This is excellent country fare at its best, with plenty of flavour and visual appeal in generous portions. The Sunday country feast sees dishes – like the South African Caesar salad, with shaved biltong, grated egg and parmesan – on offer. Mains might include tarragon chicken and the famous aged roasted sirloin and potatoes done in duck fat. Dessert could be a rich dark chocolate tart. During the week the à la carte menu features things like deliciously rich prawn risotto with sweet corn and fennel, and superbly light beef salad with pickled red-and-yellow peppers anointed with rich aioli sauce. The home-made bread with butters made with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms with truffle are worth the trip alone. While the menu is always in a state of flux there could be oven very good roasted kingklip with sweet potato purée and citrus butter and roast chicken and lavender tagliatelle with parmesan cream. The malva pudding spring rolls are just the way to end – unbelievably rich, of course!
The excellent Knorhoek wines take pride of place at cellar-door prices.
Charming and informed with dishes emerging at a good rate from the kitchen.
The restaurant is set in a delightful room with plenty of windows to let in the light. The focal point is very much the pool, which is a favourite with the kids on Sundays. Midweeks are a perfect time to visit if you want to sit quietly under the trees, eat something delicious and crack a bottle of excellent wine.
Booking – especially at the weekend – is essential as the place is very popular for country weddings.
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Expect homely country cooking without any frills at Towerbosch Earth Kitchen, a popular winelands wedding and conference venue. They have an a la carte menu, but also serve dishes from a blackboard specials menu too. Home-made bread with seasoned butters is presented at your table with starters such as roasted creamy butternut soup, saffron risotto with prawns and tempura chicken livers on a tomato and peri peri sauce.
Their mains are hearty and generous and the braised lamb shoulder on potato mash with sautéed baby vegetables and pan gravy is delicious and perfectly cooked. The grilled sirloin with hand-cut chips, confit tomatoes and caramelised red onion will satisfy a meat eater. They serve a family-style Sunday country feast in winter, which is, is very popular and gets booked in advance. Starters will be something seasonal or out of their pantry, and the mains will be a roast of sorts, served platter-style to your table. You can expect sides like duck fat roasted potatoes and other hearty vegetables.
They sell only their own wines at the venue but a few at extraordinarily low prices (from R52 to R220 a bottle). Coffee is limited to filter coffee only.
Friendly and efficient in the country tradition.
The décor is quite eclectic and leaning towards old-fashioned and cluttered but in winter they light a big fire inside, which makes it very cosy. In summer the outside area is utilised for guests and the setting is very tranquil and beautiful with a vast lawn and even a pool, which the kids will love.
Be sure to call and book in advance as their operating hours do fluctuate around weddings and other conference bookings.
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Hetta van Deventer-Terblanche
Classic dishes are served in a country style with skill and panache. He is known for his excellent smoked and cured products, as well as a menu that changes with the seasons. Dishes like home-cured bresaola or lightly smoked hake are served in combination with vegetables freshly harvested from their own garden. When available, forest mushrooms are a delectable option on the menu. On Sundays, a special feast is served family style, with large platters of food on the table. Starting the Sunday feast with bread, flavoured butters and soup, this is followed by roast meat and vegetables. Expect meat dishes like roast sirloin with mushroom butter, or slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with potatoes done in duck fat, accompanied by homely and very tasty vegetable dishes.
The wine list is dominated by Knorhoek’s own wines and there are some hidden gems to be found, like the unwooded Chenin Blanc. Do not let the price be an indication of the quality of wine. Priced from R50–R210, this is excellent value for money and top quality.
The service is friendly and eager to please, befitting their country style and ambience.
The restaurant setting is beautiful and serene, with an outside area from where you can soak up the tranquil surroundings while keeping a watchful eye on the little ones, splashing in the rockpool. The interior is eclectic, with lots of quirky miss-matched cutlery, crockery and silverware, even on the walls and hanging from the roof. A lived-in, welcoming ambience beckons.
The utterly delicious family feast offered on a Sunday is the nearest you can get to treating your guests to a homecooked lunch, without lifting a finger.
Wisely deciding not to fix it if it ain't broke, chef Wesley Muller continues to serve what has made this place a favourite for some years, and the winner of the 2013 Best Country Style Restaurant Award. This is Cape comfort food at its best, with no frills and fancies, but an emphasis on generous portions and plenty of meat dishes.
You start with homemade bread and country butter with delicious preserves. Go ahead – indulge. Though the menu changes seasonally, during the week you might have excellent, home-cured bresaola with pea shoots from their garden, or a cos lettuce and smoked chicken Caesar salad with a white anchovy dressing, or rich wild mushroom and leek risotto (as a main or a starter). The meat course of aged beef sirloin, started on an open fire and finished in a hot oven, served with hand cut chips and truffle butter, is irresistible, as is the lamb shoulder served with potatoes done in duck fat. If that isn’t enough, try the free-range pork chops (from a secret supplier), served with cider braised cabbage and wholegrain mustard.
The brilliant wines of the estate are available at excellent prices either by the glass or bottle, including their delicious pink bubbly called Konfetti. Enjoy some KWV brandy for afters.
Friendly and professional in the country style.
It’s wildly popular with families on Sundays when the gargantuan Sunday country feast is served, with much splashing in the pond and so on. The boma itself has been quirkily decorated with delightful old pieces of porcelain, some of which actually hang from the rafters, while others are used for serving. The theme continues with mismatched cutlery, some with bone handles, all very much used, creating a deliciously eccentric ambience.
You might prefer to go during the week when things are definitely more sedate.
Lisa van AswegenTraditional, no-frills, delicious dining is what makes Towerbosch in Stellenbosch so deserving of its title as Best Country-Style Restaurant at the 2013 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards.
Celebrated my father's 80th birthday at this wonderful location. Everything from the food, dècor and service was amazing.
Outstanding simple country fare, watch out Mariana's there is competition in the winelands, beautiful setting and decor, wonderful music and ambience, laid back service , excellent crisp wines, a must for Sunday lunch, we will return, and return