When winter arrives in the Cape, most of us batten down the hatches and start making red meat casseroles and cracking open a delicious bottle of red wine to go with it. In the end this does begin to get a bit much and what we are really hankering to do is to get out – take a drive into the country – and guess what? Do the same thing in a new locale!
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One of the best places to go and feel like you’ve left the rest of the world behind is Waverley Hills, between Tulbagh and Ceres. Not only have they got a superb range of wines to go with the whole thing but the restaurant there is adept at making some of the best Cape comfort food you will eat. Twin fire places and soft leather chairs to sink into as well as the glorious views over the – usually – snow-capped mountains make it irresistible. Chef Francois du Toit is a master at making it all happen with things like venison loin with beetroot jus, and a superb Wagyu beef burger that will keep the man in your life enthralled. And his pork belly is legendary in these parts. Homemade pizzas and tomato bredie, like Ouma used to make, are favourites with regulars. So get in your car and see for yourself.
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Words Greg Landman