We’ve rounded up all the Christmas offerings in the Winelands so you can eat, drink and be merry this 25 December.
Allée Bleue Wine Estate (Groot Drakenstein)
Christmas picnic and Christmas lunch: The picnic baskets at Allée Bleue are packed with a delicious melange of Cape flavours with a touch of Christmas tradition. The Chicnic picnic menu goes for R695 per couple, R295 per person, and R150 per child. The Chicnic-on-the-go picnic menu is R670 per couple, R270 per person, and R125 per child. The set Christmas menu goes for R385 per person and includes a welcome drink.
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Avant-Garde Restaurant at Hazendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)
Christmas lunch: Indulge in a four-course lunch with Scarlet Sails MCC and a harvest table featuring a selection of cold meats, terrines and pâtés served with freshly baked breads. Enjoy slow-roasted lamb shoulder with duck fat roasted potatoes and an assortment of vegetables, followed by local cheese, salted olive and rosemary lavash, madeleines, and preserved green figs and melon. The feast is rounded off with dark chocolate bavarois, raspberry curd, coconut feuilletine, coffee and festive petit fours. Children will be treated to a special kids’ menu and entertainment ranging from cookie decorating and storytelling to arts and crafts. Lunch is served from 11am to 4pm and costs R975 per adult and R450 per child under the age of 12.
Christmas Eve dinner: The five course gourmet dinner consists of raw marinated prawn carpaccio, poached local salmon tout pave and tartare, quail consomme, oven-roasted free range Angus beef fillet and garden strawberry-yoghurt dome. The dinner is priced at R1804 per person excluding beverages and R902 for children 12 and under.
Christmas Day Lunch: The buffet-style menu will be served in the Manor House of the Grande Roche for the price of R864 per adult and R432 for children 12 and under. The menu includes piccalilli-cauliflower salad with salted beef and cured beef tongue and sweet-sour baby onions and dark beer glazed pork roast with caraway-cabbage ragout, homemade brezel dumpling and stout beer-garlic gravy.
Havercroft’s Restaurant (Stanford)
For R650 per person, celebrate this festive day with family and friends by booking for a delectable Christmas Day lunch feast at this popular Overberg restaurant. Expect two starter choices of smoked trout vol au vent and vichyssoise with roasted hazelnut dukkah before tucking into the traditional main of turkey, gammon, roast potatoes, carrot-and-nutmeg cream, cauliflower cheese, tender-stem broccoli, chipolata-wrapped bacon, stuffing baubles and cranberry sauce. End off this delicious feast with either a dark chocolate and roasted sesame parfait or crêpes Suzette. Deposit payable on booking.
Kunjani Wines (Stellenbosch)
The decadent three-course Christmas Lunch at Kunjani Wines comprises of smoked turkey salad with cranberry sauce, shaved asparagus, red onion, strawberries and toasted cashews; aged and roasted Chalmar ribeye steak with bone marrow sauce, grilled vegetable stock topped with shiitake mushroom sauce; and baked mango cheesecake for R650 per person and R325 for children under 12.
La Petite Ferme (Franschhoek)
The exceptional four-course Christmas-inspired menu prepared by Chef Kyle Norris comes with a welcome drink and live music and the magnificent views of the Franschhoek valley for R975 per person.
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Le Pommier Restaurant (Cape Winelands)
Le Pommier offers an inviting taste of home with their traditional Christmas lunch for R450 per person. The options of classic Christmas dishes on the menu include slow-roasted leg of lamb, honey glazed gammon, old-fashioned pumpkin fritters, malva pudding, customary Trifle and ice cream bar for kids.
NH The Lord Charles Hotel (Somerset West)
Celebrate Christmas at the NH The Lord Charles and enjoy a selection of starters from a buffet, followed by a generous main course and end it off with a dessert buffet for R750 per person.
Oude Werf (Stellenbosch)
Oude Werf offers similar but different delicious Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch for R395 and R425 respectively. The Christmas Eve Dinner a main course of sage and butter-roasted baby chicken with creamy green beans and bacon, oven-roasted potatoes, cranberry jam and pan gravy; while the Christmas Day Lunch menu includes sage-roasted turkey or baby chicken with apricot-glazed gammon served with traditional bread and herb stuffing, crispy roasted potatoes. Beans with smoked pork lardons and pumpkin fritters, pan gravy and cranberry compote.
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The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
The Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch and dinner menu at Grande Provence consists of a six-course feast of modern South African flavours prepared by Chef Guy Bennett. The menu includes langoustine and pickled radish tortellini with tom yum bisque espuma and 18-hour Karoo lamb croquette with smoked potato, pickled baby beets and masala jus for R1650 per person.
The Bistro picnic basket for the Boxing Day and New Year Braai picnic from the new Bistro at Grande Provence is filled with delicious braai favourites such as prime beef boerie rolls, sosaties of satay-style aged sirloin and free-range chicken with chakalaka, farm-baked herbed garlic bread, garden salad, traditional potato salad and Malva pudding with vanilla custard. Picnic Baskets are available at R800 for two people, R400 for a single basket and R200 half portion for children under 10.
Webersburg Estate (Stellenbosch)
Guests can soak up the breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch winelands while enjoying an indulgent three course Christmas lunch for R450 or four course one for R500. The delicious menu prepared by executive Chef Nadia Roux include duck breast with mulled wine curd, baby salad and a pear macaron; crispy pork belly with sweet potato mash, cherry and cinnamon jus; and dark chocolate marquise, fresh berry salad and smoked vanilla ice cream.
Have we missed a Christmas special in the Cape Winelands? Let us know in the comments below.
Please note that, while we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information, some prices and deals might change without our knowledge. Bookings are essential and these specials are subject to availability.