The Manor House at Nederburg in Paarl is one of those iconic Cape settings, which looks as if it should be on somebody’s calendar.
Words by Greg Landman
The interior is all wood and high ceilings, with big doors that open onto the terrace overlooking the Nederburg lawns with ancient oak trees lining them.
The ambience of the whole place reeks of tradition and a visit there takes one back to a gentler age when life was for living and there was plenty of time to do it. This is the home of their restaurant The Red Table where the food is delicious without being precious and the menu has something for everyone.
The wines of the famous estate are a natural accompaniment to the cuisine and the service is delightful in the country manner. Sitting on the terrace when the weather is fine is first prize but the interior also has its charms—and is cosy to boot with an open fire place to help it along.
Try starters like shredded slow roasted duck with beetroot and orange segments (R85) which is so delicious you might want to have it as a main course at R135, or the old fashioned beef pot pie, generously plated. Go on to mains of braised beef short rib with wild mushroom risotto ( R145) irresistibly filling, or the ubiquitous pork belly which is served here with caramelised gluhwein and red cabbage, Cape comfort food at its best, just the thing for a winter’s day.
The venison burger is generous and will bring many an ooh and aah to the one who has it. The kiddies menu has chicken goujons with chips and bolognaise with homemade pasta to keep the little ones happy. Finish up with the Red Table trifle with rose water jelly, vanilla custard and cinnamon sponge—delicious!
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As the wine writer for Country Life magazine for the last 15 years, Greg has met and interviewed more than 150 of the country’s top wine makers. His articles offer unique insights into where to eat, what to drink, and where to go all over the Western Cape. With his dining companion Beryl Ormsby Browne, he has also reviewed more than 60 country restaurants for the magazine and has been a reviewer for the prestigious Eat Out Guide for 12 years. His passion for everything the winelands has to offer has led him into the world of wine tours. To find out more, visit his website Magic Grape Tours.