High Tea at Mount Nelson

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Sunday morning saw us at the Oasis at Mount Nelson for Morning Tea (high tea). The pathway to the lounge area where high tea is served was along some of the most beautiful scenery you could enjoy in the middle of the CBD. The lush gardens with neat hedges and the sound of the fountain set the mood for something relaxing and indulgent โ€“ and we received nothing less.

fountain at mount nelson
The fountain at Mount Nelson Hotel

It’s a lovely terrace with covered and open seating. We were served by a polite lady who took the time to explain how the Morning Tea is served and gave us the opportunity to experience “tea”: it was made in front of us with the fragrant tea leaves.

view from above
Our two-tiered stand

There’s such a wide variety of special teas that we were undecided for some time. I opted for the vanilla with strawberry which turned out delicious. Our two-tiered stand was mesmerising. Scrumptious eats at the bottom and a mini heaven for me the sweet-toothed at the top. We also received a little basket with chocolate cookies, chocolate croissants and scones. I haven’t received this many edibles at a high tea before and even though we arrived hungry, we still didn’t manage to taste every single item we were served.

Croissant with cheese, pastrami, coriander and sauce
sweet delicacies
Pistachio and chocolate slice, cheesecake, and caramel eclair

Oh, and apparently the Morning Tea option is a ‘toned down’ version of the Afternoon Tea.

Mount Nelson is quite a hospitable venue. When we called to make a booking, we were offered the halal option before even asking โ€“ I love that this was an automatic response to hearing our names.

flower on the ground
Fallen flower along the pathway back

Watch out Mount Nelson… We’ll be returning for round #2 soon!

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19 Responses

  1. Arins

    This is beautiful! Cakes/pastries look so delectable! We have to do this the next time I visit CT ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Saints

    Will definitely have to try this in August when we pass through Cape Town again. A friend recommended tea at the Mount Nelson to us a few days ago, so this was really interesting. Good pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Saajida

      Oh that’s definitely a sign for you now – you just have to go! ๐Ÿ™‚

      We heard that Mount Nelson’s high tea is better than 12 Apostles Hotel’s and since we did 12 Apostles last year and LOVED it, we simply had to try out MN. I have to say… It’s a tough choice as to which one is better. I’m on the fence at the moment.

      • Saints

        Right, well didn’t realise there was 12 Apostles tea too – will have to carry out a proper tea test between the two now ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Glass

    Been here, glad they have that garden to explore, you just have to walk off the meal.

    • Saajida

      Pop by when you’re around and experience it for yourself. The pics don’t do justice!

  4. Ray

    This looks lovely! I’ve been struggling to find a halaal high tea venue! What are their prices like?

    • Saajida

      Hi Ray. Yes, it isnโ€™t so easy to find a fully halal high tea place. I think it was around R400+ for my husband and I at Mount Nelson. It cost more than the halal-friendly (veg substitutes) at the 12 Apostlesโ€™ high tea. Thereโ€™s a cosy halal high tea place called High Tea Tighty in Claremont if youโ€™re interested. Apparently the Table Bay Hotel has a halal high tea option thatโ€™s good (Iโ€™ve personally havenโ€™t tried it though). I hope you find something good. Let me know what you try โ€“ Iโ€™m always looking for new halal, highly rated places to try out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nikhat

    One of my daily pastimes since moving to Cape Town from Durban this year has been researching halaal spots to eat. So glad that I can put high tea at Mount Nelson on my list of places to try ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the overview!

  6. Nathima

    Mount Nelsons Afternoon High Tea I think is the best in Cape Town. Have been to 12A & Table Bay’s.

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