Every city in the world has its institutions. Some are cliched and some are still pleasurable and meaningful. Drinking a gin sling at the Raffles in Singapore or a daiquiri at the Floridita in Havana, putting your hand on a star’s cemented paw at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles or eating a good roast beef at Simpson’s in the Strand in London. The quintessential English pleasure of tea time has been enjoyed 6000 miles away at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town (or the “Nellie” to locals) for over a century.

The Mount Nelson does not pretend to be anything other than what it is; a grand dame of a hotel with a certain elegance and relaxed pace which has not faded over time. In this video clip we speak with the head pastry chef in front of the all too tempting buffet table.

See more Cape Town hotels; http://www.uyaphi.com/south-africa/lodges/cape-town.htm

Tea at the Mount Nelson by Nicolas Edwards

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