Mount Nelson is a modest haven of peace and classic beauty beneath famous white pillars above the Company’s Garden. The hotel, one of Cape Town’s most beloved icons, is primarily recognized for its exquisite gardens, pale pink façade, and afternoon tea.

At Mount Nelson, tea is served in the hotel’s stunning garden verandah, the outdoor conservatory, or the Tea Lounge. This warm and welcoming area echoes the hotel’s distinctive color with Aubusson carpets and furnishings in soft rose tones. Henry Dike plays classics on a baby grand while you savor the excellent food and gorgeous surroundings in an elegant but laid-back atmosphere.

The Mount Nelson Hotel is known for its exceptional service and attention to detail, making your afternoon tea experience extraordinary. The allure of the occasion is enhanced when you have a cup of your preferred blend while admiring the breathtaking vistas of Table Mountain.

The historical significance of Mount Nelson will surround you as soon as you step inside the hotel’s magnificent lounge, taking you back in time. Tea etiquette and customs are dutifully followed, from the elegant china tea sets to the expertly made loose-leaf teas.

Enjoy the delicious cakes, pastries, finger sandwiches, and sweets arranged beautifully on a buffet. Select from a range of teas, including Rooibos, Earl Grey, and Darjeeling, and let the calming tastes carry you to a world of abundant refinement.

Mount Nelson High Tea Menu – 1295 per Person

High Tea Items
Pastries and Bread Selection
Cereal Selection (Including Gluten-Free and Vegan…)
Fresh Fruit and Assorted Dairy, Non-Dairy Yoghurts
Dried Fruit and Nuts Station
Crudité and Health Station
Romeat ant Guru
Selection of Sliced Continental
Selection of Cold Seafood Items
South African Cheese Selection
Egg and Omelette Station
Crêpes and Waffle Station
Juice and Smoothie Bar Selection
Health Kick Juice Selection

Mount Nelson Dessert Wines

Menu ItemPrice (R)
Joostenberg Noble Late HarvestR105
Klein Constantia Vin De ConstanceR430
Mullineux Straw WineR110
Vergelegen Semilion Straw Noble Late HarvestR110
Ramos Pinto Quinta Do Bom Retiro 30 Year Old PortR300

Mount Nelson South African Teas

Menu ItemDescription
AFRICAN PRIDE HONEYBUSHHoneybush tea flavored with marula and caramel is well-rounded, sweet, and full-bodied.
BLOOD ORANGE ROOIBOSRich, brilliant, and brightly colored with the subtle sweetness of blood orange essence, complementing the rooibos base.
BUCHUBuchu, used by the San people, is mildly minty with blackcurrant notes, offering medicinal properties for a healthy body.
COCOA ROOIBOSRooibos blended with roasted cocoa husks, providing a comforting combination with creamy notes.
GREEN ROOIBOSWealthy, brilliant, and brightly colored with the subtle sweetness of blood orange essence, complementing the rooibos base.
HONEY BUSHIndigenous to the fynbos kingdom, honeybush has woody floral notes, fruity hints of lemon and oranges, and nutty sweetness.
LAVENDER MORINGAAn energizing, vibrant, creamy, and grassy tisane.
ORANGE AND SPICEUltra-highgrade, pure highland rooibos dried to perfection for a greener cup with grassiness and sweetness.
PURE WILD ROOIBOSRooibos are flavored with spicy cinnamon, warming cardamom, comforting cloves, vanilla, and orange.
STRAWBERRY AND VANILLAPure rooibos flavored with sweet strawberry and vanilla – a child’s favorite.

Mount Nelson Loose Leaf Teas

CategoryMenu ItemDescription
WHITE TEABAI MU DAN (WHITE PEONY FLOWER)It dried slowly in rotating drums, tightly rolled balls, and hair-dried tea buds before flavor.
WHITE TEAWHITE MONKEYDelicate orange-colored infusion with a mild flavor, made from tea buds air-dried before opening.
WHITE TEAFLOWERGATE TEAA delicate nutty honey fragrance characterizes this fascinating white tea from China’s Fujian province.
GREEN TEABANCHA HOJICHA – JAPANClassic Japanese tea, lower in caffeine, roasted until reddish-brown, with aromatic, roasted, nutty notes.
GREEN TEABI LUO CHUN – TAIWANJapanese sencha green tea, blended with roasted and popped rice, provides a pleasant, nutty flavor.
GREEN TEAGENMAICHA – JAPANA tea ball made of top-quality green tea buds unfurled into a beautiful archway of lily and jasmine flowers.
GREEN TEAGUNPOWDER TEMPLE OF HEAVEN – CHINAGreen sencha tea, flavored with Japanese sour cherries, boasts the most harmonious fragrance.
GREEN TEAGYOKURU – JAPANIt dried slowly in rotating drums, tightly rolled balls, and hair-dried tea buds before flavor.
GREEN TEAMATCHA – JAPANA tea ball of top-quality green tea buds unfurled into a beautiful archway of lily and jasmine flowers.
GREEN TEAORANGE AND BERRIES – CHINACleansing and sweetly uplifting, fruit-flavored sencha tea.
GREEN TEASAKURA – JAPANThey are grown on the slopes of Mount Fuji, lightly steamed and dried to preserve freshness, with a distinct, green-tea solid aroma.
GREEN TEASENCHA FUKUJYU – JAPANTop buds are hand-plucked, dried, and stone-ground, revealing the ultra greenness of the tea; stone grinding is considered an art.
OOLONG TEA FROM TAIWANWENSHAN BAOZHONG – TAIWANRich, velvety black tea flavored with vanilla pieces, the perfect accompaniment to chocolate.
OOLONG TEA FROM TAIWANYUNNAN GREEN – CHINABeautifully earthy sweetness and clean lightness with notes of spiciness.
OOLONG TEA FROM TAIWANALI HIGH MOUNTAIN OOLONGFamous for superior high-mountain tea cultivation in Taiwan, unlocking aromas and flavors ideal for multiple infusions.
OOLONG TEA FROM TAIWANORIENTAL BEAUTYRich, velvety black tea flavored with vanilla pieces, the perfect accompaniment to chocolate.
FLAVORED BLACK TEABLOOD ORANGE BLACKBlack tea flavored with the slight sweetness and subtle flavor of blood orange essence.
FLAVORED BLACK TEAEARL GREY BLUE FLOWERClassic tea flavored with uplifting bergamot oil, embellished with striking blue cornflowers.
FLAVORED BLACK TEALAPSANG SOUZHONG – CHINALAPSANG SOUCHONG – CHINA
FLAVORED BLACK TEAORIENTAL SPICEClassic flavored black tea with a touch of oriental spice.
FLAVORED BLACK TEAVANILLAClassic scented Chinese black tea with larger souchong leaves, fermented and roasted on a hot iron plate.
RED TEAPU-ERH ROYAL 2009Premier Japanese sencha tea, also known as Dew of a Pearl, is made of tea plants growing in the shadow of broad-leaved trees.

Mount Nelson Infusions

CategoryMenu ItemDescription
HERBAL INFUSIONSAPPLE CINNAMON LAPACHOInfusion from the inner bark of the Tecoma-lapacho tree, reminiscent of caramel or vanilla, enhanced with apple and cinnamon.
HERBAL INFUSIONSGREEN MATEThe national drink of Argentina, mate, with a stimulating effect lasting longer than coffee, is sourced from a species of the holly family.
HERBAL INFUSIONSHIBISCUS FLOWERPopular infusion in Egypt and North Africa, tart and fruity with a striking crimson color, enjoyable hot or cold, with or without sugar.
HERBAL INFUSIONSIMMENSELY BEAUTIFULHerbal infusion with hibiscus, rosehip, blackberry leaves, lemongrass, and peppermint, creating a refreshing cup with lemon and minty notes.
HERBAL INFUSIONSNINE LIFE SPICES BLENDThe national drink of Argentina, mate, with a stimulating effect lasting longer than coffee, sourced from a species of the holly family.
HERBAL INFUSIONSPEPPERMINT LEAVESPure peppermint leaves for a refreshing and aromatic infusion.
HERBAL INFUSIONSPURE CHAMOMILE FLOWERBlend nine spices in harmony, including cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, aniseed, rosemary, and thyme.
HERBAL INFUSIONSSNOW MOUNTAIN CHRYSANTHEMUMPopular Asian flower for scenting teas, grown wild in high mountains near Tibet, offering a round and sweet infusion ideal for multiple steeping.
HERBAL INFUSIONSFOREST BERRIESIntensely fruity, pink infusion of elderberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
HERBAL INFUSIONSLEMONMild infusion is known for its sleep-inducing properties and sunshine-yellow color.
HERBAL INFUSIONSMANGOFruity and fragrant infusion of hibiscus, apple, mango, and lemongrass.
HERBAL INFUSIONSMARULA PEACHPleasant infusion of hibiscus, apple, peach, rosehip, and marula.

Mount Nelson Black Teas

Menu ItemDescription
ASSAM BUKHIAL – INDIAAssam full-leaf second-flush tea with a typically strong and earthy flavor.
CEYLON PETTIAGALLA – SRI LANKAAssam full-leaf second-flush tea with a typically intense and earthy flavor.
DARJEELING PUTTABONG FIRST FLUSH – INDIAFirst-flush tea from Darjeeling’s prestigious Puttabong estate, producing a light, aromatic, and flowery infusion.
DARJEELING SECOND FLUSH BLEND – INDIAFine Ceylon tea from Dimbula, Balangoda District, featuring a dark red color and is highly aromatic with a mild taste.
ENGLISH BREAKFAST – UNITED KINGDOMIt is produced from 300 to 400-year-old trees in Yunnan, the birthplace of tea, featuring sweet maltiness and a touch of smoke and pepper.
KENYA MARINYN – KENYANeatly twisted, gold-tipped leaves steep to produce a robust, medium-bodied tea with a slightly fruity-floral taste.
MALAWI OP1 – AFRICAFirst-flush tea from Darjeeling’s prestigious Puttabong estate, producing a light, aromatic, and flowery infusion.
MOUNT NELSON HOTEL BLENDSingle-origin Indian tea with a highly aromatic profile and a lingering flavor.
RUSSIAN BLEND – GLOBALHighly aromatic tea based on a classic Russian blend with influences from India and China.
YUNNAN BLACK GOLD – CHINAProduced from 300 to 400-year-old trees in Yunnan, the birthplace of tea, featuring sweet maltiness and a touch of smoke and pepper.

Mount Nelson Specialty Coffees

Menu ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
CHEMEX8-minute table-side experience, Chemex is a pour-over method, producing a remarkably clean cup of coffee.R180
SYPHON8-minute table-side experience, Syphon brews using two chambers where vapor pressure and vacuum produce the finished coffee.R180
CUPPING10-minute coffee tasting experience in the coffee bar area.R180

Mount Nelson Hot Coffees

Menu ItemDescription
AMERICANOSingle shot of Mount Nelson’s house blend, topped with hot water.
CAPPUCCINOEspresso topped with equal parts steamed milk and milk foam.
ESPRESSOSingle or double shot of the house blend.
FLAT WHITEEspresso, topped with steamed milk.
LATTEThe single shot of house blend is topped with steamed milk and served in a long glass.
LONG BLACKDouble espresso, topped up with hot water.
MOCHASingle shot of the house blend, topped with steamed milk and flavored with chocolate.
RISTRETTODouble shot of the house blend, poured as a single shot.
MACCHIATOEspresso topped with a touch of steamed milk.
CORTADOEspresso topped with an equal amount of steamed milk.
FILTER COFFEE OF THE DAYPlease ask your waiter about the origin of our Filter Coffee of the day.

Mount Nelson Cold Coffees

Menu ItemDescription
AFFOGATO24-hour slow-brewed, African single-origin coffee served over ice.
COLD BREW COFFEEA single shot of the house blend topped up with condensed milk, milk, and poured over ice.
FRAPPÉA single shot of the house blend with milk and sugar served over ice and then blended.
ICED COFFEE (UNSWEETENED)A single shot of the house blend, topped up with condensed milk, milk, and poured over ice.
ICED COFFEE (SWEETENED)A single shot of the house blend topped up with condensed milk, milk, and poured over ice.
COFFEE TONICCold brew and tonic water served over ice.
RED ICED ESPRESSORed espresso, lemon, ginger, and orange blended with ice.

Mount Nelson Other Hot Beverages

Menu ItemDescription
ROOIBOS CAPPUCCINOIt is immensely comforting and delicious, for when only chocolate will do.
HOT CHOCOLATEImmensely comforting and delicious, for when only chocolate will do.

Mount Nelson Coffee Cocktails

Menu ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
ESPRESSO MARTINIEspresso and coffee liqueur.R125
IRISH COFFEECoffee and whisky, topped with cream.R105
KAHLUA DON PEDROKahlua blended with ice cream.R105
AMARULA DON PEDROAmarula blended with ice cream.R105

Mount Nelson Classic Cocktails

Menu ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
NEGRONIWIXWORTH GIN, CAMPARI, MARTINI ROSSOR140
WHISKEY SOURSGENTLEMAN JACK, SUGAR, LEMON, EGG WHITE, BITTERSR160
MARTINEZHENDRICK’S GIN, SPIRIT OF ROOIBOS, MARTINI ROSSO, ORANGE BITTERSR170
MARTINIHENDRICK’S GIN, SPIRIT OF ROOIBOS, MARTINI ROSSO, ORANGE BITTERSR170
ESPRESSO MARTINIBELVEDERE VODKA, TIA MARIA, ARABICA ESPRESSOR140
MARGARITAEL JIMADOR TEQUILA, TRIPLE SEC, FRESH LEMON & LIMER180
MOJITOBACARDI WHITE RUM, FRESH MINT, FRESH LIME, GOMME SYRUPR110
CLOVER CLUBBELVEDERE VODKA OR HENDRICK’S GIN, BIANCO VERMOUTHR200
BOULEVARDIERWOODFORD RESERVE, CAMPARI, MARTINI ROSSOR165
GIMLETWIXWORTH GIN, FRESH LIME, GOMME SYRUPR130
DISARONNO SOURSDISARONNO AMARETTO, FRESH LEMON, GOMME SYRUP, EGG WHITER120
BRAMBLEWIXWORTH GIN, CHAMBORD, FRESH LEMON, GOMME SYRUPR170
BEES KNEESHENDRICK’S GIN, FRESH RASPBERRY, FRESH LEMON, EGG WHITER140
PEACH COLLINSBELVEDERE PEACH, FRESH GINGER, GOMME SYRUP, FRESH LEMON, CLUB SODAR150
RASPBERRY SIDECARHENNESSY VS, TRIPLE SEC, FRESH RASPBERRY, FRESH BASIL, FRESH LEMONR170
CURIOUS COSMOHENDRICK’S GIN, HONEY, FRESH LIMER140
CHAMPAGNE JULEPBELVEDERE MANGO PASSION, FRESH MINT, GOMMER320
FRENCH 75HENDRICK’S GIN, ELDERFLOWER SYRUP, FRESH CUCUMBER, CRANBERRY, FRESH LIMER290
CHAMPAGNE COCKTAILHENNESSY VS, MOËT & CHANDON BRUT, ANGOSTURA, SUGARR320

Mount Nelson Vodka & Liqueurs

Menu ItemPrice (R)
AbsolutR95
StolichnayaR95
BelvedereR95
BelvedereR95
BelvedereR95
BelvedereR95
BelvedereR115
CîrocR100
Crystal Head VodkaR50
Grey GooseR100
WyborowaR100
Bisquit VSR150
Christian Drouin VSOPR450
Courvoisier VSOPR110
Courvoisier XOR150
Hennessy V.S.O.P PrivilegeR450
Hennessy X.O.R4350
Hennessy ParadisR65
Martell XO SupremeR80
Remy Martin V.S.O.PR120
Remy Martin X.O.R450
Remy Martin Louis XIIIR4350
Amarula CreamR150
Disaronno AmarettoR90
ChambordR130
CointreauR85
DrambuieR120
Grand MarnierR60
FrangelicoR60
KahlúaR150
Tia MariaR145
Van der HumR145
JägermeisterR90
UnderbergR130
Dalla Cia, Cabernet MerlotR85
Dalla Cia, Pinot Noir / ChardonnayR120

Mount Nelson Beers & Ciders

Menu ItemDescriptionPrice (R)
JACK BLACK BREWER’S LAGER DRAUGHT 330MLAmerican-style, balance of hop and malt sweetnessR70
JACK BLACK BREWER’S LAGER DRAUGHT 330MLAmerican-style, balance of hop and malt sweetnessR90
CBC PILSNER DRAUGHT 330MLStrong hop aroma, dry and bitter finishR70
CBC PILSNER DRAUGHT 500MLStrong hop aroma, dry and bitter finishR90
CASTLE LAGERLocal SelectionR45
CASTLE LITELocal SelectionR45
SAVANNA DRYLocal SelectionR45
SAVANNA LIGHTLocal SelectionR55
AMSTELInternational SelectionR55
HEINEKENInternational SelectionR55
CORONAInternational SelectionR75
WINDHOEK LAGERInternational SelectionR115
WINDHOEK LIGHTInternational SelectionR115
CASTLE FREENon-AlcoholicR65
COKE, COKE LIGHT, DRY LEMON, GINGER ALESoft Drinks and JuiceR45
LEMONADE, SODA WATER, TONIC WATERSoft Drinks and JuiceR45
COKE ZERO, FANTA ORANGE, STONEY GINGER BEERSoft Drinks and JuiceR45
TOMATO COCKTAILSoft Drinks and JuiceR55
APPLETIZER, GRAPETIZER (RED) 275MLSoft Drinks and JuiceR55
RED BULL 250MLSoft Drinks and JuiceR75
FRESH ORANGE JUICESoft Drinks and JuiceR95
PINEAPPLE JUICESoft Drinks and JuiceR65
CRANBERRY JUICESoft Drinks and JuiceR70
VERVE STILL OR SPARKLING MINERAL WATER 250MLWater SelectionR50
VERVE STILL OR SPARKLING MINERAL WATER 750MLWater SelectionR65
ACQUA PANNA 750MLWater SelectionR70
SAN PELLEGRINO 750MLWater SelectionR70

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