Eating and Drinking in Overberg

B's Steakhouse

Hemel-en-Aarde

Restaurants

B's Steakhouse

Bruce reckons 'life is too short to eat bad food'. Life may also be too short to get through one of his 900g T-bones! Without doubt my favourite steakhouse in S.A. I have the same thing every time, sirloin with garlic and pinotage butter and 'The Ultimate Onion'. The wine list has everything worth including and the Irish coffees are deadly. Simple, friendly, what you see is what you get, this is the real deal!

  • Tel: 028-316-3625
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Creation Wines

Hemel-en-Aarde

Wine

Creation Wines

My first exposure to Creation was on asking a Cape wine master for a Sauvignon Blanc recommendation. It took him 1 second to hand over a bottle of Creation and a love affair began. Situated at the foothills of the Babylons Toren mountains, a scenic terrace provides a dream setting for Creation's innovative food and wine pairings, wine tastings or scrumptious antipasto platters.

  • Prices: Food and wine pairing R80, antipasto platter for 2 R180.
  • Contact: Hemel-en-Aarde Rd
  • Tel: 028-212-1107
  • Cel: 072-673-1880
  • Email: info@creationwines.com
  • Web: www.creationwines.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Heaven

Restaurants

Heaven

I suppose Heaven is a meet and right way to describe the view from the restaurant deck, straight down the Hemel-en-Aarde wine valley all the way to the ocean. Bruce Henderson, a Hermanus culinary institution in himself, and Yolande Steenkamp prepare delicious fresh brunch, lunch and high tea in an intimate atmosphere. Chicken breasts stuffed with mature Dutch cheese and black cherries was my choice... heavenly of course.

  • Contact: Newton Johnson Wine Estate, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
  • Cel: 072-905-3947
  • Email: heaven@overberg.org.za
  • Web: www.newtonjohnson.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Hook, Line and Sinker Restaurant

Pringle Bay

Restaurants

Hook, Line and Sinker Restaurant

Jackie and Stefan do literally everything themselves here (including spud peeling and washing up). There's space for only 24 people so you MUST book, as it's a crime to miss out on the best paper-wrapped hake and chips in the world (as one happy diner wrote on the wall). Evenings are a la carte with seafood leading the way (lobster thermidor, line fish, crab bisque, Mozambique prawns...). Steaks served on Weds and Sun.

  • Prices: Lunch-time hake and chips R45, evening mains R60 - R120, corkage R20.
  • Contact: 382 Crescent Rd, Pringle Bay
  • Tel: 028-273-8688
  • Cel: 082-970-6000
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Klein River Cheese

Cheese makers

Klein River Cheese

Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the Klein River. Baskets are filled with their own award-winning cheeses, home-made breads, crackers, pâtés, pickles, cold meats and salads. Shelley and Riaan are cheese-makers and you're welcome to come and taste their produce and watch it being made at the same time. Don't miss the 10-month matured South African Gruyere. There's also a playground and plenty of farm animals to keep the kids entertained.

  • Prices: Picnic basket for two adults R200, kids R40, cheese tastings free.
  • Contact: R326 Stanford
  • Tel: 028-341-0693
  • Fax: 028-341-0844
  • Email: kleinriver@telkomsa.net
  • Web: www.kleinrivercheese.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Old Gaol on Church Square

Cafés/galleries

Old Gaol on Church Square

I thought I knew what milk tart tasted like until I had the pleasure of experiencing one here: the friendly Xhosa ladies who run the show at the Old Gaol bake it the old-fashioned way in copper pans over hot coals in the yard. You can also get traditional roosterkoek and other South African specialities, although if you do you’ll have to save the milk tart for later... Just opposite Swellendam’s Dutch Reformed Church, it’s the perfect place for a pick-me-up while visiting the Drostdy Museum, whether you choose the cosy main dining room, sunny conservatory section or outside tables; I ended up staying most of the morning and left clutching even more goodies from the little shop. Extra offerings are full facilities for parents with children, a jungle gym, swings, sandpit on the lawn under trees. There is also a collection of antique horse carts on show. A super place.

  • Prices: Special of the day R48 - R105. The price per main course is between R65 - R105.
  • Contact: 8a Voortrek Street, Church Square, Swellendam
  • Tel: 028-514-3847
  • Fax: 028-514-3847
  • Email: info@oldgaolrestaurant.co.za
  • Web: www.oldgaolrestaurant.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

Raka

Wine

Raka

I became a fan of Raka wines long before I made it to the winery. In restaurants, bars and friends' houses, I challenge anyone to find a better shiraz than Raka's Biography. The small, personal, family-run estate is named after Piet's beloved fishing boat. Piet and Elna Dreyer's genius is complimented by a slightly Mad Hatter approach to life. Wonderful people making wonderful wine!

  • Prices: R23 for a rosé to R90 for award-winning shiraz.
  • Contact: PO Box 124, Caledon
  • Tel: 028-341-0676
  • Fax: 086-606-5462
  • Cel: 082-658-1062
  • Email: info@rakawine.co.za
  • Web: www.rakawine.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

The Deli

Hermanus

Cafés & delis

The Deli is Hermanus's best-kept secret, with the best coffee in town, along with delicious croissants, breakfasts, panninis and much more. Relax with a glass of wine in the courtyard and choose from a wide variety of imported and local meats, cheeses and deli goods to enjoy at home. The Deli is where the locals go.

  • Prices: Average coffee R15, light meal R45.
  • Contact: 181 Main Road, Hermanus
  • Tel: 028-313-2137
  • Email: sammyb@whalemail.co.za
  • Web: www.delis.co.za
  • Updated: 31/01/2010

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The Overberg is all about the meeting of land and ocean. Agulhas is the southernmost tip of Africa (not Cape Point as is often assumed) and here, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans collide, the sea smashes over rocky and rugged headlands, and washes up on wide, arcing white-sand beaches.

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