Eat out ­­– The pearl of ­ swirling High Teas

2010-09-24 13:27

Ever since it opened its doors as a ­hotel in the 1930s, the Oyster Box ­Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks, just north of Durban, has been a hotspot on the hospitality circuit of South Africa’s eastern ­seaboard.

Construction began on the original ­building in 1869, and it was used as a ­navigational beacon until the.

Sugar, spice and all things nice are for tea.A beach cottage, known as the Oyster Box, was converted ­into a hotel in the 1930s.
Twenty years later, the building underwent many architectural changes, some of which have been incorporated into the swish ­renovated hotel that now gazes out to sea on the same spot that was once a marker for ships at sea.

Since its reopening to the public a year ago, following three years of extensive ­rebuilding, the world-famous hotel has ­become even more of a hot-property leisure destination.

The renovation was undertaken by the hotel’s new owners, the Red Carnation Group, a conglomerate of five-star boutique hotels across the world, including The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town and Chesterfield Mayfair in London.

The hotel now entices upmarket international tourists, as well as discerning local visitors who relish its old-world charm, its spectacular Indian Ocean vistas, and its easy access to pristine beaches right on its ­doorstep.

Not least of The Oyster Box’s attractions are its gracious décor and its superb, cross-cultural cuisine.

What better way to sample these, should you wish to celebrate a special occasion, than by treating yourself and your friends to one of its legendary High Teas?

Prepared under the five-star outfit’s executive chef, Kevin Joseph, these are served from 2.30pm to 5pm daily in the hotel’s beautifully appointed Palm Court.

While the menu changes regularly, expect a sumptuous array of freshly baked cakes, tartlets and exquisitely prepared sweetmeats and ice-creams, alongside a wide variety of savoury dishes such as elegantly battered prawns, delicately flavoured quiches and a selection of freshly cut sandwiches.

The cost per person is R135, on an eat-as-much-as-you-can basis.
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