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Following extensive renovations and a luxury revamp, Lanzerac wine estate infuses new life into its charming offering with a delectable afternoon tea.

History, Heritage and Afternoon Tea at Lanzerac Wine Estate

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Afternoon Tea Lanzerac | House and Leisure

Enjoying a spot of afternoon tea is one of our favourite pastimes. And where better to do so than at one of the Cape's loveliest estates? Dating back to 1692 and having undergone more than one radical transformation in its time, Lanzerac wine estate is steeped in history and rich Cape heritage. Positioned in the idyllic Jonkershoek valley on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, the estate was recently lovingly reimagined, making it a modern-day destination that hasn’t sacrificed on nostalgia. 

In the early hours of 28 May 2017, a fire tragically damaged the hotel’s main operational areas. This resulted in a necessary closure and revamp that took a total of 13 months to complete. Incorporating the estate’s legacy and Cape Dutch charm, while rejuvenating and updating its facilities and infrastructure, the revamp has propelled Lanzerac to five-star status. Its wine, spa and luxury accommodation are all superb. And now visitors can also linger longer for afternoon tea in the sun-drenched dining room. 

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Afternoon Tea Lanzerac | House and Leisure

Make Time for this Afternoon Tea

An intimate, immersive affair complete with sweet and savoury delights, afternoon tea at Lanzerac starts with a glass of the estate's MCC Blanc de Blancs Brut. And of course, there is also a selection of TWG teas on offer. When it comes to the food, the afternoon tea offering is conceptualised by Lanzerac's executive chef, Stephen Fraser.

Afternoon Tea Lanzerac | House and Leisure

Tuck into delicate, creative courses featuring the likes of potato blinis with Earl Grey smoked salmon, crème fraîche and caviar; prawn cocktails with dill and avocado en croute; and Parmesan biscuits with goat’s cheese, asparagus salad and edible flowers. Move on to buttermilk scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam; almond profiteroles with rose-water cream; and raspberry mini battenbergs, macarons and petit fours.

It’s a perfect mix of sweet, savoury and fancy. 

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Afternoon Tea Lanzerac | House and Leisure

In sunny weather, visitors can stroll the oak-lined grounds before settling in for a wine tasting in the tasting room. Or spend the evening enjoying Fraser’s à la carte menu in the Manor Kitchen before a nightcap in the Craven Lounge. And to properly explore the quaint, small-town quirks of Stellenbosch, not to mention the award-winning wineries on the Helshoogte pass, book your stay in one of Lanzerac's elegant, individually styled rooms. 

Afternoon Tea Lanzerac | House and Leisure

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To find out more and make a booking for afternoon tea and other meals at Lanzerac wine estate, visit the Lanzerac website.