While tea time is undoubtedly my favourite time, afternoon tea is my ultimate time. Afternoon tea is a decadent affair and when done right it is a perfect opportunity to sit back and relax. It is a social event in the afternoon where you sip on tea and snack on delightful treats, in the afternoon to curb off any hunger until dinner time.
It has been said that 54 on Bath puts on quite a spread for afternoon tea. So, as the inquisitive person I am, I had to see if these rumours were true to their word.
LEVEL FOUR AT 54 ON BATH
54 on Bath is centrally located in Rosebank, Johannesburg with just a short walk to Rosebank Mall, some famous art galleries and is in the centre of the entertainment hub. When you walk through the front door however, you leave the hustle and bustle behind you. You are greeted by a hotel that oozes modern chic, contemporary finishes and a vibrant colour palette.
Afternoon tea is served at the Level Four restaurant. Level Four is a classy, dynamic little spot known for its contemporary cuisine and fine dining. The restaurant also has a cute little terrace with well manicured gardens. When the sun is shining, the terrace is the perfect spot for afternoon tea. If the weather is a bit on the rainy side, the inside of Level Four is just as cosy for a cup of tea.
We enjoyed our afternoon tea in the lush gardens in the terrace, which had me feeling like I was in Wonderland with Alice.
Afternoon tea starts off with a welcome drink of apple and cinnamon iced tea. On a hot Spring day, it was just what you need to quench your thirst before eating your way through the tiers of treats. You are then given a menu of tea’s to choose from, with a variety that will leave the Queen impressed. The best part is you can order as many teas as you like. So you can work your way through the entire menu, leaving satisfied you tried all the varieties and flavours. From Chinese to English, spiced to flavoured, and Rooibos to Green tea, everyone is catered for. According to the boyfriend, he perfectly described it as an afternoon spent tea tasting.
Our favourite was the Red of Africa blend. A delicate rooibos blended with sweet tea spices and marigold.
The tea time treats are served on a traditional three-tiered stand that is brought to your table. The selection of savoury and sweet delights will satisfy every tooth. From salmon quiche, to cucumber sandwiches, little tartlets and slices of cake, the selection certainly wowed us. The highlight though were the light and fluffy scones served with delicious homemade jam and clotted cream … Just how traditional scones should be served.
The baked goods were so moreish that thankfully the trays are replenished as soon as the food disappears.
The afternoon tea doesn’t end there …
There is also a display table offering an array of macaroons, fresh fruit and sugar. Yip, sugar. From cubed and crystals to grains and even syrups. Oh and more tea.
Afternoon tea at 54 on Bath sure is a feast for the eyes and the tummy. The spread was elaborate, the feast was satisfying and the whole ambience was sophisticated.
So, the rumours are true … Afternoon tea at 54 on Bath is an experience and a half.