When Schoon announced they were moving out of Stellenbosch, many locals were a little more than disappointed. This corner bakery had become a favourite in town, with their fresh bread and pastries (and seriously good bread sticks) as well as delicious deli foods to take home.
I was thrilled, however, when I heard that Boschendal Wine Estate would be taking over the old Oude Bank space. Aside from their wine, Boschendal has become known for their sustainable vegetable gardens on the farm near Franschhoek, and their beautiful selection of fresh produce. And now they’ve brought their farm right into the tables inStellenbosch.
We popped in for lunch.
In essence the space is still very similar to the old Schoon de Companjie interior, with a few tweaks to make it lighter and brighter.
Enter through the old double wooden doors and you’ll find a market atmosphere, with nooks selling everything from flowers to fresh bakes, meats, coffee and more. In the back fridges you’ll find farm-fresh produce like eggs, pestos and sauces, meat, and even kombucha, and in the opposite corner you can choose from a hand-picked selection of wines.
The restaurant seating is spread throughout, from a light and spacious back room to sidewalk seats under the trees, and cosier tables tucked upstairs. The vibe is casual and comfortable – a perfect fit for a lazy afternoon lunch with a few glasses of wine.
Oude Bank brings the Boschendal farm produce straight to your table. All the dishes at the restaurant hero the best seasonal finds, most of which come out of the gardens at Boschendal, or otherwise from local producers.
You can expect simple, wholesome and comforting dishes. We tried their beef burger, with a fat, juicy patty smothered in oozy cheese, folded between fresh buns and served with crispy wedges. It was uncomplicated and seriously delicious. We also tried their trout salad, which was beautifully presented and full of fresh flavours, if perhaps a little low on flavour.
In general though you’re sure to find a great meal. I would happily head back there.
Whether you’re into kombucha, craft beer or top notch wines, you’ll find something that fits your fancy. The Stellenbosch winelands has a bounty of food, wine and drinks to choose from and Oude Bank has really tapped into this wealth.
We were very happy with the service. Our waiter was friendly and efficient, and he had a good knowledge of the menu. After lunch we also popped over for a wine tasting and got really great insights into the wines from Boschendal as well as other offerings available at Oude Bank.
Their prices are standard for the area, with breakfasts from R70 and lunch from R75.
I think many people were sad when they heard that Schoon was leaving this space, and personally I was curious to see if a big wine farm like Boschendal would retain the charm and intimacy of the space. I can happily report that they’ve kept the heart and soul of this corner bakery in tact, with a few improvements.
Head over for wholesome, good food, delicious pantry staples and fine wine.
Boschendal at Oude Bank is located on the corner of Bird and Church Street in Stellenbosch.
They are open Tuesday to Friday 07:00 – 17:00, and Saturday – Sunday 08:00 – 17:00.
For more information, visit their Facebook page or call 021 870 4287 /8