DISCOVER CAPE TOWN'S NATURAL BOUNTY WITH MOUNT NELSON HOTEL'S URBAN FORAGING EXPERIENCE28 October 2013 – Guests at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, can discover the city’s incredible natural bounty during the hotel’s urban foraging experience, gathering wild ingredients from the surrounding landscape before they are transformed into a gourmet meal back at the prestigious Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. property.
An urban sanctuary that effortlessly blends leafy tranquillity and contemporary glamour, Mount Nelson Hotel overlooks Table Mountain and boasts South Africa’s largest outdoor heated pool.
The colonial-style property is set in a sprawling garden estate near the spot where Cape Town’s 17th-century founder, Jan van Riebeeck, grew fruit and vegetables for Dutch sailors who used to stop at the city on their way to search for spices in the East. Harking back to this plentiful past, the three-hour urban foraging experience takes in spectacular views of the city as guests uncover culinary treats in one of three beautiful locations: black mussels, giant sea snails and seaweed on the Atlantic coast; edible plants, nuts and mushrooms in the mountain forest; and herbs such as fennel, nettle and Cape sorrel on the slopes of Devil’s Peak.
The intrepid outdoor adventure is led by local hunter-gatherer Charlie Standing, who is passionate about using regional ingredients from his local environment and teaches guests all about the wildlife they collect along the way. In keeping with the tour’s back-to-nature theme, participants can quench their thirst with pure mountain spring water infused with aromatic buchu leaves, which are native to South Africa and traditionally used for medicinal purposes by its indigenous people.
After gathering an array of fresh natural ingredients, guests return to Mount Nelson Hotel to learn how to prepare and cook the fruits of the forage during The Chef’s Table, a custom-designed, interactive culinary experience. Seated at an oak table in an alcove of the kitchen, guests have a front-row view as chefs create mouth-watering dishes such as quick-steamed black mussels with local herbs or a rich mushroom pasta. This unforgettable experience ends with the chance to tuck into the delicious creations, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “eating fresh”.
The urban foraging experience is available for up to four people and is priced from £315 for two people and an extra £22 per additional person (excludes accommodation).
Prices at Mount Nelson Hotel start from £414 per night, including taxes, based on two sharing a Superior Room with breakfast. For further information or to make a booking, please call the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. UK reservations team on 0845 077 2222 or visit www.mountnelson.com.
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About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture. The Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice, along with other European cities. Today the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. brand embraces 45 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries, including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, three river cruise operations and one of New York’s most iconic restaurants. www.orient-express.com.
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