Thank you to my wonderful friends for making this an extra special event.
On Saturday morning myself and 4 of my closest friends drove to the Blemond Mount Nelson Hotel for High Tea to celebrate my 18th birthday. As we drove into the large white arched entrance way, we were transported into a realm of old-world glamour, sophistication and luxury, reminiscent of 1950's high society life. Pastel pink walls are at every angle you look and the long, white window frames are adorned with powder blue shutters and the gardens are scattered with cream wrought-iron chairs and lollipop trees. From afar you may think the hotel is a doll's house with the perfectly placed lilypads on each fountain and carefully arranged brick walkways.
Our party of 5 was escorted from the entrance hall to a large, bright and elegant sunroom to a prearranged table with chairs reminiscent of a previous time period and an ornate green couch. The table was perfectly set out in white lined with small gold, green and white cups and saucers and little serviettes. We were greeted and handed a food menu - we all, of course, ordered the morning high tea and were then presented with a tea menu! Two full pages of teas from around the world (including the hotel's own blend) to choose from. After a couple of minutes, everyone received a personal glass teapot with their chosen tea blend and we had the teas brewed for us while we waited for our finger food.
The food arrived on tiered stands with enough between us to feed an army. I was sceptical prior to being served with the hotel's options for different dietary requirements when it came to the morning tea platters. After the food arrived I can safely say I've never been so impressed with how accommodating an eatery could be for every dietary need under the sun. We had a vegetarian and a vegan in our group, and their platters looked just as filling and plentiful as ours - and apparently tasted amazing as well. The hotel had heard it was my birthday - so they treated me to a complimentary treats platter which included a mini macaroon, meringue, a homemade marshmallow, soft fudge, perfect Turkish delight and coconut ice which all sat on a bed of soft caramel sauce. We all also got very excited to see that the red velvet cake on each platter contained a gold leaf to make things feel extra luxurious.
We finished as much of our meals as we could, and the rest we, of course, asked for in a takeaway as it was much too good to waste. After appreciating the sunroom a while longer we headed out for a walk in the gardens to take some photos of the stunning backdrop. The pathways around the hotel lead around the entire property, passing the pool, a slew of secret staircases and carefully tended flower beds. A few palm trees towered overhead and kept the walkways shaded from the sun. Everything about the environment screams daytime glamour and high society elegance - this is not simply a jeans-and-t-shirt type of place. We laughed in the warm weather, stopping at each pretty entrance or new backdrop to bombard ourselves with photos as a tangible memory of this place.
If you're in Cape Town for the day and looking for something to do - I highly recommend going to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel for high tea - it is served morning and afternoons! This place screams 20th-century glamour and is the perfect treat if you feel like dressing up for the day!
Until next time!
- The Traveling Oyster xxx