23 April 2017
Springfontein Eats – Michelin Stars in the middle of the Overberg
From the misty Elgin apple farms, and gentle Hemel-en-Aarde Vineyards to the Kleinrivier Mountains, you will discover another world worth visiting.
The Overberg – a tranquil, step back in time, abundant with wineries and restaurants, but you can’t visit without a lingering lunch at Springfontein Eats – much like we did last weekend.
Set on an earthy, organic working farm between Stanford’s Kleinrivier Mountains and the coastal dunes, thriving with home grown fruit and vegetables, locally sourced meat and locally caught fish, in it you will find a friend and firm farm-to-fork-favourite.
An offbeat, transfigured farmstead enveloped by greenery and organic produce, Springfotein Eats will welcome you the second you set food through the creaky farm door.
What’s more, they are family-friendly. In fact, our lunch was a family affair and my neices were as happy as piglets in mud with an endearing and spontaneous donkey apple feeding activity.
And what’s more, the proprietors, Jürgen and Susanne Schneider, ran a Michelin-starred restaurant in Germany for eighteen years before settling in the darling town of Stanford, which for those that don’t know is half an hour’s drive from Hermanus.
The talented pair have created a culinary haven that’s been nominated for an Eat Out Boschendal Style Award – a deserved accolade.
Their naturally crafted menu’s, consisting of 3 – 6 plates, decrease with portion size making them manageable, and they change it daily. Examples being, Calamari with corn; Sardines and cauliflower; Mock truffle, barley, chicken wings; Beef, beans, marrow; Havarti with pears; Olive oil mousse and goose berries.
They surprised us throughout the lunch with complimentary treats from the kitchen that don’t count as courses – and by that I’m not referring to the calories!
The wines were outstanding and paired perfectly with the cuisine – the Springfontein Chenin and their unfiltered Pinotage stood out for me.
The tastings are apparently mostly led by Zimbabwean born wine maker, Tariro Masayiti, who I believe is both charming and knowledgeable. And, their wine list features the best South Africa wines with a focus on the Stanford and Walker Bay wine regions, and an array of International Old World Wines.
A word of warning, but it’s not a negative – rather part of the experience. The road to Springfontein is not the easiest to find, but worth every bump of the journey.
Which brings me to my point that a visit to Springfotein is a slow food and wine weekend, so book a spot in one of their cosy cottages - the hobbit house or on the hillside at the top of the dirt road jeep track – or of course in Hermanus if you feel like a sea breeze.
Make sure you get there when you’re next near Cape Town, and pay them a visit for some serious Overberg overindulgence!
Tasting Sat & Sun 09h00 - 16h00
Mon - Fri 07h00 - 17h00
Dinner Tues - Sat
Lunch Thurs – Sun
Note from Caroline ~ ensure you book in advance for peak season!
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