Spend your Christmas lunch at one of Stellenbosch’s wine estates
Christmas is coming and, with it, the expectation of a fabulous lunch with loved ones. The best option is to spend it in the Stellenbosch Winelands; not only will you be surrounded by the jaw-dropping beauty of the area, but you will be able to feast on dishes cooked to perfection and sip on the some of the best vintages in the world.
The buffet lunch at Lanzerac is ideal for large groups who want as large a variety. There is something for everyone on the menu –from a traditional carvery beef fillet with all the trimmings, leg of lamb, oxtail in a Pinotage sauce and baked ham to classic desserts like the scrumptious Christmas cake, red velvet cakes and dark chocolate mousse. The estate at Lanzerac is spectacular and has plenty of room for the children to play and the adults to rest easy and enjoy a first-class lunch.
Cost: R528 per person (price includes gratuity), children U12: R265, children U5: free
Book: 021 887 1132.
Found on Welmoed Wine Estate, Bistro 13’s kitchen is well-known for its excellent food and value for money, thanks in large part to head chef, Nic Van Wyk. Those booking for a gourmet Christmas lunch will be presented with sweet corn and prawn risotto and brown butter sauce, roast pork crackling and mustard jus followed by an upside down cherry pudding with gluhwein ice cream, among other fantastic options available for starters, mains and dessert. Happily for parents, there will be child minders available.
Cost: R350 per person or R100 for children aged 12 and under (which also includes a present from Santa).
Book: Contact Roxy on 021 881 3044 or at [email protected]
Dornier Bodega is a popular venue for Christmas lunch among those who love the Winelands and gourmet dishes. This year, they have lived up to the occasion in style. The menu is mouth-watering, including venison carpaccio on potato puree, roast leg of lamb with caramelised onions in a red wine sauce and Swiss carrot cake with lemon crème, among other succulent options to whet your appetite.
Cost: R325p/p and R75p/p U12 (comes with kids’ Christmas Day menu); drinks not included.
Book: +27 (0) 21 880 0557.
Note: Lunch starts at 12pm and the last booking for the day is at 2:30pm.
The sprawling estate of Hazendal is holding a Christmas buffet lunch in their restaurant, Hermitage. Hermitage is set in a traditional thatch-roof building, linked to the estate’s wine cellar and leads out onto rambling, green lawns, where you can view the majesty of the Stellenbosch Mountains. Guests can choose a table inside or outside and the lawns will host a jumping castle on Christmas Day for the children to play on. This old-world aesthetic is perfect for those seeking a tranquil day out with the best of Stellenbosch’s food and wine. On the menu are various options for both meat-eaters and vegetarians; such as gammon and linefish for the former and gazpacho soup and vegetable quiche for the latter. Dessert is a sumptuous affair, with Christmas trifles, mini-cakes and cookies all ready to sate your palate.
Cost: R175p/p – R350p/p
Book: +27 (0) 21 903 5035 or [email protected]
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