Orchard Farm Stall

Fabulous Farm Stalls in the Overberg

 

The school holidays are around the corner and nothing shouts start of the holidays more than the ritual of stopping at a farm stall en route to one’s holiday destinations.

An hour outside of Cape Town – once over Sir Lowry’s pass, are a couple of options.

Orchard Farm Stall

Orchard Farm Stall on the left has a special place in my heart as it was where my boyfriend (now husband of 20 years) stopped when he was wooing me. It has subsequently gone through a couple of ups and downs and new management took over this year, but in addition to being able to pick up fresh fruit and bread, it is a good pit stop to use the loos and give the dog a run around.

Peregrine Farm Stall

Coming through Elgin one sees Peregrine Farm Stall on the right. You know you are in Apple country with their range of freshly squeezed apple juices. Their bakery stocks mosbolletjies (sweet brioche-like buns made with fermented grape juice), rusks and biltong. Elgin is also the home of cool climate wine, so you can stock up on some of the local wines!

Delicious local goodies on offer at the Peregrine Farm Stall

Delicious local goodies on offer at the Peregrine Farm Stall

The Peregrine Cafe

The Peregrine Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houw Hoek Farm Stall

At the top of the pass, Houw Hoek Farm Stall has always been a favourite for fresh farm pies. They offer a range at R20 of chicken and mushroom, curry steak, steak and kidney. You can pick up kudu droewors and home baked goodies. My aunt religiously stops there for their seed stuffed health bread. The well-stocked deli is full of fresh farm treats such as Green Fig Preserve and Moskonfyt. You can pick up beautiful bouquets of local fynbos and always land up spending more than you meant to – but hey, it’s the holidays! The Houw Hoek Farm Stall also has a great range of local wines, which brings me to my next suggestion.

Houw Hoek Farm Stall

Houw Hoek Farm Stall

Gabrielskloof

If you aren’t in a rush and feel like making the journey part of the holiday, then treat yourself to a delicious food and wine pairing experience at Gabrielskloof wine farm just past Botrivier on your right. The setting overlooking the Overberg wheatfields is simply gorgeous and it’s not surprising that this is such a popular venue for weddings given the beautiful courtyard and chapel.

There is a popular restaurant and at the deli you can even collect fresh farm eggs, as well as divine quiches and pies including a popular Bobotie Pie for R20. Everything is homemade and free range and the bread is all baked on the property.

Wonderful view from Gabrielskloof

Wonderful view from Gabrielskloof

Restaurant at Gabrielskloof

Restaurant at Gabrielskloof

 

 

 

 

 

Dassiesfontein

If you are prepared to drive a bit further up the N2, just past the turnoff to Villiersdorp you will see Dassiesfontein on your right. It is hard to miss. A monument to boere-chic and by that I mean you can buy all kinds of enamel kettles and pots, old kitchen utensils and seal shoes as well as biltong, bokkoms and dried fruit from the Overberg. The doorstopper sandwiches on homemade bread hit the spot if you are starving.

Dassiesfontein

Dassiesfontein

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Buitenverwachting

Where to eat on the Constantia Wine Route

 

Whether you approach it from the bottom of the valley at Steenberg Golf Estate or coming over Constantia Nek at the top, Capetonians are spoilt for choice as to the dining options available along the Constantia Valley Wine Route.

A lot has been happening with regards restaurants opening,  closing or in some cases relocating. Spring has heralded a new crop of ideas and dining options. Here is a round-up on what you can expect:

The wine bar at the ultra-modern Bistro Sixteen82 on Steenberg Estate is the place to start. Whilst previous chef Brad Ball has recently left to open a new restaurant at Peddlers on the Bend, a new chef is in the process of being appointed but patrons can expect the same delicious contemporary European fare.

Bistro Sixteen82

The ultra modern Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg

Stylish Catharina’s is nestled in the werf of the old farmhouse precinct and 5 star hotel. Breakfast is served from 7 am each day. Lunch choices are from a blackboard menu which changes with the seasons. For fine dining, the candlelit dinner is a romantic treat. On Sundays, Family Feasts accompanied by live music are served from 12 – 3 pm from May – l October and feature a choice of starters, platters of roast meats and vegetables and dessert for R280/adult, half price for kids under 12. The Summer Feast is a buffet at R300/person

Catharina's Restaurant

Inside the stylish Catharina’s Restaurant

When Constantia Uitsig recently changed hands many people wanted to know what would happen to their restaurants.The River Café is set to open again under a new name and the new management of Neil Grant later this year although no firm date has been set. La Colombe has moved to a new location in Silvermist estate at the top of Constantia Nek and construction is under way. See website for details www.lacolombe.com

The restaurant at Buitenverwachting has long been a destination for a treat meal. The Austrian chef’s roots are clearly evident in his cooking style. Buitenverwachting’s popular summer picnics start from 20 November 2013 – 31st March 2014. The Coffee Bloc is a new popular addition to the farm and valley with yummy Austrian pastries.

Buitenverwachting Restaurant

View across the vineyards from Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Buitenverwachting picnic

The popular Buitenverwachting picnics

Coffee Bloc

The new Coffee Bloc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groot Constantia reminds me of my favourite granny and is an old and established favourite in the valley. Jonkershuis is ever popular for breakfast under the oaks in front of the Manor House or for their Estate Tasting plate featuring a medley of Malay curries. Simon’s is family-friendly and great for a casual lunch or dinner.

The relaxed setting at Jonkershuis at Groot Constantia

Dining under the oaks at Jonkershuis

Simon's Restaurant

Simon’s Restaurant is ideal for relaxed outside dining

 

 

 

 

 

Ascending the valley, Constantia Glen’s wine bar has a restricted offering of charcuterie and cheese platters to accompany their delicious wines. With breath-taking views this is proving to be very popular as a lunchtime spot.Constantia Glen is open daily from 10h00 till 17h00 on weekdays, from 10h00 till 16h00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Constantia Glen wine bar

Constantia Glen wine bar

Beau Constantia’s location has the wow factor. One could be in a James Bond movie sitting in the glass tasting room suspended over the valley. Lunchtimes on Friday, Saturday or Sunday enjoy a small changing menu of burger, pizza or fish and chips @R90. There is also a tasting platter. Plans are at an advanced stage to open a wine bar downstairs which will also serve Craft Beer and tapas style dishes. Gourmet picnics will soon be on offer in the amphitheatre. Check website for details www.beauconstantia.com

The modern Beau Constantia Tasting Room with breathtaking views

Breathtaking views from the Beau Constantia tasting room

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