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Bread & Wine
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R195 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Country-style fare, Fine-dining food
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

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Famed charcutier, Neil Jewell, and his charming wife, Tina, have been attracting hordes of fans to this gem in their diadem for many years. They've made changes in how they serve their superb food by introducing two courses for R335 and three (starter, main, and dessert) at R375.

In the starter section are great dishes like chilled gazpacho with a smoked almond gel – just the thing for a hot afternoon – and beet-smoked trout offset with cucumber, fennel and tapioca – delicious. The sweet potato red curry with deep fried calamari makes a nice change to the way calamari is usually served. Mains of grass-fed sirloin with potato fondant and mushroom ragu will please carnivores, as will the red hartebeest with pickled red cabbage, bone marrow, and Marsala reduction – nice and rich. Vegetarians will love the risotto of braaied patty pan and pumpkin splashed with yoghurt.

Drinks
Obviously the famous Môreson wines take pride of place with their superb bubbly very much in evidence.

Service
Smooth and friendly service from staff who have been there for many years.

Ambience
A marvellous courtyard under venerable old trees makes a perfect setting – unless it gets really hot, as it can here, when it is advisable to retreat to the cooler interior. Relaxed and casual is the way to enjoy yourself. No frills – just great food and service.

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If you are in a hurry (why?) try the deli where there are tables to be had. Neil’s famous charcuterie platter is available as a main course, so order it if you have a mind to.

(September 2016)

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  • Ishay Govender-Ypma

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    On Môreson wine estate, Tina and Neil Jewell, wife and husband, manager and chef, have turned a small deli into a popular eatery booked out over the weekends. A large part of the charm, whether you dine inside the restaurant, under the leafy trees in the courtyard or join for a wine pairing inside the deli, is Neil's handcrafted range of charcuterie. A casual, family-style meal with glasses of Môreson wine are just what Sundays were made for. Some of Neil's charcuterie is studded with ingredients like toasted hazelnuts, black cardamom and various spices. It makes a bold statement about the willingness to take great produce (the piggies are known to live the best of lives, with even the occasional massage), and turn it into a spectacular product. It does come with an appropriate price tag, though. Over the years the wine farm has earned a stellar reputation for its bread-making courses, so expect excellent bread on the table. The changing menu features hearty dishes like slow-cooked lamb neck and a fat ramekin of Dauphinoise potatoes. The ploughman’s board is a great starter. They do very good desserts too, worth saving some room for.

    Drinks
    Naturally, you’d sample the farm’s wines when dining here. Overall the selection is decent.

    Service
    Attentive and enthusiastic – Tina and her polite staff are always on hand to assist patrons.

    Ambience
    The restaurant has recently lost a little space in the renovations, but the cosiness makes certain features like the charming chandelier more noticeable. It’s casual and comfortable, and reflects the food served. The venue is perfect to hire for family gatherings and celebrations.

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    The lovely deli next door sells Neil’s charcuterie, smoked butters and breads, as well as other local produce worth taking home. Charcuterie classes are also available.

    (August 2015)

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    You may come here for the bread and wine, but don’t leave without enjoying the pork, as chef Neil Jewell is a wizard with anything to do with this little piggy. His refreshing, no-nonsense attitude to food and the casual country vibe of this restaurant has gained him a loyal following. Add to that some of the best charcuterie in the country and it’s a winning recipe. Start with a bite of some of the crisp bread, then move on to delicious prosciutto with deep-fried capers and aubergine. If at all possible, order the pork ribs. Smoked, pulled and shaped into croquettes, the meat is served with sweetcorn purée, baby corn, pickled red onion and creamed chakalaka. It’s a southern food Hall of Fame kind of dish. End with a totally decadent dessert of peanut butter bombe with marshmallow and lime curd… and start planning your next visit.

    Wine
    A compact, reasonably priced list with mostly Môreson wines available by the glass. Also a couple of craft beers on offer.

    Service
    Neil’s wife Tina and her front of house team are very well versed in both the food and wine menu. Service is attentive, genuine and warm, in keeping with the setting. It feels like the family restaurant it is.

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    A comfortable, unpretentious eatery with pops of bright colour, this is the ideal setting to enjoy a lingering, relaxed meal – preferably al fresco among the lemon trees in summer.

    (August 2014)

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    Chef Neil Jewell, king of the charcuterie, creates rustic country fare crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients and artisan farm produce. Share a starter charcuterie platter starring chef’s home-cured bacon, bresoala, saucisson and salami with a selection of breads baked by his wife, Tina Jewell. Robust flavours in wonderful combinations are the hallmark of the refreshingly short menu, which always tempts with dishes like creamy risotto topped with an oozing mini camembert; confit duck pie; 12-hour roasted (in a Green Egg) lamb; and radish, pomegranate and truffle salad. Also order delicious side dishes such as truffle oil and parsley mash or polenta chips with rosemary salt. Vegetarians will enjoy the green leaf and herb salads, ravioli and risotto with purple carrots and crushed pumpkin on the side. Make sure you leave room for one of the best dessert menus in the winelands, ranging from legendary chocolate verrine to a cheese board with all the trimmings.

    Wine
    Before sitting down to lunch, select a favourite wine in the tasting room next-door. The cellar specialises in eight kinds of sparkling wine, including the quirky Miss Molly range named after the adorable cellar weimaraner.

    Service
    Warm country hospitality from attentive farm staff.

    Ambience
    Linger over a leisurely lunch at this relaxed family-friendly restaurant. On a warm day, relax in the shady terrace courtyard set in the orchards and vineyard of this working wine farm.

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    A petit à la carte menu created by Neil and Tina's children tempts kids with wholesome country fare at kid’s prices and portions, while mum ‘n dad can sample the charcuterie at The Farm Grocer next door. (Graham Howe, September 2013)
  • Kate Wilson

    I love Neil Jewell's charcuterie and the laid-back ambience of this charming restaurant, which is built around the simplicity of good bread, great wine and the things that go with them to make them a meal: home-cured meats, a perfect Scotch egg or a beautiful piece of fish. If I could eat here every week I would, but making a weekend of it in Franschhoek adds to how special it is. It's worth the trip. I always buy some of his smoked red wine vinegar and charcuterie to take home. Possibly my favourite restaurant in the winelands. Recommended for a lazy, long lunch. Order the charcuterie platter, oysters, tea-smoked salmon and, of course, the bread. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • I was so excited to visit this restaurant as Miss Molly's Bubbly is such a joyously effervescent and fruity. A previous online menu seemed delicious. I therefore invited guests to join us for lunch. Our email booking and confirmation was handled flawlessly. The garden area where the restaurant is located is gorgeous - green foliage and lots of colourful flowers. Two people in our party of six loved their avocado soup. The much vaunted charcuterie was acceptable. It was spoiled by under-salted bread. I always think, though, that a charcuterie should be described so the diner knows exactly what they are eating. How else is one able to compliment the pate or speak about too much fat in the salami. The fact that the desert is called Neil's Nom Nom's is much too self-indulgent for me. It was the this very `preciousness' that made this restaurant a total disappointment. Three of the guests wanted salad, but not the herb salad on the menu. The staff was totally un-accommodating and would not even consider the notion of cutting up basic ingredients such as tomato, lettuce and cucumber to give their patrons something they wanted to eat. In my opinion therefore Bread and Wine negates a basic principle of a restaurant and that is to "serve a well-satisfied customer" (Blue Mountains Australia).
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  • One of the best restaurants in greater Cape Town. Neil Jewell is a genius, order meat here.
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  • We have been visiting Bread and Wine since 2003 and every year since our aim is to eat all Neil's dishes on his menu at least once and when we have done that revisit the favourites and again savour them for the amazing flavour combinations he and his dream team create. To me his soups are a symphony in a bowl and to describe the other starters and main courses I would need a totally new vocabulary. Sitting out on the terrace is like being part of a matinee performance where we the diners are the walk on cast and the food the show stars and the staff all part of the overall experience. We would like to wish Neil and his dream team good luck for this evening..
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  • A lovely experience sitting out under the oaks, while children paddled in the nearby stream. The food is excellent homey, comfort food. I really enjoyed the springbok wrapped in bacon. The deep-fried brisket was a little overly salted. The peanut butter bombe was totally overwhelming. Service was a little slow, but the host was very generous in fitting us in, (we were lucky that another table had been a no-show - who does that?) All in all, a great experience though. I'll be back with the whole family.
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  • Stunning risotto!

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  • Had the most wonderful lunch here yesterday. Superb risotto, excellent service and relaxed ambience. Will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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  • A wonderful venue for lunch. The menu was delightful and unexpected. The service was good and sitting outside under the trees on a hot Summer's day was wonderful. The best lunch I have ever eaten!

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  • Was so looking forward to trying this restaurant and finally managed to fit in a visit whilst in Cape Town. Ambience was good but food was not good at all. Has to be the worst steak I have ever eaten - not only overcooked but also poor quality meat. When we were asked if we enjoyed the meal, we mentioned that the steak was not good - only to be told that steak is not their best dish!

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  • This used to be a favourite restaurant, so the apparent decline we have observed is a big disappointment. Last December the food was so-so, service very poor. But it is hard to be excellent all the time, so we decided to give them the benefit of the doubt. Yesterday, we waited for 15 minutes before being served our first glass of wine, we often had to pour our own wine, the waiter got our orders wrong, the food was really not good (the quality ingredients from the old days seemed to be all there, but poorly made and very poorly plated), and they never bothered to tell us when we phoned to book that the restaurant was being revamped and that we would have to sit outside what used to be the tasting venue. A waste of a beautiful Franschoek winters afternoon. We will never return.

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  • Having managed to get a table at Bread and Wine this weekend, we were very excited about our Sunday lunch. The venue is absolutely lovely - nice atmosphere, beautiful courtyard in the shade of trees and perfect for a long lunch. But be sure to have a table there and not in the front - way too hot! Service was friendly, but a little slow at times. We had to ask for some things twice and the bill arrived very late. When we asked for some balsamic vinegar and olive oil, it came served together on a small plate. Not very nice. The cured meats are very good - we had the prosciutto and the lamb ham, very good. Great bread. For mains, the risotto with peas and truffle was very tasty and well cooked. However, the rest of our mains were not up to standard. The duck breast was way overdone and the turnip puree, together with lots of sauce, made the whole dish very messy. Also the pork belly was served with too saucy things - two types of pure-style vegetables! Its to complicated, but without finesse. Bit of a disappointment. Desserts were all ok, with trio of truffles the best - simple and straight forward.
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  • We were invited guests to Bread and Wine yesterday afternoon. It was to say the least quite disappointing. Being rated as one of the top, I don’t know why. The coffee is really not nice, served luke warm, in stained cups. And does it take that long to get coffee to a table? For mains, I had the pork belly. Really beautiful presentation, but for a wet rainy day it was stone cold. I tasted my partner’s dish – the venison - it was very nice. But again the plates are not nearly hot enough. The dining room is empty, and rather looks like a store room that has a few pics on the walls, and the tables are to high for the long chairs. Bread and Wine is not high on my list of things to do again. I don’t think it was worth the drive. Also the staff is very cold and don’t really have the personality needed for the industry.
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  • A meal of Neils charcuterie, olives and salad on the patio at Bread and Wine is the perfect way to enjoy a sunny Saturday midday meal. The service is good - although full outside, they still managed to find us a table - but the coffee did take forever to arrive. The atmosphere is convivial and the setting delightful. Wines by the glass complement the food well and well definitely be going back to sample more of the menu in the summer.
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  • I had lunch at Bread & Wine on the weekend. The weather was really terrible so we sat inside, not like in summer when the tables are all outside in the courtyard. Sitting inside is not very enjoyable - the decor is terrible and ad-hoc and there are old spare chairs and old things stacked at the reception desk which wasnt very pleasant to look at. The tables are quite odd shapes and the chandeliers are terrible. The art work is also very ad-hoc. I though the overall theme of the decor is messy and old fashioned. The food itself was unbelievable and very reasonable in terms of price - mussels for R80. I asked for my salmon to be cooked through though and the chef refused which I thought would have been reasonable had he bothered to clear out the mess of old furniture stacked at the front door reception....All of this said I would definitely go back - but only in Summer...
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  • Bread & Wine boasts magical setting and an undeniably talented chef, but lacks terribly in one key area. While service can be charming and relatively efficient, its disappointing that when problems do occur -- and they occur everywhere -- the staff at Bread & Wine (and management, as well) have the tendency to disappear altogether, collapsing to quiet chaos and peeking meekly from behind pillars rather than rectifying the matter in a professional, gracious way. On one such occasion, when an entire course was skipped and dessert was brought in its place, we politely informed the waitress of the error and she left quickly barely to be seen again. We were later informed that we would be provided our main course after dessert and the only response was these things are bound to happen, Im just sorry it happened to you. Im sorry, but these things dont happen in a place that positions itself as one of our countrys best. Worse yet, to have the sunny attention of staff and management suddenly fade and disappear altogether only made matters worse, making us, the diners, feel like it was our fault and that somehow we didnt deserve the attention given to those who didnt complain. What is wrong with us South Africans? Why do restaurants ask if were enjoying our meals, but then turn tail the moment we take issue, however polite or right we may be? I really do admire so much about Bread & Wine, but find it difficult to support them when they fail to provide their staff -- and themselves -- the necessary training needed to call themselves true service professionals.
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  • I went for a meal on 11.04.2009... What a great experience. Thank you for GOOD SERVICE, GOOD FOOD AND GOOD WINE...It is quite rare to find all three entities on ONE spot.Will always go back there.
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  • Im a big fan of Bread & Wine and Môreson Farm! The food is delicious, its not ostentatious (such a pleasure) and its perfectly complimented by the extensive selection of palate tantalising Môreson wines.Nothing beats spending an afternoon at Bread & Wine with a bottle of Môreson Cap Classique or Premium Chardonnay and one of Neils fantastic meals. On my last visit I also noticed that theyd redone the outside area of the wine sales - adding a charming fountain, some pretty barrels of flowers and lovely outdoor furniture. I love it when already successful wine farms keep working on improving their offering. Môreson and Bread & Wine are not conventional wine farm experiences - and I think this is why I keep going back. I could agree more with the last comment - provided you guys keep supplying the magic - Ill keep coming back!
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  • Bread & Wine has become a staunch favourite among my family and friends. While not coventionally beautiful the Môreson farm has a charm and sincerity that other wine farms, in the area, cannot compete with. The food, ambiance and wine are the perfect setting for a lazy lunch. Its so fantastic to eat at a restaurant where you can taste the various ingredients in a given dish. Plus the wine is spectacular - and Bread & Wine charges the same price as the farm. I never feel anything less than spoilt after a day in their courtyard. Its country food at its finest. Well done Bread & Wine and Môreson I will keep coming back as long as you keep up the magic!
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  • The worst restaurant experience we ever had. We brought visitors from Australia and we thought we can go somewhere nice. We ended up waiting two hours for our food, after asking our waiter five times what is going on, they could offer no explanation besides that the food must rest before they can bring it out. We were about just to rather leave when they brought out the most ridiculous portions of food weve ever seen. The manager on duty was rude to us after we complained that we had to wait so long for the food. And it is not like their prices are low in any way. We had to stop somewhere else afterwards to actually get something to eat!!I often receive visitors from overseas and take them out dining in the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek area. This was the worst experience Ive ever had, and will never, ever go there again.
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  • Good food and friendly service was a pleasant surprise at this nice little restaurant.
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  • An amazing meal (the risotto starter was one of the best dishes ever), with good wine (Moreson Sauvignon Blanc), great service and wonderful ambience. It wuold be hard to eat like this in the UK - and certainly not at this price. Well be back in 2009 and Bread and Wine will be top of our list to visit.
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  • Another perfect Sunday spend in the capable hands of the Jewels at Bread and Wine. Service was attentive with out being over the top, the staff where are very knowledgeable about the ingredients and dishes on the menu. amongst other things we had the truffle risotto, confit tomato salad, duck breast all where great and enjoyed by the party. I had the Beech Smoked Salmon (again) which is one of the most delicious things in Cape Town and the Antipasto (again) which I just can get past ordering its so good.Our young boys played the whole day in the stream with little boats available in the deli (great idea) Thanks to all and see you soon for salmon and antipasto
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  • We didnt go to Bread and Wine because it was in the Top 10. It was in fact a jewel that was introduced to us through friends. We have now been several times and are never disappointed. The atmosphere is lovely and cosy, the food is fabulous and the staff are friendly. There is no pressure to eat and leave like in so many of the trendy places that some people think should be in the top ten. Lovely!!
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  • I was really excited to go to this restaurant after seeing it was a Top 10 and decided to take an overseas visitor as a special treat. Whilst the food was good it certainly was nothing to rave about and most certainly not what I expected from a top 10 in the country. The atmosphere was also ok but nothing great, its not a pretty farm with the sweeping views one can get in this area, more an average patio and an average afternoon with average food, I was disappointed.
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  • I went to Bread & Wine based on the fact that it was one of the top 10 restaurants as rated by eatout. The setting and food was nice and I cant really complain about it. But it is definitely not top 10 material. Disappointing experience.
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  • Particulary enjyed the antipasti and cheese platters. The inside of the restaurant needs a bit of warming up. It seemed very empty, although the place was almost full. Perhaps a fireplace for the winter.
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  • We had lunch at Bread and Wine on Saturday, 10 March - what a wonderful experience. We took our 10 month old with and were immediately offer a high chair for her. The service was friendly and slick. We enjoyed platters of cured meats together with delicious home-baked breads in a quaint quartyard setting. A real treat to taste such flavours. Well done!
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  • I went to Bread and wine for a nice afternoon lunch in the sunshine with another chef buddy and our friends. THe waiters were extremely knowledable about the food and were very helpful, pleasant and attentive. The setting itself was fantastic. Just what a lazy Sunday lunch should be. THe Antipasto platter was superb,delicious! As were the oysters. The quail was a little dissapointing as was the chou croute, parsley and mustard with the pork belly. However the afternoon was fantastic and enjoyed by all. Will definetly return soon and recommend the antipasto to anyone!
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  • I visited Bread and Wine on 27 Dec 2006. Generally the food that we ordered was good. However, the pizza that was available on the menu (I presume mainly for children) was tasteless and unimganinative and certainly not in line with the rest of the food. The restaurant should offer other alternatives for children. The service was lacking. The waitress was pleasant but was unable to provide detail about the food, whether a vegetable side dish could be ordered and any other questions we had around the food. She had to run off to the kitchen every time. She was uninformed, lacked confidence and did not add to the overall experience. Generally, in spite of the good food we came away disappointed.
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This is the place to stop when looking for unusual homemade delicacies such as rooibos-smoked butter, mozzarella and yoghurt cheese balls and chicken liver parfait. The Bread & Wine label also adorns biscotti packets and jars of pickled beetroot. The breads are out of this world, from olive breadsticks to foccacia loaded with feta, garlic and kitchen-dried tomatoes.
Ethical shopper tip: Don’t leave without tasting the cured meats, which are produced from pasture pigs. The eggs on sale are also organic, and the milk used is from organically farmed cows in the area.

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