The Marine launches new ‘afternoon tea by the sea’ 

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THE Marine Hotel in Hermanus will celebrate the arrival of spring with the launch of a new afternoon tea offering to be served in the elegant Pavilion restaurant overlooking the ocean. The Marine Afternoon Tea by the Sea is available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 2pm and 5pm at R295 per person, and reservations are essential.

Prepared by head chef Oelof Vorster and executive sous chef Lesley Corneilse who heads up the pastry division, the decadent feast begins with a complimentary glass of Villiera Brut Rosé to accompany the savoury selection. These include dainty, crustless finger sandwiches, handmade chicken and mushroom empanada and confit lamb shoulder croquette with herb aioli. Vegetarian options are available with prior notification.

No afternoon tea is complete without freshly baked scones, and at The Marine the tradition continues, served with whipped cream, preserves and Boerenkaas. The indulgent sweet selection offers macarons and choux puff with chantilly and chocolate glaze that steal the show, presented on elegant cake stands and served on Jenna Clifford’s delicate Green Floral crockery by Lavish’d. The classic French cake gâteau opéra, with crème Anglaise, Italian meringue, butter cream, ganache and joconde sponge is another highlight of the afternoon tea, as well as a picture-perfect raspberry pavlova.

The delightful afternoon treat may be enjoyed with freshly ground coffee, or a pot of Dilmah tea, ranging from a choice between Supreme Ceylon, single estate Darjeeling, rose with French vanilla, natural infusion of blueberry and clove, and green tea with jasmine flowers or pure chamomile flowers.

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