Lunch at The Conservatory at Cellars Hohenort

Last week I was invited to The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia to sample their new winter menu.

From as far back as 2000 this has been one of my favourite little hideaway spots… my husband (then boyfriend) and I used to pop in often for high tea or a drink next to the fire. Their bar and lounge area is a great date night venue… BUT I’d never eaten at the restaurant just through the double doors.. until now!

The Cellars Garden

Centred beneath the majestic oak trees of The Cellars-Hohenhort, The Conservatory offers a respite from the bustle of the city and pairs only the best quality local produce with some of Constantia’s best wines.


As you can image The Cellars-Hohenhort in Constantia is a sophisticated experience thanks to it’s upmarket setting, gorgeous gardens, plush decor and decadent food and wine offerings. If you’ve never visited The Conservatory you are really missing out!
Along with fellow foodies from the media I was spoilt to be served some of Head Chef Delia Harbottle’s classics.

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Her iconic Double Baked Underberg Cheese Souffle served with a kirsch cheese sauce was first up and WOW was this amazing. Beautifully soft and fluffy as only a souffle should be with a strong flavour. I loved this dish and can recommend it if you’re a cheese fan… even if you’re not you might be converted after tasting this wonder of a soft, moist centre and slightly crispy Parmesan shavings on top.

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Next on the menu was Linguini Nero pasta served with seared and crispy calamari, tomato fondue, spring onion and a jet black squid ink sauce! This dish transported me to Italy immediately and was definitley a highlight on the menu. I loved the gorgeous presentation and the different seafood flavours that complimented each other so well.

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Then it was time for our main meal… A Grilled Grass Fed Beef Sirloin accompanied by a few shared side dishes on the table of roasted baby beetroot & carrots and triple cooked chips. The steak was perfection and I loved the gorgeous selection of salads and sides. Vegetarians were not left wanting… they were served a Mushroom Cheesecake.

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Then it was time for dessert… let’s be clear I don’t usually eat 4 courses for lunch time but how could I say not to a Chocolate Guinness Pudding with caramelised pears and whisky ice cream? Exactly!

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The Conservatory at The Cellars Hohenhort are running a great winter special from 1 May to 31 August where you can order 2 courses from the a la carte menu for R180 or 3 courses for R210.


Winter special – The Conservatory

Cauliflower & roast garlic soup

Cauliflower kim chi, gochujang oil, coriander croutons

Miso pork belly

Crispy crackling, exotic mushroom salad,

apple spring onion salsa

dashi dressing

Shaved octopus carpaccio

Seafood ceviche, seaweed and lime panna cotta


Springbok rump

Sumo chip, heirloom carrots, celeriac puree, battered onions

red wine jus

Honey Roasted butternut risotto

Halloumi cheese, deep fried sage, parmesan shards

Green thai rubbed line fish

Prawn ravioli &leek, tender stem broccoli,

lemongrass coconut veloute, cherry tomatoes


Pine apple tart tatin

Salted caramel, chai ice cream

Cellars chocolate sundae

Nougat ice cream, crushed macaroons, strawberry jelly


Throughout the winter months all the hotels in the Liz McGrath Collection, namely The Marine, The Plettenberg and The Cellars-Hohenort will be offering special winter menus.  Under the guidance of Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff, the team of chefs have created menus that showcase the best local and regional produce


Contact Details


The Cellars-Hohenort: 021 794 21 37

The Marine: 028 313 1000

The Plettenberg: 044 5332030


Images: First 3 – supplied; Last 3 – Kathryn Rossiter

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. I am always looking for great places to go for date nights for my blog and for hubby and I, especially places with winter specials on, and this looks like a great one! Thanks 🙂

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