Renowned Chef Rudi Liebenberg has curated a range of tempting al fresco experiences, from picnics and afternoon teas to Harvest Tables and sparkling moments on the Planet Bar terrace, to enjoy at the Mount Nelson this summer.
Picnics in the gardens – Wednesdays to Sundays at R395 per person and R250 per child
Perfect for a fabulous family outing or a romantic afternoon with loved ones, the Mount Nelson gourmet garden picnics are sublime. The hotel is delighted to once again be offering them from Wednesdays through to Sundays. What’s more, picnicking guests can enjoy an added bonus: for a supplement of R200 per person, gain access to the heated swimming pool, tennis courts (with magnificent views of Table Mountain) and supervised Kids’ Club.
Choose to lounge by the balmy pool, soaking up the vistas, or have a basket laid out in a sheltered, shady spot in the garden. Delve into the wicker hamper to discover light finger food delicacies, Winelands cheeses, artisanal charcuterie served with homemade atjars, pickles and tapenades, and much more. Chef Rudi suggests adding some sparkle with a local Cap Classique, or why not splash out with a glass of vintage champagne?
Artful afternoon tea – Wednesdays to Sundays at R395 per adult and R215 per child
Afternoon Tea has always made for iconic moments at Mount Nelson. Imagine the scene: debonair, fedora’d Henry Dike plays the grand piano, as silver tiered stands glittering with sweet and savoury gems are brought to the table. The spread showcases local and global classics, including traditional melktert with Cape Malay cinnamon and cardamom, and baked chocolate cheesecake.
Baskets of warm, freshly baked scones and traditional pumpkin fritters beckon diners to indulge, while savoury options include the hotel’s famous mushroom empanadas, cauliflower pakoras, and delicate finger sandwiches with enticing fillings such as smoked Franschhoek trout. Going green? Treat the taste buds to Chef Rudi’s imaginative plant-based menus.0
As for the brew itself, they offer an unparalleled selection of premium leaf and flowering teas from all over the world, as well as healthy local infusions. Make sure to try the 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.
Al fresco dining on the terrace
The picturesque terrace is perfect for relishing the daily surprises on Chef Rudi’s chalkboard. Cape wild foods, plant-based and slow food dishes feature prominently in his three-course lunch and dinner menus. Try to resist his seafood platter of grilled line fish, mussels in beer, prawns, salmon cakes and calamari fritto misto.
The sky’s the limit at the Planet Bar
The Planet Bar menu has been newly curated so that guests can drink, dine and toast any moment of the day. A light bite menu features General Tso’s cauliflower, ceviche in mini tacos, potato samosas and lamb kibbeh in yoghurt. All of which keeps diners rooted to this little piece of heaven on earth until the stars – and the cocktails – come out.
Harvest Table in the Garden – daily at R850 per adult and R450 per child
Picture a lavish, long African Teak table adorned with sumptuous platters filled with local, seasonal harvest fare, fresh from the farm and brought straight to the table. Toast the abundance of the fruits of the Cape, corks popping and wine flowing in the charming hotel gardens.
Share love, laughter and exquisite flavours with those nearest and dearest, kick back, relax and enjoy the open-air pleasures of the leafy garden estate.
Blissful Librisa Spa – open daily from 9am to 7pm
Countless Capetonians have been waiting in anticipation for the re-opening of this tranquil hideaway, Librisa Spa. Happily, the wait is over. Librisa’s doors have swung open once more to reveal a menu brimming with pampering, de-stressing and anti-ageing treatments. Even better, they’ve kept their perennially popular offer allowing access to the swimming pool and Kids’ Club with every 60-minute massage or Bliss Package booked.
After hours of beautiful sunshine, indulgent treatments and mind-blowing foodie experiences, nothing tops off the day more perfectly than a night in one of the hotel’s stylish, spacious rooms. Soak up sweeping views of Table Mountain or the hotel’s lush gardens. After a tranquil night’s rest, guests will be raring to do it all again – especially when they discover the extremely attractive rates for SADC region guests.
Venue: 76 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town