January 4, 2005
Anyway, we went for afternoon tea mainly because Michael Winner, the Sunday Times columnist, regards it as the best in the world. I don’t do afternoon tea that often, so I am not really qualified to disagree, but I can say I really enjoyed the experience. We sat out in the verandah overlooking the lush gardens and were offered a menu of teas. Then we went up to serve ourselves from the sumptuous buffet. There were quiches, savoury pies, and of course, cucumber sandwiches. But to really appreciate Mount Nelson’s afternoon tea, you need a sweet tooth; there was carrot cake, chocolate cake, lots of fresh fruit, and a delicious strawberry cheesecake. Cheesecake is notoriously difficult to get right, but the confectioner in the Mount Nelson succeeded—the base was crunchy and the topping was creamy and not cloyingly sweet.
The service was warm and attentive, even though, as backpackers, we are probably not their usual clientele. We sat on the sun loungers for the afternoon, until we had sampled nearly everything. All of this for 100ZAR.
From journal At The Foot of Table Mountain