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“English Afternoon Tea”
Review of Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $100
Cuisines: Mediterranean, British
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches filled with rare roast beef and rocket, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise or cucumber. Follow with a delectable dark chocolate cake, lemon meringue and freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves. Adding a special local flavour is a typical South African milk tart, called "melktert" in Afrikaans. During the winter months you can also enjoy a selection of warm treats. Expect mushroom empanadas, tomato tarts and chicken pies. The signature Mount Nelson Tea has been expertly blended from six teas: Darjeeling, Kenya, Assam, Keemun, Yunnan, Ceylon, and rose petals from our garden. In addition, we offer an array of leaf and flowering teas. Morning, Afternoon and Evening Tea is served in the lounge, on the terrace or around the garden fountain.
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“English Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

This has to be the most quintessential English Afternoon Tea. An abundance of finger sandwiches and cakes in a beautiful garden setting. Oh and the Tea was great to!

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Archee E
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Gundula W, Manager at Afternoon Tea, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Thank you for your short, but great review - we really appreciate you taking the time and we are happy to hear you really enjoyed every aspect of our offering. Hope to see you back soon.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“What a spread!”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

The Mount Nelson certainly sets a splendid afternoon tea. So much variety to choose from and all beautifully presented too. One small complaint though - the flies were also having a good feed on the afternoon tea offerings. Not a good look.

Visited January 2014
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Gundula W, Manager at Afternoon Tea, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thank you for your review. Its a pleasure to have our guests try our large variety of cakes, sweet treats and savouries. For food safety purposes we are considering serving the savouries to the tables soon, in this way we hope that the 'uninvited guests' will not be present whilst our Afternoon Tea guests delight in our offering.
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Paarl, South Africa
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456 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“A real old world experience”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

The setting is truly beautiful and very tranquil. The different cakes and savory items are a real treat. The wide selection of imported teas.

Visited February 2014
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Gundula W, Manager at Afternoon Tea, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
We welcome tourists regularly but are especially happy to be able to welcome our local guests too. Thank you for taking the time to drive the long distance from Paarl to enjoy our gardens and our Afternoon Tea offering.
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“Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Supposed to serve a legendary afternoon tea. Well, the price is certainly legendary, but the tea was decidedly average. It looked nice, in a buffet style, but the hot items were cool and the cold ones warm. Steamed white bread sandwiches and very poor scones; heavy, sticky and cold. The pot of tea was good and the ambiance and service excellent. Pity it was so disappointing overall.

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Gundula W, Manager at Afternoon Tea, responded to this review, February 8, 2014
We are sorry that our Afternoon Tea did not live up to your expectations and thank you for bringing the issues regarding the food temperature to our attention, we will monitor this more closely, especially on hot days.
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Definitely a bucket list event!”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

I actually learned about the High Tea while staying at the hotel a couple years back (I missed it then but made sure I took the time out in December 2013 to go to high tea with a colleague. I remembered that you need to reserve a table well in advance as this is a popular activity. In short, you are treated like a king or queen for an afternoon and the teas and treats are mouth watering and delightful. It is a great way to spend an afternoon and just enjoy the atmosphere at the hotel.

  • Visited December 2013
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1 Thank LeeC31
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Gundula W, Manager at Afternoon Tea, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
We're glad you got the chance to tick this one off your bucket list. We're honoured that this is an experience most people want to have.
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