Those in the know know one of my favourite places in the Cape is Vergelegen in Somerset West

The 322-year-old estate, which recently won the Wine Tourism Services category in the 2023 Best of Wine Tourism Awards, is set in a lush, biodiverse landscape. its variety and quality of produce, supported by specialist producers, enable it to offer hyper-seasonal menus complemented by award-winning estate wines.

Relaxing in the country at Cafe Fleur

You can choose the setting in which you would like to eat, ranging from the charming Cafe Fleur to the family friendly Stables restaurant.. The ultimate is a picnic with a difference in the ancient camphor forest –at a table –so civilised.

A picnic in the forest

Café Fleur Restaurant

Café Fleur restaurant is inspired by the floral beauty of Vergelegen’s extensive gardens, and the classic cuisine, elegant ambience, excellent service and wine-making styles of France. The restaurant, which includes extensive outdoor seating, overlooks lush lawns and is a short stroll from the banks of the Lourens River.

Freshest of the fresh

The menu, refreshed for summer, offers dishes such as oysters with lemon, melon and fig salad with Parma ham shavings, and country terrine with fresh peach salad. Choices such as aubergine roulade filled with basil, mozzarella, sundried grapes and toasted pine nuts, and panfried salmon in a light, creamy dill sauce, are perfect choices on hot days.

Panfried salmon–superb

Camphor forest picnics

The estate’s famous white table cloth picnics are again available in the camphor tree forest. Whether you are in search of a romantic meal for two, or a relaxed get-together with family and friends, this is an ideal opportunity to enjoy sun-ripened flavours in an exquisite environment.

The all-inclusive, new menu offers things like smoked salmon and apple paté, leek, goats’ cheese and chive quiche, coronation chicken, a mini camembert with figs and charcuterie platter, and dessert. Standard, vegetarian, vegan and children’s picnics are available and booking is essential.

 

Have you ever seen a prawn look so good?

Stables Restaurant

This ever-popular family-friendly bistro-styled restaurant at Vergelegen is renowned for its great garden setting and mountain views. It offers a variety of delectable menu options from breakfast dishes to  pizzas, burgers and a children’s menu.

 

FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK

 

CAFE FLEUR

Opening hours: Lunch Wed-Sun 12h00-17h00 (kitchen closes at 14h30).
Dinner Fri-Sat 18h00-23h00 (kitchen closes at 20h30). Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Menu: https://vergelegen.co.za/cafe-fleur-food-menu/

Reservations are essential: info@vergelegen.co.za or phone 021 847 2111.

 

Picnics

Picnics may be collected from 12h15-13h30. Standard and vegetarian menus R360/person, vegan menu R370/person, children’s picnic R140 per child (three to ten year olds). These costs exclude gratuity, entrance fee and beverages/wine.  A 10% gratuity will be added for reservations of eight people or more. https://vergelegen.co.za/restaurants/picnics-at-vergelegen/

Bookings essential: picnic@vergelegen.co.za  or  phone 021 847 2131.

Stables Restaurant

https://vergelegen.co.za/restaurants/stables-at-vergelegen/

Email  stables@vergelegen.co.za or phone 021 847 2156.