Tea at The Silo Hotel is a Royal Affair

Tea at The Silo Hotel is a Royal Affair

A teatime spread that’ll impress even the biggest Bake Off fans.

Towering above the V&A Waterfront in The Silo District – and occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – is the momentous and stylish Silo Hotel where I was lucky enough to experience its Royal Tea.

Tea is taken in the stylish sixth-floor Granary Café, where dark-brown leather couches, large glossy tables and an eclectic collection of contemporary art enhance the regal atmosphere. Plenty of natural light floods in through the large multi-faceted “inflated” glass windows, which were designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick and for which the building is fast becoming famous for.  


Silo Hotel Waterfront

Come hungry – and in your most comfortable loose-waisted pants – as the Royal Tea (R275 per person), created by talented pastry chef Devin Jones, is a decadent affair. It arrives on circular three-tiered wire trays, but only after you’ve had a chance to enjoy that first cup of loose-leaf tea (there are eight varieties to choose from) – or coffee, if you are so inclined.

On the trays are four delicious buttermilk scones (accompanied by whipped and clotted cream, jam, butter and 6 month mature cheddar); salmon-and-dill and cucumber-and-mint finger sandwiches; egg mayonnaise finger sandwiches; bobotie empanadas and savory madeleines; two macarons, profiteroles with a flavoured filling (changes daily); and Cherry & Pistachio and Dark chocolate lemon petit fours. Everything is utterly scrumptious, and if you find yourself struggling to eat it all (as we did), you are more than welcome to take some home (to enjoy as a late-night snack, as I did).

We found the waitstaff to be friendly and tentative, and we appreciated that The Silo team is more than happy to accommodate special-occasion requests and dietary requirements (just give them 48 hours notice). All Royal Tea bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance.

Good to know For a less formal affair you can order Afternoon Tea for R160. This dainty affair includes the pastry chef’s selection of tasty sweet treats including the cake of the day and a variety of savoury snacks. And you don’t have to book!

Where to find it The Silo Hotel, Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town




2pm – 4pm


Afternoon Tea: R160
Royal Tea: R275 (1 – 7 guests)
Royal Tea: R375 (8 guests or more, includes parking, bubbly and service fee)


021 670 0500


The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 01 May 2018

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6 Responses to “Tea at The Silo Hotel is a Royal Affair”

  1. lynette

    Hi there

    I would like to know if it is possible for me to arrange a High tea for 20 people for my daughter’s kitchen tea at the Silo Hotel. Please could you let me know how to go about. Unfortunately the bride to be is gluten intolerant. Will there be gluten free options for her?


    Lynette van wyk

  2. Anthony


    Regarding the tray of decadent and delicious teatime treats, for the R225 per person, is that one tray shared between two or more, or is that one tray for an individual, or one tray for all and more could be ordered.


    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Anthony

      You receive a circular three-tiered tray with two of each treat. The whole tray is shared between two people with each person paying R225 to experience the Royal Tea.


  3. Juie

    Good day,

    Please can I make a booking for the 19th for the high tea for 4 people.


    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Julie, you’re through to The Inside Guide. If you’d like to book a place at the Silo High Tea, you can contact them directly at 021 670 0500 or dining@thesilohotel.com. Please bear in mind that bookings need to be made 24 hours in advance.