Drink in the views and the vibe.
Franschhoek isn’t short on views but Country Grand really has bagged one of the best. High on the mountainside above the village, the newest sibling in the Grand Collection has taken over the restaurant at Dieu Donné Vineyards, adding its signature brand of casual glitz and an approachable, deluxe café menu. Ideal for lazy lunches with cocktails, or sundowners easing into dinner, Country Grand has an Instagram moment at every corner.
Setting the scene
The Country Grand entrance, up a gracious flight of steps flanked by cascades of water, is the first photo opportunity. And then once you reach the restaurant, the breathtaking views over the valley through floor to ceiling windows draw the eye outside. Tearing yourself away for a moment, the vaulted brick wine-cellar-style interior inherited from the previous restaurant has been glammed up with a rococo bar, red velvet couches, and a candelabra and single red rose on each table.
However, down the stairs and outdoors is where it’s at… when the sun is shining. The generous brick patio gives a grandstand view over the valley, with big café umbrellas shading the array of seating options. Eight tables for two are set in the prime position at the edge of the patio with uninterrupted views – it’s well worth booking ahead to reserve one of these. Wooden steps lead down to a sloping lawn and a deck festooned with fairy lights for nighttime dining under starry skies. A giant mirror ball, funky red-lips bench and cushioned couches next to the vines pay homage to its beachside counterpart and offer playful retro-chic backdrops for glam selfies.
Regulars of Grand Africa Café & Beach will recognise the opening menu that includes long-standing favourites such as prawns tempura, new style salmon sashimi, and Chalmar beef fillet Béarnaise. For a casual lunch, a giant Grand thin-based pizza or a towering Wagyu burger are easy choices, perhaps the green goddess salad if you’re in a virtuous mood.
Or choose from the pasta menu, where prawn linguine and chicken and broccoli pappardelle never disappoint. The menu will evolve over winter and spring, adding locally inspired dishes to support local farmers and further establish Country Grand’s identity as the brand’s unforgettable Winelands and mountain lifestyle experience.
Sip back and relax
The palm-fronded bar and outdoor lounge encourage you to linger after your meal, drinking in the views as long as possible – the extensive cocktail menu has certainly been designed for living it up in style. Live music at the weekends adds to the laidback-luxury vibe, so it’s easy to come for lunch and settle in for the afternoon.
Or just pop in for an hour or two to watch the sunset, until the mountain views fade to pink and purple…
Good to know Dieu Donné is on the wine tram route, so you can fit lunch at Country Grand into your wine-tasting plans without needing a designated driver.
Times Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 10pm
Contact 021 569 9352, email@example.com
Where to find it Dieu Donné Vineyards, Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
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