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Ohh Nelly . . . !

Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Capetown, South Africa ('the Nelly')

rain 17 °C
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So after a few days of good food, we decide to treat ourselves and top it all with Tea at the Mount Nelson hotel – a lush throwback to colonial times, with beautiful grounds and the buildings all painted . . . pink! After Tea at the Ritz in London a couple times, we expected to be treated with at least a bit of disdain, showing up in our backpacker-ish apparel (hiking shoes, northface trousers, rain jackets). Yet, the doorman – in top hat, and ¾ length coat – welcomed us with a genuine smile and inquired, ”Two for tea?”

The service continued throughout, with an exceptional hostess, and gracious waitstaff who insisted on a clean plate for each course (Jacquie managed 5, Lloyd 4…). Although many were dressed in their Sunday best, plenty of us were a bit down-market, yet all were completely welcomed. Very nice!

But the service was just the start . . . with a pot of tea quickly served up, we made our way to the tea buffet! It was an amazing assortment of savory and sweet – the typical traditional sandwiches of cucumber, ham or salmon – accompanied by numerous other offerings, all in bite size portions. And each tasty bite was excellent!

From savory, we ventured to the sweet, and beyond the home-made marshmallows which delighted Jacquie, there were myriad chocolate offerings, set out on chocolate trays. The trays themselves were inch thick, 12x24 inch trays that held nothing short of a choc-oholics dream. Suffice it to say that the chocolate torte with a large dollop of chocolate mousse finished with a chocolate wedge was enough to sate my sweet tooth for a month; so I had two!

Here's Jacquie enjoying the buffet selection:

Posted by lloydthyen 19:05 Archived in South Africa Tagged round_the_world

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