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Great Picnics and Lunches in the Cape Winelands, Western Cape

The Cape Winelands in the beautiful Western Cape offer some of the best picnics and lunches in South Africa.

Regardless of whether you are looking for a classy, yet homely weekend lunch, romantic picnic for two or simply a great family meal – this unique region is a foodies’ paradise.

The Cape Winelands: A Foodie Destination for All

Over time, I have had the pleasure of dining out at some of the Cape’s loveliest wine farms. I have sampled everything from gourmet picnics to soothing lunches.

And in this post, I share my pick of my most memorable picnics and lunches in the Cape Winelands.

Dreamy Picnics and Lunches in the Beautiful Cape Winelands, Western Cape

1) Alluvia: Feast on Picturesque Picnics or Deck Lunches

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Alluvia is one of the prettiest wine farms in the Stellenbosch Winelands. With an unbeatable location along Helshoogte, this boutique estate offers incredible food, accommodation and spa experiences.

Although I can only speak for their picnics, this estate goes out of its way to ensure a peaceful, picture-perfect food experience.

Picture-perfect Picnicking in Stellenbosch

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We thoroughly enjoyed the picnic setting. It offers relatively private picnic spots dotted around the dam and encircled by the estate vineyards.

One of the best features about this picnic is the way they transport you to your picnic spot in a cute golf cart. This saves you from footing it with your basket. (Particularly as the restaurant is a bit of a walk from the dam and lawns where you feast.)

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Note: Due to the picnicking location, there is a roaming drinks waiter available. Or, you can order your drinks from the restaurant when you collect your basket.

Kiddies’ picnic option:

No, as far as I know, picnics do not specifically cater to children.

That said, we did see a family with older kids enjoying a picnic. So you can probably book a standard picnic for kids to share; to verify this, please contact the estate directly.

Affordable and filling:

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This picnic is well-priced for what it offers and it will leave you satisfied for a few hours (but not overly full).

Standard picnics are suitable for two adults sharing.

Alluvia also has a lovely deck restaurant available for post-picnic drinks. Or lunch, if picnics aren’t your thing.

Service rating:

We received good service from the estate, especially from the waitron who attended to us during our picnic. He didn’t come check on us too often but he ensured we had our ordered drinks delivered to us and that we were comfortable with our picnic spot.

Based on this and the staff in general, I rate Alluvia’s service 7.5/10.

Where:

Stellenbosch Winelands

Bookings required?

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Yes, picnic bookings must be made and paid for 24 hours in advance. Your reservation is confirmed once payment is made.

You can book through Dineplan or by contacting the estate directly: +27 (021) 885 1661, reservations@alluvia.co.za.

Picnics may also be seasonal and weather-dependent. Please check before booking.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, Alluvia offers vegetarian picnics in addition to their standard, meat-inclusive options. We actually tried the vegetarian picnic and although not the best we have encountered, it was pretty good overall.

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Please contact the estate for a copy of the vegetarian menu.ย 

Website for more info:

www.alluvia.co.za

 

2) Babylonstoren: Enjoy Wholesome Garden Lunches at Greenhouse or Babel Restaurant

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Babylonstoren has two excellent, highly popular restaurants in Greenhouse and Babel respectively. Although they are both different in nature, I love that they each offer something unique and lovely for visitors to enjoy.

I am also a fan of the fact that, while Greenhouse Restaurant is undeniably the family-friendly pick, both restaurants can cater to families with children.

I have not yet had the pleasure of dining at Babel but I love the look of this chic eatery and have heard great things about it over the years.

Garden Dining at Greenhouse Restaurant

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Tucked away at the edge of this working farm’s idyllic gardens, one unearths the hidden gem that is Greenhouse Restaurant. Here, amid the oak trees, this unique, greenhouse-edged eatery awaits.

With its cheerfully coloured tables and chairs, al fresco dining experience and close proximity to Babylonstoren’s amazing garden spaces, Greenhouse is a magical winelands eatery if ever there was one.

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What I really love about this family-friendly spot, which is more often packed than not, is how they focus on simple, delicious food and drinks.

Food is served picnic-style in wooden crates and jars. So although you are enjoying a normal lunch, you could be forgiven for thinking you are picnicking on this Franschhoek farm instead…

Kiddies’ options:

Yes, Greenhouse Restaurant is very child-friendly. It even has good meals that can be served as a kid-friendly option. These include mac and cheese, frozen sorbet popsicles infused with fresh fruits and garden herbs (so good!), warm potato chips and more.

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Another key aspect of this relaxed outdoor restaurant is how children can play nearby, in the garden or water canals, while parents keep a close eye on them.

Affordable and filling:

Yes, I find Greenhouse to be great value-for-money. When we visited, we also tried their fresh juices that are healthy and seasonally inspired. Overall though, all their meals are seasonal, fresh and hearty.

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Best of all, food reflects the seasons and is harvested daily from the garden. As such, their menu changes often, catering to whatever is freshest or in season at the time.

Whatever is not grown on the farm itself is sourced locally from the Drakenstein Valley.

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Service rating:

When dining at Greenhouse Restaurant, we enjoyed good service. Despite how busy the eatery gets, staff keep on top of things. So for me, it is an 8/10 service rating, based on my past dining experience.

The restaurant also has an efficient system for seating you fairly quickly, even when there is a queue.

Where:

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Bookings required?

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No, bookings are not required at Greenhouse Restaurant but they are essential if dining at the sister eatery, Babel.

At Greenhouse, the restaurant allocates tables as they become available. Sometimes, this means there will be a waiting period but it is worth it.

Restaurant enquiries (for both Greenhouse and Babel): +27 (021) 863 3852,
enquiries@babylonstoren.com.ย 

Vegan and vegetarian options?

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Yes, both restaurants at Babylonstoren offer some nice vegan and vegetarian meal options.

In the case of Greenhouse Restaurant, you will notice on the menu that meal options and dietary preferences are shown alongside each item.

Most meals are available as vegan or vegetarian options by request. Likewise, this restaurant also caters to gluten-free dietary needs.

Website for more info:

babylonstoren.com

 

3) Beautiful Boschendal: Savour Deli Eats and Gourmet Picnics

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I have shamelessly said time and again that I love everything about this gorgeous Franschhoek wine farm. That remains true of their food offerings.

Boschendal’s picnic offering was my very first picnic in the Winelands. So it will always hold a special place in my heart.

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In recent years, I have sampled both their exquisite garden picnics and their homely deli offerings and found both to be wholesome, quality and generally, lovely.

Rose Farm Picnics

Rose farm picnics can be enjoyed on the Rhone lawns. They are served up until April, out on carefully laid out tables under the oaks.

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This picnic spot is fully serviced and enjoys glorious surrounding views of the Rhone Homestead, Cellar Door and Winery, the gardens and stunning mountains too.

Werf Picnics

From May onwards, The Werf picnic spot opens.

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This is where we had our picnic a few years ago and it was gorgeous.

Here, you can enjoy a magical picnic on the pavilion lawns. Guests are welcome to bring their own blankets and chairs along.

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Nearby, The Tree House Playground and Pump Track are ideal for children ages 4-14. Please note: Parental supervision is required at all times.

Kiddies’ picnic option:

Yes, Boschendal has a kiddies’ picnic option.

Affordable and filling:

Yes. Both Boschendal’s picnics and their deli meals are affordable, filling and quality.

Standard picnics are suitable for two adults sharing.

I have not personally dined at their restaurant, The Werf. However, I have heard wonderful things about this farm-to-fork restaurant too.

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Service rating:

Boschendal’s staff are always welcoming, friendly and professional so service is always lovely here. Service is an easy 9/10, based on my experiences.

In fact, during our picnic, I accidentally cut my hand on a knife placed in the basket. Afterwards, the estate thoughtfully sent me a bottle of wine, with a personally handwritten note to apologise for this. (Even though it was nobody’s fault.)

Fact: I wasn’t really even a blogger back then so this was not some blogging ‘perk’. Just a heartwarming gesture from the estate to its customer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Where:

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Bookings required?

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Yes, picnic bookings are essential. Bookings must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Picnics are enjoyed Thursday to Sunday, from 12:00 pm โ€“ 17:00 pm.

Picnics may also be seasonal and weather-dependent. Please check before booking.

To book a picnic, please contact +27 (021) 870 4273, reservations@boschendal.co.za. Alternatively, you can book online here.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

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Yes, Boschendal offers vegetarian picnic options for both their standard and kiddies’ picnics.

Vegan picnics are also available on request.ย Regrettably, though, there are no banting or gluten-free options available.

Website for more info:

www.boschendal.com

 

4) Hazendal: Relish Generous, Relaxing Picnics and Lunches with a View

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Hazendal is one of the most impressive, family-friendly estates in the Cape Winelands. Whether you are a foodie, travel lover or culture vulture, this stunning Stellenbosch wine farm offers something for you.

On my most recent visit, I was invited to sample their relaxing Babusha picnics. Following this, I now consider Hazendal’s picnic offering to be among my top three winelands picnics. (And I have tried my fair share of them, as this post shows.)

Beautiful Babushka Picnics

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Babushka picnics allow guests to enjoy the very best savoury – and sweet – eats from the estate’s homely Babushka Deli.

Hazendal picnics draw on a mix of both Russian and South African fare. What’s more, the picnics are generously portioned, quality and decidedly lovely in nature.

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An Innovative Picnic Setup with Views for Days

In what is a fun setup, picnics are enjoyed on the estate’s expansive homestead lawns. Guests lazily recline on comfy, camping-style chairs or giant bean bags.

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Photo credit: Alicia Chamaillรฉ

Yet perhaps the best addition to the picnic is the handy, wooden drinks stand. This makes life so much easier for picnickers!

Add to this, the most gorgeous views of the estate and distant mountains – and you have picnic paradise.

Kiddies’ picnic option:

Yes, Hazendal has a kiddies’ picnic option. This estate really caters to children in the most incredible ways.

Not only do they offer the ground-breaking Wonderdal, a children’s play haven, but their eateries all welcome families with kids. In fact, even their unique Russian tea ceremony has a child-friendly version.

Affordable and filling:

Hazendal’s picnic is perhaps the most satisfying picnic I have had. And, in all honesty, I spent days afterwards wistfully dreaming about the food. ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you really want to make an occasion of it, add some estate bubbly or wine to your picnic. Or even a delicious takeaway beverage from Babushka Deli. (Drinks are not included in the picnic. However, they are readily available from the deli.)

Service rating:

Although I was hosted for this picnic experience, when we visited for the Russian tea ceremony, we were paying guests. On both occasions, we have encountered the exact same level of professionalism and excellent service.

Everyone from the in-house deli staff to those monitoring the picnic areas are efficient and welcoming. Service at Hazendal is faultless. I easily rate it as 10/10, based off my two visits.

Where:

Stellenbosch Winelands

Bookings required?

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Yes, picnic bookings and deposits are essential. Picnics should be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

Their picnics are seasonal and menus change according to availability of fresh farm produce. Please check before booking.

Picnics can be enjoyed on the lawns, at one of the pre-booked garden picnic areas or alongside the wetlands.

Babushka picnics are available Tuesday to Sunday at 10:00 am or 13:00 pm.

To book, please see here or contact the estate directly: +27 (021) 205 5620, bookings@hazendal.co.za.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, the estate has vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free picnic options available to guests.

In this sense, they are really one of the most dietary conscious estates I have encountered.

Website for more info:

www.hazendal.co.za

 

5) La Bri: Tuck into Tailor-made Picnics in a Picturesque Garden

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Photo credit: Alicia Chamaille

La Bri is an understated, yet entirely beautiful Franschhoek estate. Not only do they offer some of my favourite wines (and delicious pairings, like chocolate or biltong) but this estate has a really elegant, tasteful way of going about both their wine and picnics.

A few years ago, we enjoyed their picnic as a hosted experience. It was a visual – and literal – feast in every sense.

The food was excellent, the packaging (little jars and colourful, floral-inspired bits of cloth or paper) was gorgeous. What’s more, the setting was tranquil and soothing.

Tailor-made Picnics for the Win

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The estate offers tailor-made picnics; these can be ordered on request. Picnics are enjoyed out in their lovely gardens on the lawn.

Wine is not included in the picnic. However, it can be ordered from the Tasting Room upon your arrival at the estate.

The garden setting is peaceful and offers absolutely stunning views of the Franschhoek mountains. So the backdrop is ‘picnic perfect’ in every sense.

Kiddies’ picnic option:

Not as far as I know. Please speak to the estate directly regarding this.

Affordable and filling:

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Yes. Although we were hosted for our picnic experience with La Bri, their picnics are both affordable and filling.

We were most content after our picnic and thoroughly enjoyed the variety of our picnic spread.

La Bri’s picnics generally consist of a cheese board, meat jar, garden (salad) jar, dessert jar (with seasonal fruits and something sweet to eat) and still or sparkling bottled water.

Theirs is a wholesome and delicious picnic spread.

Service rating:

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Overall, La Bri’s service is good. We only really dealt with their staff when we went to tell them we were ready to collect our picnic (which they brought out to us) but service was great from the estate overall. Definitely an 8/10.

I also checked online and see that, in general, they get very positive service reviews on the wine tasting and/or cheese platter side of things.

Where:

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Bookings required?

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Yes, bookings are essential. Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance and will only be secured/confirmed once receipt of payment has been received.

To book, please fill out the contact form here or contact +27 (021) 876 2593.

Picnics are also seasonal and menu items are subject to availability. Their picnic season is closed from 1 April to 31 August.

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Vegan and vegetarian options?

Not as far as I know but you can check with the estate.

Website for more info:

www.labri.co.za

 

6) La Paris Bistro: Enjoy Chic Lunches at a Fairytale Estate

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To me, La Paris Estate in Franschhoek is one of the most beautiful farms anywhere in the Cape Winelands. The moment we set foot on this magical wedding and function venue, I fell instantly in love.

The gardens, which are immaculately well-kept, offer a wide variety of beauty.

Sweeping manorhouse lawns, stately oaks and poplar trees and a lovely dam are just some of the natural ensembles found here.

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Add to that the estate’s popular, airy and altogether lovely La Paris Bistro and you have a really great venue on your hands.

Be it for an enchanting winelands wedding or simply a quick lunch en route to exploring Franschhoek or Paarl beyond.

Farm-to-Table Bistro Fare

The bistro serves excellent, farm-to-table-style fare, with a wonderful range of sweet and savoury options alike.

On-site, there is also a charming farm deli, which offers take-home treats, and a bakery serving freshly baked artisanal breads and mouth-watering-looking cakes.

Another drawcard of this delightful bistro is the mix of elegant, yet cosy indoor seating or dreamy outdoor tables, spread out under the trees.

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Kiddies’ options:

Yes, the bistro has a selection of kiddies’ meals on offer.

Oh and did I mention the bistro is also family-friendly and has a lovely outdoor play area for children?

Affordable and filling:

I absolutely loved our lunch at La Paris Bistro. I would go back there in a heartbeat for more of their tasty fare.

As with most places in Franschhoek, they are competitively priced but not so expensive as to break the bank.

Plus, our food and drinks were lovely, fresh and wholesome. So I really can’t fault the value-for-money either.

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We both left feeling content and full and couldn’t even squeeze in their sinfully good cakes.

In addition to their own drinks’ options, the estate also has a pretty impressive bar. It serves up to 70 different, locally sourced wines, craft beer (available on tap) and cocktails.

Service rating:

When we visited a few years ago, we received great service at La Paris Bistro.

All the staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming so there is nothing I can fault about our personal experience.

I would say it was an easy 8/10 for service, based on this experience.

Where:

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Bookings required?

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Pre-bookings are not essential, as walk-ins are catered to. However, I feel advance booking is still a good idea, as the bistro can get pretty busy.

They are open from 08:00 am – 22:00 pm, Wednesday to Friday and from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm on Saturday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch.

On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, they are open till 22:00 pm for dinner too.

For more information or to book, please contact: +27 (021) 867 0171.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, the bistro can cater to vegetarian, vegan, banting and gluten-free dietary preferences, as you will see from their varied menu.

Website for more info:

www.laparis.co.za

 

7) Mont Rochelle: Enjoy Picnics by the Dam and Stylish Restaurant Lunches

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Mont Rochelle is one of my favourite Franschhoek estates. After first exploring it as part of the Wine Tram experience, it was lovely to return to this beautiful estate for a picnic. Mont Rochelle picnics are offered by the estate’s informal restaurant, The Country Kitchen.

Here, with gorgeous views overlooking the estate, the valley and the imposing Franschhoek mountains, guests enjoy not only incredible views – but excellent food and service too.

Picnics at The Country Kitchen are made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients so quality is assured. The estate has a nice selection of picnic options and the setting is idyllic.

Guests can sit on picnic benches or sprawl out on blankets by the dam. Best of all, you are close to the estate’s stately manorhouse, the hotel and of course, its magical gardens too.

I really enjoyed the tranquil setting and good picnic food that we savoured at this estate. What’s more, Mont Rochelle’s picnic offering is solid through and through.

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Kiddies’ picnic option:

Yes, Mont Rochelle offers a good kiddies’ picnic option and their restaurant also has a children’s menu.

Each mini picnic basket serves one child. Mini baskets are suitable for children aged 12 years and younger.

I have to say, their kiddies’ baskets sound lovely and feel more thought-out than kiddies’ meals generally are. Kids can enjoy things like Elgin chicken sliders, corn on the cob and dark chocolate and cranberry brownie with chocolate sauce… yum!

Affordable and filling:

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Yes, Mont Rochelle’s picnics are filling and well-priced. For two adults sharing, their Miko basket (which we tried), while slightly more expensive than the Chardonnay option, is a good choice. Especially as it offers plenty of variety and you definitely don’t leave the estate hungry afterwards.

Drinks are excluded but you can order some estate wine and beverages separately from the restaurant.

I also found the estate’s picnics to be one of the more eco-friendly options around. Noticeably, minimal plastic (if any) is used in their picnic packaging. This is always something I look out for when enjoying winelands picnics so it is always nice to see a wine farm really going the extra mile in this regard.

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Service rating:

Mont Rochelle staff are always helpful, friendly and welcoming. So in my experience, service is always efficient and professional here.

Although we only really encountered staff when collecting or returning our basket, they were good. So service is an easy 9/10 here for me.

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Where:

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Bookings required?

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Yes, advance picnic bookings are required, especially as The Country Kitchen is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Picnics can be enjoyed from 12:00 – 17:00 pm.

To order your picnic basket, please contact: +27 (021) 876 2770 or countrykitchen@montrochelle.virgin.com.

Alternatively, you can book via their website.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

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Yes, Mont Rochelle picnics cater to different dietary preferences in a thoughtful, focused way.

They have two, meat-inclusive picnic options in Miko and Chardonnay – as well as vegan and vegetarian picnic options too.

Note: Vegan and vegetarian picnic baskets are ideal for one adult.

Website for more info:

www.virginlimitededition.com

 

8) Pierneef ร  La Motte: Sample Elegant Cape Lunches in Gorgeous Settings

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If you are looking for a truly special winelands restaurant experience, lunch at the exquisite Pierneef ร  La Motte Restaurant is hard to beat.

Named after legendary South African artist, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, this elegant Franschhoek restaurant, situated on the stunning La Motte estate, is one of the most quality restaurants around.

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With a frequently changing, yet inspired menu (influenced by South Africa’s culinary heritage and innovative spins on comfort food), overseen by top chef, Eric Bulpitt, Pierneef ร  La Motte Restaurant is perfect for extended, relaxed lunches with those you love.

The setting – both inside and out – is sublime, as the restaurant spills out into the beautiful estate gardens, where statues and flowers abound. Indeed, this eatery and its surroundings feel like a tranquil, hidden oasis.

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A few years ago, we were invited to try their a la carte menu. This food experience remains one of my stand-out lunches anywhere in Cape Town or the Winelands. Everything was tasty, creatively prepared and visually pleasing. Though I think the restaurant’s soft, airy interiors and garden setting are what really sealed the deal.

Kiddies’ options:

The restaurant has two standard kiddies’ options, meaning it is suitable for families with children. Overall though, I personally feel it is perhaps better suited to older tweens and teens.

This said, they do sometimes run a lovely holiday menu that really caters to both kiddies and adults in a great way.

Affordable and filling:

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The cuisine follows a more relaxed a la carte-style menu. And, although the food gives a nostalgic nod to comfort food and hearty favourites, plating and presentation is inspired, modern and beautiful from start to finish.

A meal here is filling and satisfying without being too much. Based on the service, setting and quality of food offered, I feel it is good value when compared to any other winelands restaurant.

Service rating:

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In general, service at La Motte is of the highest quality. Good service seems to be taken very seriously here – and to me, it really shows.

Their restaurant service, based on my two experiences, is definitely a 10/10.

Where:

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Bookings required?

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Although not required, bookings are recommended. To make a booking, please contact: +27 (021) 876 8800 or pierneef@la-motte.co.za. Alternatively, you can book via their website.

The restaurant is open every Wednesday – Friday (from 12:00 pm) for their a la carte lunches.

They also serve light refreshments in the garden on Wednesday – Sunday, from 10:30 am – 16:00 pm.

Please note: The restaurant is closed on Christian religious holidays, like Christmas and Easter.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Not that I can see from the menu. However, it is perhaps worth checking this with the restaurant directly, as maybe they can make arrangements for vegan and vegetarian diners.

Website for more info:

www.la-motte.com

 

9) Spier Wine Farm: Share Romantic, Fun Farm Picnics and Estate Meals

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Spier is one of the most wonderfully family-friendly estates around. With Eagle Encounters, segway tours, a fun elemental garden designed for little ones, family-friendly meal- and picnic-offerings and lovely accommodation,this Stellenbosch estate offers plenty for all ages.

Spier is also great for couples and groups of friends, especially if you like wine tastings or scenic picnics by the dam.

It is definitely their farm-fresh picnics that stole the show for me back in the day. We were hosted for Spier’s excellent picnic experience. And I have to say, their picnic remains in my top three winelands’ ones.

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There was just something really special about the picnic spread, farm setting and the day that really cemented it as a great memory and travel experience.

At Spier, guests can choose to picnic on the grass by the dam or under the oaks. Either way, the estate grounds are beautiful, spacious and relaxing and lend themselves well to a lovely day out.

Kiddies’ picnic options:

Yes, Spier has both standard- and plant-based kiddies’ picnics. They are well-priced and seem to offer an interesting selection of goodies for little ones to enjoy.

Affordable and filling:

When we visited, we enjoyed Spier’s standard summer picnic (suitable for two adults sharing) – and I have to say, it was a good afternoon feast. We were content afterwards and it was enough to tide us through the remainder of the day.

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Spier’s picnics are well-priced (based on a per person fee). They offer lovely seasonal picnics that use only the best ingredients. Where possible, they use local, natural and organic produce.

Service rating:

Both from the cafรฉ staff, and Spier staff in general, we encountered good service. Spier’s team is always friendly and helpful and I would say, based on our picnic experience, we enjoyed a 9/10 service rating.

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Where:

Stellenbosch Winelands

Bookings required?

Yes, you must pre-book to enjoy Spier’s picnics. Pre-booked picnics can be collected from 12:00 – 14:00 pm daily. Baskets must be returned by 16:30 pm.

To book a Spier picnic, please contact: +27 (21) 809 1100 or info@spier.co.za. Alternatively, you can book online here.

Guests are not allowed to bring outside food or drink to the estate. However, you can bring your own chairs, cushions and blankets. Or, for a fee, you can hire some from the estate.

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However, if you didn’t get a chance to book in advance, you can still enjoy a build-your-own-style picnic with the Farm Cafe’s delicious food offerings.

Best of all, if you can’t visit the estate in person but are still keen to try a Spier picnic – you can now order them for home enjoyment! Delivery is available within the greater Cape Town area.

Order your home picnic-in-a-box online.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, Spier has a lovely, plant-based picnic offering available for both adults and children.

Website for more info:

www.spier.co.za

 

10) Table at De Meye: Relish Blissful Picnics and Lunches Made for the Memory Books

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Situated on the magical De Meye wine farm in Stellenbosch, Table at De Meye have been famed for their incredible lunches for some time. They have long been on my must-visit list so when they launched their excellent picnic offering in the summer of 2020, I could wait no more.

Honestly, Table at De Meye’s summer picnics are some of the most glorious I have enjoyed to date. And while this seasonal picnic offering might be reserved for summertime gladness – their amazing lunches are available year-round.

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With gorgeous, tranquil farm surroundings and enchanting garden spaces, lunch at De Meye is always a good idea. And if you haven’t yet visited this beautiful estate, which also doubles as an intimate wedding venue, then you better make a plan to visit soon.

Table at De Meye has a set, three-course sharing menu that relies on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and delicious dishes, served on a lovely family wine farm.

The menu changes weekly (or sometimes, more often) and they are open for lunch Thursday – Sunday.ย 

I cannot personally rate their lunches because I haven’t tried them yet – but they look stunning and if the restaurant’s picnic food is anything to go by, they will taste even better than they look. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kiddies’ options:

The lunches can cater to children, if arranged beforehand.ย I am not sure about their summer picnics so please check with the restaurant directly.

Children ages 6-12 can either be charged 50% for half-portions of the set menu. Or, you can opt for the kiddies menu for a set fee of R120.

Please also remember to keep an eye on children at all times, as this is a working farm.

Affordable and filling:

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From the summer picnic perspective, then yes, Table at De Meye’s picnics are filling, affordable and truly lovely. Our food was some of the best, most high quality and wholesome I have ever had and we were seriously impressed with every aspect of our picnic experience.

The picnic setting, in and around the vibrant vegetable garden, is equally spell-binding.

Service rating:

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As we visited during the height of COVID-19 in summer of 2020, I was particularly wary of eating out in public – but thankfully, Table at De Meye were extremely cautious and health-conscious. Yet still, staff were welcoming and helpful.

So, for this reason and just their service in general, I can rate it 10/10.

Where:

Stellenbosch Winelands

Bookings required?

Yes, bookings are required for both their three-course lunches and summertime picnics.ย 

To book, please contact: +27 (072) 696 0530 or book via the website.

Although they are usually only open for lunch on Thursday – Sunday, they can happily accommodate private functions on Friday nights and between Monday – Wednesday too.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Although their menu is based on what is seasonally and locally available, Table at De Meye can accommodate most dietary preferences. However, this must be arranged beforehand.

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For vegetarian guests, an additional vegetable-based dish will be prepared in place of the meat dish – but the main course sides are generally vegetarian in nature. Vegans can also be given special consideration.

They also try their best to provide wheat-free dishes for gluten-intolerant diners but, having this ailment myself, I know it is hard to eradicate it completely, especially in kitchens where wheat or gluten is used. As such, meals may not be entirely wheat/gluten-free.

Website for more info:

thetablerestaurant.co.za

 

11) The Kraal at Joostenberg: Savour Homely, Laid-back Weekend Lunches at their Finest

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The Kraal Restaurant at Joostenberg is one of my best food picks in the Cape Winelands. If you try one foodie experience, let it be their weekend lunches.

When they first opened, we were hosted for one of The Kraal’s enchanting weekend lunches. Even years later, I still reflect fondly on that day.

Slow farm lunches are punctuated only by good conversation and laughter, as guests enjoy hitting pause on frenetic lives. A meal here is the chance to take things back to basics in the best, most heart-warming ways possible.

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Everything about this restaurant – from its rustic, yet elegant farm setting, wholesome food (complemented by Joostenberg’s own excellent wines) and relaxed, homely atmosphere – makes it a winning food experience.

I also love how The Kraal sources much of its fresh produce from local farmers and suppliers. They also utilise seasonal herbs, vegetables and fruit found on the farm too. Their organic farm wines – which you can sample at the wine tasting room every weekend – are also available to enjoy with your meal.

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Kiddies’ options:

Although The Kraal does not specifically create different meals for children, kids are welcome to enjoy the weekend lunch with their parents.

Children under 4 eat free, otherwise there is a set fee (per child) for children ages 5-12.

Please just advise if you will be visiting for lunch with your children.

Affordable and filling:

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A weekend lunch at The Kraal is beyond filling. It leaves you content and blissfully nourished for the rest of the day. This is delicious, hearty family food at its finest!

Service rating:

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Service is faultless at The Kraal in my experience. All the staff are professional, welcoming and warm. Based on my personal experience, service is an easy 10/10.

Where:

Stellenbosch Winelands

Bookings required?

Yes, bookings are required. The Kraal only caters to a select number of guests each weekend.

To book, please contact them directly: +27 (079) 64 11 320 or kraalrestaurant@joostenberg.co.za. Alternatively, you can book online via their website.

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Each weekend, the menu changes but a set lunch (charged per person) is served. Weekend lunch bookings can be made to enjoy from 12:00 pm.

In addition to their weekend lunches, The Kraal sometimes also hosts lovely events, like art workshops or privately booked functions. Keep an eye out for these events on their social feeds.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

The restaurant does their best to accommodate dietary requirements. (These must be specified in advance though, when you book.)

However, I am not sure if they can cater specifically to vegans and vegetarians. You will need to check with them directly.

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Also, please be advised that salt, nuts, pepper, dairy products, onion and garlic are used in their kitchen. These ingredients are also included in many of their recipes so be aware if you have allergies.

Website for more info:

joostenberg.co.za

 

12) Warwick Wine Estate: Enjoy Family-friendly Picnics and Lovely Tastings

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Last but far from least on my current list, we have the beautiful, hugely family-friendly Warwick Wine Estate and their excellent picnics.ย 

Warwick is not only one of the most scenic, relaxing estates around but they are also one of the most beautiful. Their estate grounds and gardens are truly enchanting, especially during summertime.

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Add to that, a well-rounded, award-winning wine estate with lovely picnics and great wine pairings and you have yet another Stellenbosch stunner.

I have had the pleasure of sampling both Warwick’s gourmet picnics and their exclusive tasting (with an accompanying platter) and both offerings were sublime. Their food and wine is excellent in general.

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Photo by
Alicia Chamaillรฉ

I also love that picnics at Warwick can be enjoyed in the shade of oak trees, on the expansive lawns or in one of their unique, private picnic pods.

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Kiddies’ picnic options:

Included in Warwick’s summer picnic offerings are gourmet-, vegetarian-, vegan- or kiddies’ picnic baskets.

The kiddies’ basket is perhaps not as impressive and healthy as some of the other estate offerings but it includes some standard snacks.

Affordable and filling:

Warwick’s gourmet picnic (which can serve one or two people sharing depending on your needs) was filling and lovely overall. It is not my favourite picnic spread but I still enjoyed it and I really love Warwick’s picnic setup.

The setting, with the lawns, pretty gardens and a nearby dam – as well as outdoor play areas and water features for kids to play in – is dreamy.

And their picnic pods are really cool and lots of fun for couples, families or groups of friends to enjoy together.

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Photo by Alicia Chamaillรฉ

Service rating:

Overall, based on my two visits to Warwick (one hosted, one paid for), service is excellent here; it is a 9/10 for me. Staff are friendly, professional and warm.

Where:

Stellenbosch Winelands

Bookings required?

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Yes, advance bookings are required for the picnics.

For tastings, groups of 10 or more must also book in advance.

To book, please contact: +27 (021) 884 4410 or info@warwickwine.com or book directly via their website.ย 

Warwick’s picnic season normally runs from October to end April – but please check with their website for the latest picnic season dates.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, Warwick has both a vegetarian and vegan picnic option.

Website for more info:

www.warwickwine.com

 

13) Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Vineyards: Breakfast, Lunch and Tapas-style Dining to Blow You Away

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Situated in the beautiful Constantia Wine Route, a short 30 minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of the inner Mother City, lies the beautiful Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg.

Everything about this bistro – from Chef Kerry Kilpin’s masterful food to the excellent service and luxurious setting – makes for a memorable, delicious lunch experience. Although they also offer great breakfasts and tapas-style dining too!

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Complemented by Steenberg Vineyards’ exquisite indigenous gardens, which encircle the bistro and adjacent tasting room, and the farm’s award-winning wines, Bistro Sixteen82 has all the makings of a world-class eatery.

So, it comes as no surprise to learn that, since its opening in 2009, this bistro has raked in the accolades. Both on a local front, as well as internationally.

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Bistro Sixteen82 offers a truly classy, special dining experience, while also carefully sating guests with some of the best, most beautifully presented and good dishes I have encountered anywhere.

I also love how, with their seasonal menus and locally sourced ingredients (like traceable free-range eggs or sustainable fish), they carefully keep conscious dining at the forefront of their minds.

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What’s more, their varied menus offer the most fascinating array of dishes, including innovative takes on more traditional offerings, like bread and butter pudding or even gnocchi.

If you are near the Constantia Wine Route, a visit to either Bistro Sixteen82 – or even their newer, sister restaurant at Steenberg, Tryn – is a good call.

Kiddies’ options:

Although Bistro Sixteen82 would not be my pick of a child-friendly eatery (especially if seated indoors), they do cater to visiting families and have a children’s menu for under 12s.

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Meal options include things like pan-fried fish or steak and chips; linguini; and French toast served with honey and berries.

Affordable and filling:

One of the things that impressed me most about our lunch experience at Bistro Sixteen82 was how satisfying and generous the portions are.

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I am not a fan of ‘art on a plate’ where you have a few morsels and you are left starving after your seven-course meal. Give me a good, hearty and wholesome meal any day! So I couldn’t be happier that Bistro Sixteen82 offers proper, quality, decent-sized meal portions.

Pricing-wise, Bistro Sixteen82, like most wine farm eateries, is slightly more high-end. However, although we were hosted for our three-course lunch, I would definitely ‘splurge’ on a meal here.

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The food is excellent, the bistro is efficiently run and the atmosphere is very luxurious and pleasant.ย 

Service rating:

The service we received at Bistro Sixteen82 was, in my opinion, faultless. The staff are professional, friendly and efficient (even during COVID-19 times).

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What’s more, you scarcely wait more than a few minutes for your orders to arrive, even when the bistro is busy on payday weekend.

Overall, my experience of Bistro Sixteen82’s all-round service is an unquestionable 10/10.

Where:

Constantia Wine Route

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Bookings required?

Although I don’t think advance bookings are essential, I would still recommend them, especially on weekends.

To book, please contact them directly: +27 (021) 713 2211 or email them atย reservations@bistro1682.co.za. Alternatively, you can book online via their website.

Vegan and vegetarian options?

Yes, Bistro Sixteen82 caters to both vegetarian and vegan guests; just ask your waitron.

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They also normally have vegetarian (and vegan) versions of their standard menus available, like the lunch- or tapas-menus when we visited.

Website for more info:

www.steenbergfarm.com

 

In Closing

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These are just some of my best picnics and lunch experiences in the Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa. Are there any others that you can recommend?

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER:

Please remember that COVID-19 rules and regulations may affect opening times and availability of wine farm restaurants and even on-site activities mentioned in this post.

As such, I can assume no responsibility for any closures or limited services.

For the latest provincial and national COVID-19 restrictions and levels, please visit an official government portal.

Please also remember to:

  • Wear a mask in public (fineable by law);
  • Practice social distancing;
  • Sanitise frequently;
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Travel Writing and Photography, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. Despite having a national diploma in Journalism and working as a content writer by day, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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