Summery Al Fresco Experiences at the Mount Nelson Hotel

Words: Crush

Jasmine-scented breezes, majestic mountain views and expansive African skies: with the arrival of summer at the Mount Nelson Hotel, you are invited to enjoy languid days in the hotel’s lush gardens and amazing new al fresco experiences.

On December 10th, the legendary Mother City pink retreat reopened its doors, allowing guests to once again kick back, relax and enjoy the open-air pleasures of the leafy garden estate. Renowned chef, Rudi Liebenberg, has curated a range of tempting al fresco experiences, from picnics and afternoon teas to sparkling moments on the Planet Bar terrace.

Summery Al Fresco Experiences

Picnic perfection

New for this season The Mount Nelson team are introducing a novel culinary service: gourmet picnics by the pool or in the shade of our timeless trees. Choose to lounge by the heated swimming pool, soaking up the vistas, or have your basket laid out in a sheltered spot in the garden.

Delve into the wicker hamper to discover light finger food delicacies, Wineland’s cheeses, artisanal Bosman, Spier and Jewell’s charcuterie served with homemade atchars, pickles and tapenades, and much more.

Chef Rudi, who believes in sourcing tasty regional produce as ethically as possible, suggests you add some sparkle with a local Cap Classique, or why not splash out with a vintage Champagne?

Picnics can be collected between 12h00 and 13h00 Thursdays to Sundays

Artful afternoon teas

Afternoon Tea has always made iconic moments at the Mount Nelson. Imagine the scene: debonair, fedora’d Henry Dike plays the grand piano as a silver tiered stand, glittering with sweet gems, is brought to your table. The spread showcases local and global classics, including traditional melktert with Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom, baked cheesecake with white chocolate and tangy berry tartelettes. And that’s just the start.

Baskets of warm, freshly baked scones and traditional koesisters sprinkled with coconut will beckon you to indulge.

afternoon tea at the mount nelson hotel

Savoury options include the hotel’s famous mushroom empanadas, cauliflower and onion pakoras, Farmer Angus beef frikkadels, and delicate finger sandwiches with enticing fillings such as smoked Franschhoek trout. Going green? Treat your taste buds to Chef Rudi’s imaginative plant-based menus.

As for the brew itself, The Mount Nelson offers an unparalleled selection of premium leaf and flowering teas from all over the world, as well as healthy local infusions. Make sure to try their signature Mount Nelson Tea, an exquisite blend with pink rose petals, or opt for the earthy, yet delicate orange and spice rooibos from the Cederberg.

Linger in the conservatory or outside on the terrace until the shadows start to lengthen. It’ll soon be time for a sundowner…

Afternoon Tea will be served in the sunny conservatory or on the outdoor terrace Thursdays to Sundays. There will be two sittings, one at12h00 and the second sitting is at 15h00

Note: for every Afternoon Tea ordered, R10 will be donated to Soupathon, a local soup kitchen that feeds close to 50,000 hungry people every week. The Mount Nelson has been supporting Soupathon since it was launched just after the nationwide lockdown began on 27 March 2020. 

Al fresco dining on the terrace

Eating outdoors is a particular pleasure of summer, and our picturesque terrace is perfect for sampling the daily surprises on Chef Rudi’s chalkboard. Cape Wild Foods, plant-based and slow food dishes feature prominently on his three-course lunch and dinner menus. We dare you to resist dandelion malfatti (sourced from the hotel garden), the perennially popular Malay and Indian chicken curry, and chewy-crispy pizzas made with slow-fermented dough.

Al Fresco Experiences

Lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel lounge or on the outdoor terrace Thursdays to Sundays from 12h00 – 22h00

The sky’s the limit at the Planet Bar

The Planet Bar menu has been newly curated so that you can drink, dine and toast any moment of the day. A light bite menu features brinjal biltong, General Tso’s cauliflower and mini puri balls with ceviche, as well as dishes such as Madras roasted lamb rib and a deliciously old-fashioned ice-cream sandwich. All of which keeps you rooted to this little piece of heaven on earth until the stars – and the cocktails – come out. 

Planet Bar is open from Thursdays to Sundays from 12h00 – 22h00

Suite dreams

After hours of balmy sunshine and mind-blowing foodie experiences, nothing tops the day off more perfectly than a night in one of our sought-after Garden Cottage Suites. Cocoon yourself in a private hideaway in this row of eight historic terraced cottages.

Relish the blooming garden and trellised verandah, as well as discreet, private access to the hotel’s second swimming pool. 

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Alternatively, you might choose one of the hotel’s elegantly appointed rooms in a wing with sweeping views of Table Mountain or a vista over the hotel’s lush gardens. Either way, after a blissful night’s rest, you’ll be raring to do it all again.

Please note that bookings are essential.  Contact the restaurant reservations department via email or book your overnight stay with the rooms reservations team. | Facebook | Instagram

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