Slow Market at Oude Libertas – Picture Review

Slow Market

Markets seem to be very ‘in’ in South Africa, or at least in the Cape Town/Winelands region where we live. Every weekend you’ll find hundreds of people flocking to various markets and I have to confess I don’t always understand it. Sure, they generally sell interesting food, clothes and crafts. Some have live music. Some have good views and great outdoors spaces where kids can run around and the whole family can enjoy themselves. Continue reading

Hill & Dale Sundowner Picnic Concert – or how to spend a Friday night!

Stellenzicht- View

What a shame that we only got around to attending the final Sundowner Picnic Concert for this summer season at Stellenzicht, and didn’t go any sooner! Every last Friday of the month from September to March, Guy Webber and his Hill & Dale team present sundowner concerts at Stellenzicht Wine Estate and sadly the first one we attended was also the last one for the current season. Continue reading

Rust en Vrede – Winemaker’s Lunch

Rust en Vrede
  • Good for: Steak, Salmon, Wine
  • Cost: R200-250/pp (incl Wine)
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Contact: Annandale Road, +27 (0)21 881 3881, Web

Yesterday we ended up at Rust en Vrede due to another establishment lower down in the valley not being able to accommodate us. I say ‘ended up’ like it’s a bad thing, but I was secretly very, very pleased as I’ve been meaning to visit Rust en Vrede for lunch but as they don’t serve beer it’s been a hard sell! Continue reading

Beyerskloof and the Famous Pinotage Burger

Beyerskloof
  • Good for: Pinotage Burger, Veranda, Breakfast
  • Cost: R150-200/pp (incl drinks)
  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Contact: +27 (0) 21 865 2685 Web

Over the last few months I’ve done extensive research and spoke to countless people about which restaurants to visit in and around Stellenbosch, and I’ve gathered a LOT of information. I happened upon Beyerskloof’s restaurant, Red Leaf, and their famous Pinotage Burger by chance when a friend mentioned that they went there for lunch and that I should give it a try. Continue reading

Schoon de Companje – Collaboration or Identity Crisis?

  • Good for: Not much
  • Cost: R100-150/pp (incl drinks)
  • Rating: 2/5
  • Contact: Church Street, +27 (0) 21 883 2187, Web

Schoon de Companje bills itself as ‘a collaboration of artisans in the true sense of the word, not merely a label, but rather the artisan that contributes to his community’. On Friday we stopped by for lunch, after walking past (and buying bread) repeatedly in the last few months. Every time we’ve been in De Companje the outside tables on Church Street are busy, but the inside areas very quiet; Continue reading

La Pineta – Throwback Thursday

  • Good for: Families, Groups, Oxtail
  • Cost: R150-200/pp (incl drinks)
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Contact: R44 to Strand, +27 (0) 21 880, Web

I’ve been going to La Pineta since I was a student at Stellenbosch many years ago. Actually, to be honest, I probably haven’t been there in the last 10-15 years, but I remember it well from those days for always doing good food and being very popular. According to their website the restaurant has been recently refurbished, but walking in it looked pretty much the way I remember it, though maybe a little more ‘open’ and modern. Continue reading

To Cavalli or Not Cavalli

  • Good for: Fine Dining
  • Cost: R400-500/pp
  • Rating: 4/5

Last night was another gorgeous evening in the Winelands and we ended up dining at Equus, the restaurant at Cavalli Wine & Stud Farm. Turning off the busy R44 you enter a quiet world of indigenous plants framing the long and impressive driveway up to the restaurant. The building that greets you is very striking, with a beautiful living wall and magnificent views of the mountains. We decided to sit outside on the deck overlooking the dam and have a drink before taking our seats inside. Equus really has some amazing views and I fully intend to return for lunch to enjoy the view again. Continue reading