The Lanzerac Hotel Stellenbosch
Ideal Throwback Thursday story. Zelda Furstenburg of Lanzerac asked me what the cheese lunches cost when I was manager there in the 1970s. I actually don’t remember what they cost then. I do remember going to work at Lanzerac in 1966 and the Cheese Lunch which was served in the Tent Bar was 95 cents.
Each day we had hot soup, served in a copper pot over a flame. There had to be 20 cheeses, 6 different kinds of cheese biscuits, a loaf of Lanzerac Brown Bread made with Nuttiwheat Flour which was ground by the Haldenwang Family in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The recipe came from Mrs Huberte Rupert, her husband Dr Anton Rupert, a frequent guest at Lanzerac. There was a salad, pickled onions, green figs, watermelon preserve and chicken liver paté. You were given a choice of a glass of wine, served in a 125ml Paris goblet, of Lanzerac Rosé, La Gratitude and Chateau Libertas. This was followed by coffee, served in a small after dinner cup. When Christo Wiese owned Lanzerac, they reintroduced the Cheese Lunch and sold it for R95.