A lovely, airy daytime space opening onto the neat gardens of this immaculate and historic winery. The interior features colourful elements in the designer chairs and rustic chic in the African animal art along with a prominent driftwood sculpture of a horse, plus a wall of deli goods for a relaxed, upmarket feel and generous spaces in the lounge areas with fireplaces, as well as spaces for groups. Large window-doors open onto patio seating and the formal gardens beyond with plane trees and mountains in the distance. It’s all very polished and elegant, while hitting the balance between relaxed and sophisticated.
The food offered ranges widely through comfort classics. Breakfasts include eggs Benedict and Royale; as well as charcuterie and cheese or health options (around R70) – and there are also the many choices from the bakery section: scones, pastries and tarts. Sandwiches (club and cold roast beef being two options) and salads (chicken and lentil or roast butternut) start the lunch variety, then there’s a pizza list (with “gourmet” options like hot smoked salmon and lamb and aubergine), a short list of grills and burgers, and then the “farm favourites”.
These include mussels, cauliflower risotto, springbok pie and fish of the day. Most meals are under R100 – good value indeed. Also, provenance is listed with a preference for free range and sustainable, a likeable modern nod to transparency in sourcing. Kids are welcome and well catered for in the space and the menu with items like sticky chicken and mash and rainbow vanilla cupcakes.
Over a number of meals, the evidence is that lunches trump the breakfasts (which are solid, if a little plain) – the steaks are well prepared with fresh sides and the pizzas are bursting with fresh flavour, plus they use decent cheese. The salmon fish cake (with Hollandaise and a poached egg – so could be breakfast too) is delicious, a good sauce and a deep orange farm egg.
There is a very well-drilled team on the floor, from the welcome sense of being hosted on arrival to the seating and the waiter. Good wine knowledge is displayed, though the list is estate-only. A request of tap water was met with a jug left on the table and the by the glass pour on the wine was similarly generous.
At the most recent lunch the apple crumble cheesecake was the only very average course, the temperature suggesting it was straight from the fridge with the concomitant lack of flavour. Good espresso to finish, from the local roaster Truth Coffee Cult.
For: Lovely space and reliable food, good service.
Against: Still don’t like the R10 it costs for them to open the boom at entrance.