Celebrate melodious midsummer weekends at the Mount Nelson

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MOUNT NELSON, a Belmond Hotel, is introducing two new weekly events: a series of Sunset Soundscapes on Saturdays, and jazz brunches with unlimited bubbly on Sundays.

Food and music go together beautifully. Add balmy sunshine and warm breezes on outdoor terraces, and you have sensory heaven. Which is why Mount Nelson’s two new midsummer initiatives are simply unmissable.

First up is its Sunset Soundscape series. Launching on Saturday 12 February at 6pm, the series brings a vibrant line-up of live music to the hotel’s expansive terrace, curated to offer a tapestry of music woven across multiple genres. Setting the tone is the opening act, Acoustic Element, a super-cool, sought-after violin-guitar-beatboxing duo.

Subsequent Saturdays see an eclectic array of musicians: a four-piece classical string quartet playing light classical compositions; Hassan’Adas, who fuse original African rhythms with global influences; electric cello player Carol Thorns; multi-talented saxophonist Don Vino playing smooth jazz hits with his band; and stunningly talented Lynelle Kenned and Stefan Lombard, a versatile vocalist and gifted pianist. 

The perfect accompaniment? A delectable Sunset Tea or Sunset Picnic, with a complimentary glass of bubbles, created by Mount Nelson’s chef Rudi Liebenberg. The Sunset Tea is a spellbinding spread, boasting an array of tartlets, empanadas, tartines and pastries. Tuck into Farmer Angus charcuterie from pasture-reared pigs, Norwegian salmon home-smoked in our kitchen and a decadent brownie slice topped with vanilla crème and fresh berries. A parting gift of a delicate pink macaron with chocolate is yours to take away.

Or choose to kick back, relax and let the music stir your senses as you indulge in a Sunset Picnic. The enticing selection includes charcuterie, smoked trout, spice-fried chicken, beef frikkadels, Cape winelands cheese, strawberries and cream, and so much more.

At 11.30am on 20 February, Mount Nelson hosts its first fabulous Sunday jazz brunch, with the option of unlimited bubbly. Be entertained by the irrepressible rhythms of the legendary Buddy Wells Trio with saxophone, drums and piano as you relish chef Rudi’s incredible brunch menu. 

Where to begin? Naturally there’s a huge array of breads, pastries, spreads and dips. Perhaps indulge in a delicious asparagus egg tart, a large platter of fresh fruit or some super healthy granola. Choose a dish from the salad station, go mad for mezze and antipasti, or savour smoked salmon, oysters and soft cheeses. Visit a number of chef-manned stations to have sushi, eggs, carvery meats and waffles prepared to your preference. 

If you want Rudi’s recommendations, opt for slapjack with banana and bacon, special eggs Royale with avocado on hash brown and salmon roe, and finish with crêpes, ice cream, nuts and chocolate sauce.

The icing on the cake is unlimited Boschendal Brut and Boschendal Brut Rosé, highly acclaimed South African sparkling wines made to the Méthode Cap Classique. 

The extra layer of icing on the cake is that the Children’s Centre will be open, meaning brunch guests can drop their little ones off with a professional childminder and enjoy a guilt-free, gastronomic, musical feast.

The Sunday jazz brunch is R450 per adult and R350 per child which includes access to the Children’s Centre with a professional childminder; the Sunday jazz brunch with unlimited Boschendal bubbly is R645 per adult, subject to all adults at the table being charged for this option. The Sunset Soundscapes picnic as well as the Sunset Soundscapes evening tea is R525 per person, including a complimentary glass of bubbles. 

To find out more, or to make a booking, contact restaurant reservations on: [email protected] or call +27 21 483-1000 and ask for Restaurant Reservations.

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