I’ve always loved having tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson, it’s a real treat. The hotel is iconic and beautiful and quite frankly spending a few hours lazing around in their newly refurbished lounge sipping exquisite tea and nibbling on sweet and savoury snacks is kind of my perfect way to spend a few hours. If you are a visitor to Cape Town it’s a must-do experience to indulge in. 

I’m passionate about tea and my descent into geekery has been gradual but consistent. I don’t drink coffee so the mystery and traditions surrounding tea appeals to my food obsessive self, giving me the opportunity to explore all its nuances. And there is a lot to explore. From knowing where it comes from, how it’s grown, how its made and then how best to steep it to get the best out of the leaves is truly fascinating.

I also love a good tea ceremony and at the Nellie, that’s exactly what you get. They have tea sommeliers that have trained with Mingwei Tsai of Nigiro Tea Merchants on hand to help guide you through their extensive tea menu and it’s worth it at this juncture to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. The tea is poured at your table in see-through teapots so you can watch it brew to the precise length of time.

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

You can take your tea either in their inside lounge, their outside terrace that looks onto the garden, or where I prefer, in their conservatory with palmed wallpaper, parlour palms and giant strilitzia. It’s a stunning space filled with light that creates a calm environment, which is perfect to enjoy a cup of tea.

The food service proceedings start out with a tiered stand of savoury treats brought to your table and followed by the most feathery-light scones, jam and cream. You are then free to graze through the extensive sweet tables inside the lounge for the rest of your allocated teatime. It’s quite agonizing to decide what to have and what to leave off but given my sweet tooth, I indulged to the point of a sugar rush. More tea and more cake and you are set for a beautiful afternoon. Or morning or evening actually since they now offer a morning tea menu, two-afternoon sittings and one in the early evening. The menu for the morning and early evening will differ slightly from what I experienced as its created to better suit the time of day.

Opening Times

  • Morning Tea: 9:30–11:30am
  • Afternoon Tea: 1–3pm or 3:30–5:30pm
  • Evening Tea: 6–8:30pm
  • Tel: +27 21 483 1000
  • Email: restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com

This is what it looked like.

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

Tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson

 

*I was invited as a guest of the Belmond Mount Nelson

 

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4 Comments

  1. Dear Sam, I was privileged to visit Kaapstad when on the QE-2 World Cruise and drove all around the area. Kaapstad was a very beautiful, clean and inviting city. I am so happy to see that your unique and wonderful customs, culture and heritage is still going string. I would highly recommend visiting Kaapstad to anyone. Also I share this excellent blog with my former wife and still best friend and our two daughters who have followed their Mom’s tradition of being a gourmet cook.
    Always wishing you the very best, have fun, be well!
    HOWARD ALEXANDER STAFFORD
    https://www.facebook.com/STAFFORDCANADA

  2. Sam

    Thanks for the message Howard and kind words. Glad you enjoyed Cape Town and like my blog too. Best Sam

  3. Great info , i for one went to the Nellie as a child more than 50 yrs ago !! We now live in tne beautiful Cape& would dearly love to go there again .
    Please could you send me the menus& the rates .
    Many thanks
    Mrs Joy de Neef .

  4. Sam

    HI Joy. I wrote the article on my blog but I’m not the hotel. You can click on the links in the article which will take you to the Mount Nelson website where you can see the menu’s.

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