Living in Cape Town we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful weekend getaways – in every single direction, on every single road leading out of the city, there are quaint little country towns needing to be explored…
Whether you’re someone who loves the seaside or the mountains, farm life or wide open spaces there’s something for you!
We recently headed back to Cape Town from one such getaway via some of the less frequented back roads and discovered a whole new part of the Western Cape we’d never seen before.
Our round trip started in Betty’s Bay, took us via Villiersdorp, to Worcester and then on to Touws River via the Hex River Valley and then back around to Ceres.
Our final stop on our adventurous long weekend was Waverley Hills wine estate located between Ceres and Tulbagh. This is a beautiful wine farm with incredible vistas over the Wolseley valley that deserve an afternoon’s attention… if not longer!
When we stepped inside the warm and welcoming wine tasting area, complete with roaring fire, we knew we would be here a while!
My husband, The Wine Amateur, was quick to head to the tasting counter to sample their range of organic wines while I headed into the restaurant to find us a table as near to the fire as possible!
We quickly ensured our kids got their tummies filled (always a good idea when dining with kids) and ordered them pizza’s which thankfully arrived quickly!
This meant we could slow things down a bit, pour a glass of Waverley Hills Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and enjoy a more leisurely paced meal…
I opted to start with something rather different: pumpkin fritters. These were syrupy and sweet with a light dusting of icing sugar… basically heaven! But I knew I didn’t want to ruin my main so I indulged in two, shared one with my husband kept the rest for a post-dinner treat (they didn’t make it that long!)
Waverley Hills restaurant prides themselves on using only the freshest ingredients sourced from local producers, as well as from their seasonal permaculture garden.
The food here is delicious and the atmosphere is relaxed…. groups of friends enjoying glasses of wine on the couches next to the fireplace, families enjoy Sunday lunch around a large dining table…
For mains Brad chose to order Roast Pork Belly with apple sage chutney, celeriac mash, chorizo jus and cumin carrots.
I ordered off the a la carte menu (although there are also specials to look out for), I opted for the Slow Cooked Herbed Lamb Shoulder served with smoked yoghurt, roast onion foam, potato mash & green beans and paired with a glass of Waverley Hills Shiraz Mouvedre Viognier. It was tasty, albeit slightly dry, definitely a winner choice for a wintery afternoon.
We rounded off our Sunday lunch with a slice of apple tart and cream… comfort food at it’s finest and definitely one of the best things about the cold weather!
And then it was time to head home, treated one last time to views from every angle as we made our way back to Cape Town…. proof that every corner of the Western Cape is worth visiting, at any time of the year!
Contact Waverley Hills
Off the R46 between Tulbagh and Ceres,
Wolseley, South Africa
Tel: +27 23 231 0002
Breakfast & Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00 & Sunday: 11.00 – 15.00
Dinner: Wednesday: 18:30 – 22:00 & Friday: 18.30 – 22.00
Images: Kathryn Rossiter