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

Greg Landman

Food
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.

And...
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

    Food
    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.

    And …
    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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    Food
    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.

    Ambience
    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.

    And...
    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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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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