Meikles Hotel re-launches Sunday high tea talks

Meikles Hotel has re-introduced its regular Sunday afternoon high teas with talks, a successful and popular venture started during its centenary celebrations in 2015.
  The hotel organised regular high teas for the public in the period before and after the commemoration of its 100th anniversary on November 15 2015. Accompanying the high tea was a talk on the history of the hotel, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel and surrounds, emphasising the historic nature of the hotel and the area around it.
  “Our new season of high teas started in July when we had a well-attended event at which well-known historian and author Rob Burrett gave a presentation on the history of the Nyanga area,” said Tinashe Munjoma, general manager of the hotel.
  “He covered the period from ancient occupation by stone age peoples to the present day and followed this with a similar talk to members of the travel trade, who came to Meikles for an update briefing and luncheon just after the high tea.”
   The high teas will now take place on the last Sunday of each month and are open to the public, who can enjoy a traditional Meikles Hotel high tea and a talk on the history of Zimbabwe.
   “The content will change each month and in this and coming months we shall focus on Harare, Bulawayo and the Matobo Hills, Great Zimbabwe, other parts of the Eastern Highlands and many other areas of interest around the country,” said Mr Munjoma.
   “We shall use these events not only to allow people to find out more about the history of our country but also to promote these destinations, in a support for our colleagues across the country who are there to provide accommodation and other services in the field of domestic tourism.”
  At the recent Nyanga talk, well-known hotelier Gordon Addams also gave a presentation, highlighting the attractions of the Eastern Highlands and promoting the area for domestic tourists. He has recently opened a boutique bed and breakfast venue in Mutare city centre and was able to update guests on this and his other operations in Manicaland.
   After the recent Nyanga tea, guests asked to see around the hotel and were taken on a tour that included the hotel’s Presidential Suite, the swimming pool deck atop the Meikles south wing, the Club facility in the north wing and historical mementoes of past visitors, ranging from Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson to Hillary Clinton and Bruce Springsteen.
  People who wish to know more can contact Meikles Hotel’s reservations office to find out the date and content of the next and future high teas. Each one will have a different theme; the August one will be known as the spring tea, while September’s will be called the jacaranda tea.