Stop for a bite
1. Salty Seadog (Simonstown)
When I am in the mood for really good calamari and chips, I take a Saturday morning train trip along the coast from Cape Town to Simonstown. The Salty Seadog looks out over Simonstown harbour and got its name from the well-known sailor dog, Just Nuisance. For less than R40 you get a generous portion of fresh calamari and chips that you can enjoy on the wooden benches.
Contact: 021 786 1918
2. Kardoesie farm stall (Piekenierskloof Pass)
This farm stall between Piketberg and Citrusdal is located almost at the top of the Piekenierskloof Pass. It has a beautiful view over the mountain pass and farmlands that lie far below. In the summer months you can sit at picnic tables on the grass and stare into the distance while you munch a sandwich and in the winter you can sit near the fireplace and enjoy a cup of coffee. Your dogs can also stretch their legs and get a drink of water here.
3. Muisbosskerm (Lambert’s Bay)
There’s only one word to describe this unspoiled spot near Lambert’s Bay: extravagant. Freshly baked farm bread, tuna steaks, seafood paella, crayfish, snoek, sweet potatoes and many other delicious dishes are prepared by the Turner family right at the beach as you sit and watch the sun set on the west coast. If I may give advice, eat slowly and try a little bit of everything. Just when you think it can’t get any better, they take a delectable new dish off the coals, so pace yourself! At R175 per person, it’s fairly reasonable.
4. The Pure Boland Farmer’s Market (Brandwag)
This market is held every second Saturday of the month just outside Worcester at the Green Shed in Brandwag. The Brandwag farming community sells all sorts of homemade goods here – the most delicious custard creams, honey, almonds, herbs, grapes (in season), rusks and spices. The men braai delicious boerewors rolls and hamburgers outside and of course you can buy freshly made pancakes too. Don’t forget the cappuccino stand either…
5. The Windpomp restaurant (Brandvlei)
Eat a proper burger here with Wynand Windpomp’s music playing in the background. It’s a good idea to stop here if you’re driving to Cape Town, because the nest town, Calvinia, is almost 150 km further. Motorbike clubs often head here on weekends for lunch and the girls behind the bar always have interesting stories. Also have a look at the hat collection above the bar.