A fickle lot, Capetonians are known to hibernate as soon as winter arrives – and, not without good reason.
Lashing rain and wind can send even the most dedicated foodie back to bed. However, we’ve rounded up a few restaurants with roaring fireplaces – and, decadent menus – that will be sure to tempt you to venture out.
A “slice of Cape Town’s social energy”, Bascule Bar is set at the water’s edge at the Cape Grace Hotel, but, come winter, proves to be a cosy refuge for wine and whisky aficionados. The adjacent Bascule Lounge offers comfortable leather couches and a toasty fireplace, making it an ideal spot for intimate lunches or private wine tastings – all set against the crackle of the fireplace.
Boasting more than one fireplace, you are able to enjoy your meal with a flickering flame in the main Societi Bistro space, or in the adjoining Snug – an intimate space with leather wingback chairs, perfect for pre-dinner drinks, or a post-meal cigar. With an accompanying menu filled with rich risotto, decadent pasta and slow-cooked meals, it’s a cosy spot to find your winter refuge.
Established in 1852, we’d argue that Newlands’ beloved “Forries” has been keeping patrons warm and well-fed since for over 150 years. Offering an authentic pub experience, their signature log fires will keep you warm while you enjoy a selection of home-style comfort food – including their seasonal winter carvery.
96 Winery Road
Expect home-style food in generous portions – when enjoyed with a bottle of red wine, at a table next to the fire place – there’ll be nothing else you need. Known for their steaks, duck and cherry pie, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder, 96 Winery Road provides winter dining at its best.
Slow-roasted beef short rib, lamb shanks and chicken curry are all on the winter menu at Delheim. Enjoy award-winning local wines next to their log fire, before ending your meal with a warm honey cake. Focusing on “homely” flavours and dishes – with a special touch – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch this winter.