There’s no winter warmer quite as comforting as a piping hot pie. So if you’re after something with a perfectly crisp and buttery exterior and an utterly satisfying centre, we’ve got you covered. From classic favourites to creative combinations, these spots in the Winelands are offering must-try pies.
The duck-and-cherry pie at this cosy Winelands restaurant is legendary. Made famous in the Joburg restaurant, Gatrile’s, this pie boasts a harmonious combination of tart black cherries, rich roasted duck meat, boozy port sauce and a melting puff pastry. Yours for R198.
At Goatshed you can be assured that the pies are made primarily with ingredients sourced on the property, from Fairview farm. Choose from one of the three farm pies in flavours of lamb, venison and beef shank (R135 each). The pies are made lovingly with paprika, slow-cooked onions and Fairview shiraz. Ensconced in a home-made crust, each pie goes into the wood-fired oven until perfectly crisp before being ladled with gravy at your table.
This charming road-trip must-stop is on the way into the Overberg and offers glorious home-made pie classics like pepper steak, steak and mushroom, plain steak, chicken, and chicken and mushroom. There’s also a comforting warmly spiced bobotie. Pies go for R26.90 each.
Using the famous Riviersonderend recipe, these pies, boasting flaky shortcrust pastry, have become somewhat legendary around the Cape. Fillings change daily but might include pepper steak, steak and kidney, coriander chicken, mutton, springbok, ham and cheese, spinach and feta, beef sausage roll or bobotie. Order a side to accompany your pie, such as roasted vegetables, gravy or chips.
This Italian bakery offers a range of shortcrust-pastry pies packed with rich and intense flavours. The pot pies come in varying sizes – even a 550g family portion for take-home dinners. Filling options include lamb curry with butternut; Italian melanzane with aubergine, zucchini and mozzarella; pasture-fed pork; chicken and smoked bacon; slow-roasted springbok with drunken prunes; and even biltong.
This well-known gem has become famous for serving generous home-made pies filled with robust flavours like venison, chicken, pepper steak, steak and kidney, and a vegetarian spanakopita. There are even more flavours available that change daily. Pies come with chips or a side salad for R59. Top yours with gravy for an additional R5.
Fancy an open pie? Tredici does an open pie with a filling of slow-cooked beef in ale (R99). It’s hearty and filling, as is the vegetarian alternative filling of butternut, creamed spinach and mushrooms (R95).
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