminology. Not all teas are created equal.

“Afternoon tea” is typically a social affair intended to help fill the gap between lunch and dinner.

“High tea”—though often confused with afternoon tea—was originally a more substantial evening meal with a savory dish or two consumed by the working classes after a long day at work.


Ready to enjoy a spot of tea? Here’s some dos and don’ts.


  • Always use loose tea. It tastes so much better.
  • Let the tea steep as long as you like. If it is not to your taste, ask for a fresh pot. Tea should be replenished regularly.
  • Feel free to request different milk –Full fat, soy, skim should all be available.
  • Stir the tea delicately.
  • Eat the finger sandwiches with your hands. They are designed for and named after their purpose. Cakes tend to be more delicate and require at least a fork. A scone with cream and jam needs a guiding hand.



  • Add the milk first. Milk should be added after the tea so you can properly gauge how much you need to balance the strength of the brew.
  • White tea, green tea, and infusions are suitable to drink with milk.
  • Pronounce the long “o” in “scone.” It is properly pronounced “scon.”
  • Dunk your biscuits.

And enjoy at a leisurely pace.

Oh my goodness – which I could enduldge in a leisurely afternoon tea sipping every afternoon!  Such a treat 🙂

The cost of this Afternoon tea experience is R265 per person.  Call Chrizanne on 031 561 2211 or email her on to make your booking.

The Beverley Hills Hotel is part of the Tsogo Sun Group – Tsogo Sun: The Beverley Hills Hotel

The info received for the content of this post was obtained via PR Press Release



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