One of the wonders of living in South Africa is that there are so many beautiful spots to visit which thousands of people travel thousands of miles to come and see once in their lifetime… and we get to do it every weekend!
“A change is as good as a holiday” is one of my mom’s favourite sayings and it’s certainly true. Heading out into the countryside for a day trip can be just as refreshing as a holiday (and significantly less stressful as there’s no packing or passports to worry about!)
We headed out to explore a bit of Boschendal Wine Estate a few weekends back.
The idea was to enjoy lunch at The Werf restaurant, but as the estate is so beautiful we couldn’t resist a walk around the new vegetable garden and a visit to the Manor house museum to soak up some of the atmosphere of this slice of South African history…
Here are a few photos of our day spent at Boschendal (scroll to the end of this post for my travel video – a new endeavour that I’m really enjoying!)
The Werf restaurant has one of the best settings for a wine farm restaurant I’ve seen…
Stylish executed, the long outdoor patio has incredible views over the newly established kitchen garden and the towering mountains beyond.
Inside the exquisitely refurbished wine cellar of the original Manor House, the restaurant continues it’s elegant theme with plenty of tables offering contemporary farm to table dining in a gorgeous setting.
A highlight of the space is the beautiful plating area that is located outside the kitchen and inside the main area of the restaurant so you can fully enjoy the plating process yourself…
The chef, Christiaan Campbell, aims to use the best of local, seasonal and ethically-sourced ingredients.
Christiaan insists that all the meat and poultry served at The Werf be naturally raised, free of hormones and antibiotics and sourced from pasture-reared, free-roaming animals exposed to natural sunlight. This is a man who believes we can eat our way to a healthier planet one mouthful at a time.
The new seasonal menu depends on the daily harvest and creativity of the chefs who aim to create a visually and flavorsome experience and each dish is served as a work of art, evident in my photos below…
We loved how each meal we ordered allowed us to sample the delights of the garden stretching before us… from crisp salad leaves to fragrant herbs and sweet edible flowers… each dish was farm fresh and bursting with flavour and colour.
Much of the fresh produce is sustainably grown right on the Boschendal farm, and where possible other ingredients are sourced from farms and small producers in the surrounding winelands.
Expect fragrant fermented breads, slow-roasted ribs and brisket sourced from the herd of Angus cattle on Boschendal farm, house-smoked meat, glazed lamb ribs, ocean fish en papillote baked in parchment paper and fillet of line fish.
Highlights of our meal at Boschendal included the succulent grilled tuna starter served with strained yoghurt and charred beetroot, the vibrant salad, the Sirloin with chimichurri, marrow & grilled vegetables and then the desserts…
These were a definite highlight!
The florescent tumeric brulee with frangipane and kumquats…. incredible!
And the chocolate air with carob ice cream and marshmallows and pears… outstanding!
And then, of course, there was the garden…. a true highlight of a day spent at Boschendal!
From the excellent wines to the efficient staff, the beautiful views and the stylish decor, we found our afternoon at Boschendal to be a lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon…
Highly recommended as a fun family day out or as a destination to enjoy when next you’re spending a weekend in the area!
Tel: +27 (0) 21 870 4207/09
Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday: 12h00 to 15h00. (Seated by 14h30)
Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday: 18h00 to 21h00. (seated by 20h30)
Please note that a 10% service charge will be added to tables of 8 or more.
Booking is essential.
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Images & Video: Kathryn Rossiter