What better way to beat the winter chill than by booking a food-and-wine getaway in Stellenbosch? There is a wide variety of restaurants on offer – from cafés and coffee shops to delis, bistros and fine-dining options.
Lanzerac Wine Estate: There are a number of dining options for visitors, including The Governors Hall (the main à la carte restaurant), The Terrace Restaurant (casual dining overlooking the manor house), Taphuis Bar (one of the oldest in the Cape) and the Lanzerac Deli (excellent artisanal breads and great coffee). The Craven Lounge has a dedicated rugby theme (in honour of its namesake, Danie Craven), as well as gorgeous antiques, a grand piano and a roaring fireplace perfect for rainy days or when Mother Nature is not in the mood.
Tokara Wine and Olive Farm: The kid-friendly Delicatessen is a great place for breakfast. Why not purchase a few treats such as cheese, wine and olive oil to take away with you? The main restaurant is also open during the winter months, offering delectable dishes from award-winning chef Richard Carstens.
Bistro 13, Welmoed Estate: There is a fireplace to brag about and a new winter menu courtesy of chef Nic van Wyk. Try the Celeriac and Jerusalem artichoke soup, brioche and wild mushroom butter, or how about flash-fried prawns, fresh pappardelle pasta, spicy olive oil and tomato sauce or roasted pumpkin risotto with gruyere cheese, sage and brown butter? You might want to sell your mother for the baked Frangelico custard, caramelised pears, coffee and biscuit dessert.
Terroir: Sample exquisite cuisine courtesy of chef Michael Broughton, head chef at Terroir, situated on the Kleine Zalze Wine Estate. Known for Broughton’s exquisite sauces and traditional bistro dishes, Terroir is an award-winning establishment that has been going strong since October 2004. Sit under the trees on a warm winter’s afternoon, but move to the inside dining area if the chill sets in. Be sure to try some of the exquisite Kleine Zalze wines.
Helena’s Restaurant at Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel is another favourite in the area: The establishment serves “heritage food with finesse” and there is the promise of a subtle twist in the details with very dish. The menu is all about making the most of Western Cape produce and one thing is for sure – you won’t go away hungry.
Majeka House five-star boutique hotel: How about hanging out at the M Lounge at Majeka House, before enjoying the incredible cuisine on offer at Makaron Restaurant thanks to head chef Tanja Kruger? Sunday brunches are abundant affairs and the diet starts on Monday.
In addition to a wonderful list of eateries where you can sample the cuisine of the region, there are also some fantastic off-peak packages available – from luxury getaways to budget breaks available until the end of September 2015. For more information on what to do and where to stay in Stellenbosch, contact Stellenbosch 360 on +27 (0)21 883 3584, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org