I’ve done it a couple of times this Winter and truly you can do no better than to drive up to The Cellars Hohenort in leafy Constantia and book yourself in for lunch at The Conservatory.
The Cellars Hohenort is a fabulous Relais et Chateaux Hotel created by the energetic Liz McGrath. By her own admission, now in stage three of her life, she gets up in the morning and hopes that she can get done in the day all the things she has to do. Liz also owns The Marine Hotel in Hermanus and The Plettenberg.
Relais et Chateaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff and Head Chef Ryan Josten have developed a winter special menu which runs to the end of September in The Conservatory. Ryan is responsible for the food in The Conservatoru. He has an impressive array of restaurants for whom he has worked. And it shows on the plate.
Using seasonally influenced ingredients, some grown in the gardens of the hotel, each dish is a delight to look at and explodes with flavour. Each dish is paired with a wine best chosen to be its perfect partner. One of the special wines on offer is a Noble Late Harvest Hanepoot, Vin d’Hohenort, the grapes for which are grown in the garden of the hotel. On Sundays a real old fashioned joint of Roast Beef with potatoes and Yorkshire pudding is on offer.
The gardens of the hotel are an absolute treat, so go early and spend some time walking through them. Earlier this week, I was followed by three little white ducks softly quacking as they waddled along trying to keep up with me.
Jean Almon has created true horticultural magic over the years, the roses are a dream, as is the herb garden which is frequently invaded by the kitchen for flavourings and garnishes.
Oh and do look out for Socks, the hotel cat. He was a neighbour and has now made The Cellars Hohenort his domain. Close to the fire in the sitting room in Winter.
Booking is essential and please quote ‘Cellars Winter Special’ when you make your reservation.
The Cellars Hohenort
93 Brommersvlei Rd
Tel 021 794 2137