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.