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Afternoon Tea

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Contemporary, European
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76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 483 1000
07:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:30 - 22:00
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Dinner Plain, Australia
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

High tea at the Mount Nelson, or simply tea or coffee and scones, is always a special occasion. Everything's good, but the magic lies in the elegance and grandeur of the whole entourage. Our waiter (was it Thobela?) made us feel welcome and comfortable, pianist Mike Stuppel provides a wonderful finishing touch. Any chance of relaying the music outdoors? And... More 

1 Thank Dododog
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Have already reviewed this wonderful venue for afternoon tea and just wish to add a photo to confirm what you can experience there.

Thank Irene C
Surat, India
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter recently turned 13 and to mark this special birthday we decided to visit the iconic Mount Nelson for tea on Sunday the 5th of February 2017. When we arrived we waited to be seated for what felt like a very long time and eventually we decided to seat ourselves. After waiting for about ten minutes I decided to... More 

Thank nazlie e
Los Angeles, California
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171 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the High Tea at the Mt. Nelson (especially the top tray with smoked salmon sandwiches, etc.). Amazing scones. And the pastry table is great (we had one of our party who would try to occasionally snatch an occasional chocolate eclair when walking by----it was too tempting). If you're staying at the hotel, you have to have the high... More 

1 Thank WorldTravelerAsia
Surrey, United Kingdom
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209 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We'll start with the good bits. Arrived at the Mount Nelson by car, drove to the entrance and very helpful staff parked our car. This is an historic building dating back to 1899 and opened months before the South African War (Anglo-Boer War) started so it soon became a place of refuge for the wealthy fleeing the goldfields of the... More 

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JohannLBadenhorst, Manager at Afternoon Tea, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We wish to thank you for the great review on our history and the attentive staff that assisted you on arrival. We apologize for the disappointment on the waiter's side for not explaining that we have a separate Buffet set-up by the Windsor table stocked with fresh plates and cake forks readily available. We will re-address with all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Best experience ever. Beautiful hotel, amazing staff, delicious cakes and treats. An experience not to be missed.

Thank nazeemavanrooyen
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our favourite place to take visitors for a drink, cocktail or afternoon tea. The gardens are beautiful and very relaxing to just sit. Service is excellent. Cakes are delicious.

Thank wonderfulrooms
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So we went here for the afternoon tea, somewhat anxious about the fair number of less-than-great reviews. We needn't have worried, greeted and taken care of from the reception and onwards. Lovely atmosphere and setting. I can't speak for other people's experiences of course but at least as far as we're concerned, unless you regularily take your afternoon tea in... More 

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Great Missenden, null, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

We phoned and made a reservation on arrival we were met by a less than engaged front of house person - she insisted we were not on the list and went off to speak to her manager - did not find her manner of great help before she did this - on returning with the manger after a bit of... More 

Thank Abigail S
Cape Town
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17 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I invited my goddaughter to evening tea but would not return for that. Our reservation (confirmation of which I got in writing) seemed not have been noted. The waiter who brought the tea said he will be back to prepare it but didn't. Not a problem, we can do that ourselves, but don't promise what you don't keep. We waited... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$100
Contemporary, European
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Valet Parking
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 76 Orange Street | Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
  • Phone Number: +27 21 483 1000
Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber. Follow with a delectable dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves. Adding a special local flavour is a typical South African milk tart, called "melktert" in Afrikaans. During the winter months you can also enjoy a selection of warm treats. Expect mushroom empanadas, tomato tarts and chicken pies. The signature Mount Nelson Tea has been expertly blended from six teas: Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from our garden. In addition, we offer an array of leaf and flowering teas. Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea is served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?