Family Friendly Fun At Meerendal Wine Estate

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(021) 975 0383
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Vissershok Road, Durbanville, Cape Town.

I don’t know about you, but I am really missing December! It seems like it was months ago that we closed up shop, kicked off the shoes and got to indulge in both food and drink, usually whilst enjoying great company. My in-laws visited us over the Christmas period and we managed to fit in a visit to Kirstenbosch, lunch at Forries, walks on the beach and loads of wine tasting. And now all those lovely languid days are long gone and we are in the throes of a new year. So I beg your indulgence as I reminisce about one of the spots we visited – Meerendal Wine Estate.
Meerendal’s appeal lies in its ability to cater to a variety of people. Wine lovers can pop through for a tasting and a snack platter at the deli, whilst mountain bikers can take advantage of the well laid-out MTB routes through the vineyards. And for those of us who like long leisurely lunches, the Crown Restaurant and Wine Bar is the perfect spot for the whole family. The outdoor area is perfect for youngsters with loads of space to run around, whilst the interior of the eatery is quirky yet modern, complete with funky lighting, enormous circular raised booths that provide very comfy seating for at least 8 people, and a series of rectangular booths that allow for both private dining and a window seat. And I absolutely loved the full size painted bicycles that adorned one of the walls! (Scroll down to view my pics).
The restaurant serves both breakfast and lunch and we decided to tuck into some main courses; once we polished off the fresh bread, butter and pate platter that is served gratis, we got down to the business of lunch: Crown Gourmet Burger topped with crispy pancetta, cheddar cheese, red onion marmalade, pickled cucumber ribbons and side of fries (R80); Pistachio Kingklip served with sweet potato puree, pickled cauliflower and a lemon Beaurre Blanc sauce (R115). And to finish off a Greek yoghurt Panna Cotta served with Strawberry and Poppy seed salsa (R45). The wine flowed, the service was friendly and efficient, and it made for a rather enjoyable couple of hours in the Durbanville wine valley.

Apparently the restaurant lawns play host to a monthly market - I suggest you say Hi to Meerendal on Facebook to keep up to date with MTB news, updates on their wine, the market and more.

by Philippa McRae
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