Is there anything more nostalgic than Sunday Lunch? Each and every family has their own traditions and it’s something we follow from a young age and take with us as we grow older and create our own traditions in our families. I remember Sunday’s were always a big occasion in our home. My mom would work throughout the week so taking time to cook us nutritional balanced meals in preparation for the week ahead on a Sunday while getting inspired by Nigella or The Greedy Italians while sipping on a glass of wine was her favourite tradition.
At around 1pm we would all waft towards the kitchen with the smell of 6 hour roasted lamb leg, a rich and creamy jus, oven roasted vegetables and crispy fried potatoes. As we have gotten older and moved out, you can often find Clem and I at various wine farms on a Sunday, but nothing could prepare me for the sentimentality that The Cellars Hohenort had in store for us.
Situated in the lush Constantia region, The Cellars Hohenort is a Five-Star Relais & Châteaux luxury establishment surrounded by nine acres of perfectly manicured and award-winning gardens just 20 minutes outside of Cape Town CBD. Greenhouse is an EAT OUT favourite and you would of heard about Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff and rising star, Head Chef Ashley Moss who have been guiding this Liz McGrath flagship restaurant for a significant amount of time.
The Conservatory is the second restaurant on the sprawling property which is where Sunday lunch is offered.
Walking into The Conservatory the old worldly interior transports you to a time where people thought it an occasion to have Sunday Lunch (I absolutely love that.) With the regular diners that have practically become part of the furniture, we absolutely loved the feeling of happiness and joy that guests felt from their favourite waiters and waitress.
Once seated, we gazed at the menu which offers a selection of colloquial flavours and delicacies while remaining sustainable and resourceful with local produce. It wasn’t long until the smell of perfectly tender roast beef, friend potatoes and freshly baked bread filled the air as the waitrons glided in and out of the kitchen swing doors.
Margot Janse (Head judge at this years Eat Out Awards put it so eloquently,) stated that she was impressed at how much work and effort was going into bread courses and I fully agree! A bread course is what you begin a meal with, it is the ideal opportunity for an establishment to showcase their talent.
An absolutely incredible wine list followed which boasted the very best in South African wine. With the likes of Robertson, Elgin, Stellenbosch, Hemel en Aarde Valley, Franschhoek and of course the Constantia region showing off their best cultivar’s, I could have spent all day drinking from the impeccable wine list.
Then came the masterwork…the piece de resistance! A Sunday Lunch with all of the trimmings – Almost 300g of tender beef cooked to absolute perfect (which the waitress also asked us how we would liked it cooked – which really is a great touch considering its roasted as a large meat cut,) cornels of crispy potato pockets of heaven, crunchy vegetables, quintessentially British Yorkshire puddings and then topped off with a silky drizzle of rich jus. Not forgetting the incredible detail of sauces that accompany the meal of – dijon mustard, wholegrain mustard and horseradish…superb!
After lunch, we decided to walk off some of indulgences and enjoy the gardens that truly seem to stretch for miles. Winding our way through the canopy of oak trees, around each fountain as we heard a trickling of water and then back through the aromatic rose garden. The perfect end to a truly delicious afternoon with nostalgia being the main ingredient.
For an incredible R145 per person (not including the wine,) you can truly indulge in this exquisite experience. Bookings are essential as you would not want to be disappointed.
+27 (0) 21 794 5535
Lunch: 12h00 to14h30
+27 (0) 21 794 2137
93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, 7806,
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Although I was invited to enjoy this experience, all the opinions are genuine. The photographs were taken for the specific purpose of this blog post. The images are accurate to the offering.