The 120-year old Lord Nelson Restaurant at the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson hosted figures such as Noel Coward, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Marlene Dietrich among many other honorable guests. In closer times the dining hall is the room where in 1994, then-President Nelson Mandela welcomed international leaders for the first World Economic Forum to be held on African soil.

You can feel this sense of history when you dine in the restaurant and it’s fascinating to imagine the conversations which would have taken place within these walls. The elegant, wood-panelled room is adorned with glittering chandeliers, remarkable pressed ceilings depicting the history of the British Empire’s South African colonies and a minstrels’ gallery. It still has the wooden deckchairs once used by First Class passengers of the Union-Castle shipping lines.

Adding a leafy allure to the décor are three stunning botanical tapestries of indigenous flowers created by artists of the Keiskamma Trust, from the rural village of Hamburg in the Eastern Cape.

Culinary aligns with the introduction of bold classic dishes and the mid-17th century French art of ‘guéridon’ or tableside service.


The re-introduction of this classic dining concept and service tradition shows in both atmosphere and food.  Executive chef, Rudi Liebenberg, which together with his team recently won the SASSI/WWF sustainability cook-off, brings back to the table classic choices. Beef Wellington made from pasture-reared beef fillet from Spier’s Farmer Angus, covered with a braised short rib, prosciutto and mushroom duxelle, encased in light puff pastry and other popular dishes – Caesar salad, steak tartare, prawn cocktail and Crème Brulée.

Entrée of herb-crusted roast rack of Karoo lamb with cauliflower mornay and main of crown roasted chicken served with chicken thigh tortellini and a trolley laden with unusual cheeses for dessert; all feature on the special tableside menu.

Surrounded by live piano tunes, you are sure to be shortly beamed to luxurious times characterised by a slower pace, sit back indulgence, professional service and superb hospitality.

Reservations recommended. The Lord Nelson Restaurant opens Monday to Saturday for dinner from 18:30.

Please contact Restaurant Reservations on +27 21 483-1948 or e-mail:


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