Rosemary Hill hosts authentic tea parties, specialising in bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays and special events like christenings. All our treats are individually made from scratch by our passionate pastry team and beautifully presented on three-level tiers. Tables are elegantly laid with beautiful floral designer crockery, fresh flowers, damask tablecloths and finished off with your choice of overlay or runner. So, make yourself at home, try on an old hat and in these moments of contemplation and celebration, let’s remember to spend our teatime treasuring friendships and family.
Tea is our passion! We started doing tea parties here 8 years ago when Theresa dusted off her grandmother’s old hats that she inherited. Our tea is specially and freshly blended for us by a Tea Master in Johannesburg and we receive new stock every two weeks or so. We have, in our current selection, 4 black teas (Spicy Chai Black, Earl Grey, French Vanilla, Ceylon), 3 green teas (Japanese Cherry, Pear, Mango) and 8 herbal teas (Hibiscus, Ginger Chilli Chocolate Rooibos, Mint Chocolate Rooibos, Sweet Cinnamon Rooibos, Bourbon Vanilla Rooibos, Strawberry Burst Rooibos). Most of the ingredients are sourced locally and the range is about 80% organic. It has been said that tea is wealth itself, because there is nothing that cannot be lost, no problem that will not disappear, no burden that will not float away, between the first sip and the last. One reason tea makes us feel good is because of its physical effects. The caffeine it contains banishes fatigue and lifts our spirits without coffee’s jolt or letdown, at the same time its healthful polyphenols act to calm us. Tea is the only substance known that both stimulates and soothes. But the sense of genial well-being, comes in large measure, from the tea ceremony itself. It is an exchange of simple courtesies and the sharing of simple pleasures that induces a pleasant harmony not otherwise obtainable.
“Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties”
Lu Yu – an Eight Century Chinese Poet
Your High Tea includes the following:
Venue hire of semi-private area of your choice, tables elegantly laid with white damask tablecloths and napkins, beautiful floral designer crockery, cutlery and rose bowls, hostess and serving staff for your special event, old hats provided for fun, your choice of overlays or runners: Grey Gypsy Stripe Griffin Runner, Violet Brocade Runner, Scrumptious Delicious Runner, Maroon Toile Runner, Champagne Hearts Runner, Hessian & Net Overlay, Hessian & Doilies Overlay, Elegant All-White, Olive Green Tafeta Runner.
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High Tea Menu:
Chef’s special arrival drink
Maple-glazed pork belly served with fermented pear chutney.
Chicken curry-mayo and watercress finger sandwich on wholewheat bread
Savoury éclair with a basil cream and heirloom tomatoes.
Petit Beef Wellington with a wild mushroom duxelle.
Salmon tartare served with Crème Fraiche in a black sesame cornet.
Coconut and ginger Frappé
Deconstructed Tiramisu served on Hazelnut praline
Salted Meringue filled with a Lemon curd icing and topped with a mini liquorice macaron
Apple bavarois, served with green apple jelly
Raw cacao and berry scones served with clotted cream
Speciality Loose Leaf Tea, Filter Coffee & Cappuccino
* Vegetarian & gluten-free menu available
You are welcome to bring your own sparkling wine, we will supply glasses and ice buckets!
Tea is served on the following days and times by appointment only
(and subject to availability) @R195 pp
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (for groups of 10 or more) at 14h00. Please budget two hours for your tea party. However, you are welcome to stay until the coffee shop closes at 17h00
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays (for groups of 2 to 50) at 10h00 or 11h00. Please budget two hours for your tea party. However, you are welcome to stay until the coffee shop closes at 14h00.
Optional gifts for your guests:
Packet of Homemade cookies – R25 each
Tuscany Rosemary Plant wrapped in brown paper & ribbon – R25 each
Rosemary Hill Signature Room Spray – R65 each
Hummingbird’s Hollow can seat up to 14 guests. The ceiling has wooden beams so you can hang more decor from there. This venue is outside. Patio heaters are used on cold days.
Barbet’s Burrow can seat up to 40 guests and the wooden boards along two of the sides allow you to put up your own decor like photos. The ceiling has wooden beams so you can hang more decor from there. This venue is outside. Patio heaters are used on cold days. It has a bird theme with birds painted along two of the sides.
Lourie’s Lair can seat up to 24 guests and the wooden boards along two of the sides allow you to put up your own decor like photos. The ceiling has wooden beams so you can hang more decor from there. This venue is outside. Patio heaters are used on cold days. It has a heart theme with different types of hearts against two of the sides.
Plover’s Place, can seat up to 30 guests. The ceiling has wooden beams so you can hang more decor from there. This venue is outside. Patio heaters are used on cold days. It has a farm theme and is decorated with farm implements, enamel plates and hay bales.
Weather permitting we can set your table up outside in the rose garden. In the event of rain or unpleasant wind we can easily move your table into the restaurant area inside.
Please note: We are a working farm which means equipment, tractors, bakkies, and people are going about their daily work, please take care and ensure that your children are supervised at all times
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