A series of rustic-chic shared plates embodies the spirit and legacy of this approachable farm.
If the metre-thick walls at Boschendal’s restaurant The Werf could speak, you’d be sitting on the edge of your seat. This Winelands eatery is housed in the original cellar of the Manor House and also boasts an outdoor courtyard setting under the oaks – deliciously cool in summer and suitably sheltered on chillier days.
Historical and happening
The interiors are bold and brave and combine historical nods with on-trend colour choices and accents. Likewise, chef Allistair Lawrence’s shared-plates menu reflects Boschendal’s deep roots, while featuring delightful 21st-century quirks.
Allistair and his team are committed to seasonality, sustainability and delivering an ethical soil-to-fork experience. Be it the vegetables on the plate (picked from The Werf’s food garden), estate-reared Black Angus beef, pasta made with eggs from happy hens or just-caught abalobi fish – provenance is everything.
Each dish has a clear hero but the supporting acts are given as much focus, often with a Cape twist – think buttery soft and aniseed-studded mosbolletjies served with beef tartare and a soutvis emulsion; or crisp tempura waterblommetijies or perhaps chargrilled just-picked beetroot and smoked feta. And, of course, Boschendal wines aplenty.
What’s on at The Werf?
The lazy Sunday Lunch menu is ideal for families and friends who love lingering over great food and wine, while Farmer Jason’s Black Angus Steak Lunches (every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until end-October) invite carnivores to indulge their meaty fantasies. Oh, and children are well catered for, too with healthy, hearty offerings (not a chicken nugget in sight).
Then, on 16 and 17 October, Rob Caskie’s Storytelling Lunch is one to diarise. With his walking stick and trademark shorts, and more than a few thousand kilometres of travelling the continent under his belt, Rob will sweep his audience with epic tales of heroes, horses, battles and adventure – all accompanied by a three-course meal.
Date 16 + 17 October 2021
Time 12.30pm – 2pm
Cost R495 per person
The Werf’s charm is that it effortlessly embraces so many dining moods – it’s as much a breakfast spot with a view as it is a family lunch destination or a let’s-escape-to-the-Winelands-by-ourselves occasion.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11am; 12pm – 5pm
Booking is essential
Contact 021 870 4209, email@example.com
Where to find it The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal, Pniel Road, Franschhoek
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