Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Overberg Restaurants

Overberg Restaurants

Ah, South African summer – at The Conservatory Restaurant, one of the top Overberg Restaurants, this means time for an exciting new menu.  So if your Christmas lunch left you feeling less than inspired then feast your eyes on our colourful summer menu.

First up is our favourite starter for the season – Beetroot and Walnut Ravioli with Goat Cheese Crème.  It’s the vision of flamboyance, yet subtle and sweet to taste.  Other stars on the starter side are the Smoked Trout and Warm Potato Salad as well as the Smoky Tomato Gazpacho.

On to mains. We are most excited about the Char-Grilled Chicken Thigh with Asparagus, Mushrooms, Parsnip and Harissa – a beautifully balanced and visually pleasing meal.

For another of our favourites among the main dishes we bring the ocean to Swellendam with our fresh Pan Seared Hake with Cape Malay Pickled Onion and Root Vegetable Salad.  Dried Chillies, ...

Top Billing visits Swellendam0

Posted 28 November, 2017

Top Billing visits Swellendam

Top Billing visits Swellendam

Top Billing visits Swellendam and we were lucky enough to catch up with them at Wildebraam Berry Estate for a behind-the-scenes look at their adventures.  The Top Billing Team visited Swellendam together with South African TV-presenter and actress Bonnie Mbuli and her two beautiful boys.  One of their many stops was the Wildebraam Berry Estate for berry picking, a liqueur tasting and some sweet berry treats.

Remember the Wildebraam Berry Festival next weekend, the 1st to 3rd December with loads of fun for the entire family.  Also, keep a lookout for Schoone Oordt, Appelsbosch Farm, The Swellendam Getaway Adventure Farm and of course, Wildebraam’s 15 minutes of fame coming to a TV near you soon!

Berry Picking in Swellendam0

Posted 21 November, 2017

Berry picking in Swellendam

Berry Picking in Swellendam

Summertime is Berry Season and that means it is time for berry picking in Swellendam.  So we’re blowing the lid off Swellendam’s best kept secret – did you know that our beautiful town in the heart of the Overberg is also the youngberry capital of the world.  Swellendam is home to Wildebraam Berry Estate – the largest youngberry producer in the world.  Wildebraam Berry Estate is responsible for almost 90% of the world’s youngberry production.  Here’s the kicker…Wildebraam Berry Estate is open to the public for youngberry and blackberry picking from mid-November all through the holidays until the end of December.

What’s a youngberry you ask?  Oh, just the most delicious, sweet yet subtly sour, ruby red berry that you’ll ever taste. The youngberry, Rubus Cecaesius, is a hybrid between raspberries and blackberries and not only do they make delightful jams, syrups, liqueurs and preserves but they are ...

Halloween in Swellendam2

Posted 1 November, 2017

Halloween in Swellendam

Halloween in Swellendam

Afternoon tea was served with a chilling twist for Halloween in Swellendam. We pulled out all the stops for Halloween even serving slime cake with skeletons. Have a look at the scary shenanigans we got up to.

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