When city life becomes too much to handle I’m always so grateful that we live just 45 mins from the country. Heading out to soak in the sunshine, views and beautiful scenery of the Cape Winelands always makes my heart happy. I love spending time in the vineyards surrounding Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek.
As we were to discover Allée Bleue’s “chicnic” is the perfect way to spend a summery Sunday afternoon…
An oasis of green – from rolling vineyards to tree lined avenues, manicured lawns and ancient trees – we found ourselves relaxing as soon as we arrived!
The “chicnic” at Allée Bleue takes full advantage of the glorious setting and takes place in a walled grassy garden and under the sprawling shade of a majestic oak tree with views over the vines to the blue-hued Drakenstein Mountain range beyond.
We were shown to our chic “French-inspired” picnic table, but my kids didn’t even sit down – they headed straight for the colourful jumping castle calling their names!! And for the younger kids there’s a jungle gym and huge sandpit all within easy view of the comfort of your chair!
Allée Bleue’s hospitality team have given the popular picnics a fresh look and now offer three menu options – Standard, Vegetarian and Kiddies.
Each basket is filled with delicious produce fresh from the estate’s soil with a particular focus on Allée Bleue’s signature herbs.
Allée Bleue is ranked among the top three herb growers in the Western Cape!
For our “Chicnic” we opted for the Standard picnic basket for myself and my husband, while my kids had the Kiddies option – a healthy, yet delicious array of homemade pizza, sweet potato and beetroot chips, carrot sticks and a selection of cheeses, nuts and cold meats. Rounded out with homemade ice cream served with chocolate sauce, mini marshmallows and sprinkles!
The Standard Picnic Menu is a mix of local and international flavours. We started with a platter of local cheeses, cold meats and dry melba toast.
Then the picnic basket arrived, brimming with delicious options that were perfect for sharing… from Rare roast Beef wraps with Allee Bleue herbs to freshly-made farm style Babootie pies (a favourite!)
I loved the small glass jars that delivered a variety of flavours from a micro herb salad with a Cabernet / Merlot wine reduction and pecorino cheese shavings and smoked olive tapenade, aniseed onion marmalade, chilli tomato chutney and fresh basil pesto that we smeared on the freshly baked bread.
After filling our bellies with the delicious food (and a few glasses of wine, of course!), we rolled out the picnic blanket and spread out to enjoy a snooze in the shade and a few pages of our books…
And then it was time to sweeten the afternoon even further with a serving of creamy chocolate mousse accompanied by handmade pumpkinseed brittle – the perfect way to end our leisurely lunch.
Allée Bleue “Chicnic” Picnic Basket Options
The Standard and Vegetarian Menus cost R230 per person and the Kiddies Picnic costs R105 per child.
Be sure to book your picnic baskets before arriving.
Allée Bleue Contact Details
Mon – Sun & Public Holidays
11h00 – 16h00
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Images: Kathryn Rossiter