June 25, 2021

World-class treats at the Plettenberg

The Plettenberg Hotel with Jenny Handley



My most edible memory of Plett is the one of sitting in the lounge of The Plettenberg Hotel, devouring freshly-baked scones with lashings of butter, jam and cream. It was therefore a no-brainer to make high tea there the highlight of a short Garden Route escape with friends who had not indulged in this spoil before…


A jaw-dropping, uninterrupted 180-degree ocean view rises to meet you as you pass through reception and the contemporary lounge decorated in vivid blues and neutrals. Our awesome foursome settled at a table outside where we could not miss a minute of this unparalled sight that stretched to the pinnacle of the Eastern Cape.

Jenny Handley at The Plettenberg Hotel


A bottle of bubbly and many cheers, then we were ready to indulge in a three-tiered cake stand of sandwiches and sweet treats. The selection of smoked salmon and cream cheese, smoked chicken mayo, free-range egg mayo and classic cucumber were light and delicately flavoured. Perfect. After my first I decided to cut each in half and pace myself, concerned that I may not be able to taste every inviting sweet component.


It was with the classic scone that I started, topped with raspberry jam and piped with cream. Every other offering had equal finesse, from the mini apple crumble and chocolate lamington to my favourite vanilla gateaux. The seasonal berry pavlova was exquisite – crisp and delicious. The lime jellies added a touch of interest, and the caramel fudge resulted in us agreeing to a take-away box – we were beaten! Earl Grey and peppermint tea accompanied what was an unforgettable afternoon of reminding ourselves how lucky we are to live in a place where we have a world-class setting, cuisine and service.

Jenny Handley - Garden Route


It was also a treat to reconnect with manager MJ Birch, who I met when working at Ellerman House a few years ago. He took us over the road to the gracious annex of the hotel that not only commands the same breathtaking views over a rim-flow pool but offers family and dog-friendly suites. It is here that Fido gets a dog bed, bowls, treats and a welcome letter informing him or her of where the best walks are (and a few owner-management instructions!). A special menu too. This, and the flexibility of the accommodation that can morph into a multitude of family configurations, all offering privacy. The spa is another attraction.

All-in-all, it was no surprise when I heard my friends question MJ about their fabulous pay-for-three, stay for four package. I have a feeling that they will be back in the blink of an eye.

No doubt with the high tea being a highlight – at R175 it offers not only an exceptional experience, but value for money too.

Dogs paradise at The Plettenberg with Jenny Handley
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