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In the words of Ned Stark, “winter is coming” and that means one thing — winter specials! We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite winter specials in the Winelands, so have a look below and plan your next day out or even your next special date night!

Seasonal Lunch Oude Werf Restaurant, Stellenbosch

R70 pp,


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Join Oude Werf Restaurant in the heart of Stellenbosch for a lovely lunch special, where their chef conjures up a new selection of delicious dishes from only the freshest ingredients in season, for only R70 per person!

Visit them Monday to Saturday between 12h00 to 15h00 or Sundays between 12h30 to 15h00, and make sure to head over to their website to secure your seat.

Terrific Set Menu at Terroir, Stellenbosch

R295 pp (two-course) – R395 (three-course),

This year Terroir restaurant has welcomed the arrival of winter with a special set menu offer that is sure to make this award-winning Stellenbosch eatery the hottest table in town.

Diners will once again receive outstanding value and can choose from either a two-course option at R295 per person or three courses at R395 per person.  This price also includes two glasses of Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection wines served with the starter and main courses. Vegetarian diners are also well taken care of this winter, with Broughton’s hand-rolled tagliatelle, truffle sauce with aubergine chips, basil and Jerusalem artichoke.

Visit them Tuesday to Sunday between 12h00 to 14h30 for lunch or Tuesdays to Saturdays between 18h30 to 121h00 for dinner, and make sure to head over to their website to secure your seat.

Feast at Chez Shiraz at Devonvale Estate, Stellenbosch


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Chez Shiraz at Devonvale in the Stellenbosch Devon Valley has a whole host of specials to feast on this winter! Treat yourself to any three light meals and a flatbread between 12h00 and 21h00 Monday to Sunday for only R270, or treat yourself to pasta or risotto on Tuesdays and receive a complimentary glass of wine! If you’re more of a weekend warrior, enjoy their Saturday special where you pay only R125 for 250g ribs, 250g wings, onion rings, chips and a 500ml Castle Light Draught!

Head over to their website to secure your spot and to check out the full menu.

Lunch or Two-for-One Dinner at Jordan, Stellenbosch

R200 pp for lunch or R995 per couple for dinner,


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Treat yourself and your better half to a buy-one-get-one-free five course meal at The Restaurant at Jordan this winter. From May to the end of September, if you buy one five-course pairing menu, you get another absolutely free. If you’re there during lunchtime, order any main course off the menu and get a complimentary glass of wine for only R200 per person!

Head over to their website for more details and to book your seat.

Satisfy your cravings at Cavalli, Stellenbosch

R350 for four courses (or R425 with wine pairing),

Five years after opening to the public, Cavalli Estate in the Stellenbosch Winelands has evolved into a versatile lifestyle destination deftly combining food, wine and art. For his winter menu this year, their Head Chef has created an enticing, pocket-friendly, 4-course food and wine pairing menu that will have you coming back for more. Think slow cooked octopus with fermented black garlic aioli, confit duck with pommes mousseline and black kale, and Tonka bean crème caramel, among others. Vegetarians will also be well taken care of, with mushroom ragout, couscous risotto and almond yoghurt with pickled naartjies.

Head over to their website to see the full menu and to book your table.

Escape to Lanzerac, Franschhoek

R7 450 per couple,


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From April to September 2019, Lanzerac will be giving guests the opportunity to treat themselves to delicious food, award-winning wines, being spoilt in the spa and the very best of South African hospitality, with their Gourmet Food and Wine Winter Escape package. For R7 450 per couple, you will receive a one-night stay at the Lanzerac Hotel, welcome drinks, breakfast, a four-course dinner and wine pairing, massages, a cellar tour and wine tasting, and more!

Head over to their website to book your escape package.

Family escape to Grande Provence, Franschhoek

R15 492 for two nights,

Enjoy the splendour of a perfect two-day private family retreat in the Franschhoek Winelands and take advantage of the luxurious Grande Provence winter accommodation offer.
This tailor-made family experience at La Provençale, the secluded hideaway at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate, offers wonderful value and a host of activities that parents and children can do together.

Situated in the vineyards, La Provençale is an idyllic weekend or holiday destination for small groups or a family of four. Guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by hibernating vines and sweeping views this is the quintessential private getaway.
The La Provençale family experience includes breakfast and dinner with exciting activities for young and old, including a French-style picnic lunch beside the vines, and a ride on the hop-on, hop-off, Franschhoek Wine Tram to discover this French-inspired valley.

Adults can explore the variety of elegant wines paired with canapés during A Taste of Grande Provence, while the children enjoy a grape juice version. For a special treat, guests are spoilt with delicious Shiraz truffles crafted on the estate.

There is a wide selection of family-friendly activities on offer in the Franschhoek Valley. Adventurers can explore hiking trails, fly fishing or paragliding, while select antique shops, The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Huguenot Memorial Museum will take you back in time.

The Family Package is priced for two adults and two children under 12 sharing, at a special winter rate of R15 492 for two nights from 01 May 2019 until the end of September.

To book your stay, visit their website, call 021 876 8600 or email

Winter Value at Grande Provence, Franschhoek

R180 pp (including wine),

Take advantage of the generous lunch offer at The Bistro at Grande Provence tailor-made for locals looking for superb winter value in Franschhoek.

At R180 per person including a glass of Angels Tears wine, you’ll be spoilt for choice from hearty pulled pork or beef burgers served with onion rings, chips and coleslaw. Seafood lovers can tuck into classic fish & chips served with mushy peas and tartar sauce or a creamy mussel pot served with crispy garlic bread. For an indulgent lunch try the seafood platter with generous portions of hake, mussels, prawns, calamari rings and baby squid at R360 for two people sharing, enjoyed with a glass of Angels Tears wine.

To wrap up the winter chill, enjoy The Bistro’s soup of the day served with fresh farm-style bread for only R85.

The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining. The new winter lunch offering is available daily from 11h00 to 16h00.

To book your table, phone them on 021 876 8600 or email

Lavish Lunch at Protégé, Franschhoek

R275 pp for three courses,


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Enjoy a lavish three-course lunch at Protégé for only R275 pp between 5 April and 31 August 2019. Choose between dishes like Korean fried chicken, braised lamb roti, spiced squid, risotto, line fish and many more to build your own unique three-course lunch!

Head over to their website to see the full menu and to reserve your table.

Indulge at Le Petit Manoir, Franschhoek

R350 pp – R450 pp,


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Indulge in a three-course lunch and a glass of L’Ormarins Brut Classique or treat yourself to a four-course dinner and a bottle of Protea Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc at Le Petit Manoir this winter.

Check out their full menu and offering on their website.

Lazy Lunch at La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek

R450 pp for four courses,


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Celebrate the beauty of Franschhoek by joining La Petite Colombe for their fantastic winter lunch special. Gather some of your friends, family or colleagues and enjoy some of the Cape’s finest food and wine. Their four course winter menu offers a taste of oysters or tuna, prawn tortellini, and beef fillet among others.

Click here to see their full menu, and head over to their website to secure your spot!

Get warm and fuzzy with Gabriëlskloof’s blackboard menu, Overberg

It’s back to the culinary “drawing board” for Gabriëlskloof Restaurant and the popular Overberg destination switched its traditional à la carte offering to a hearty Blackboard Menu for winter delights.

The new winter menu runs until the end of August, curated in the delectable style for which chef Frans Groenewald is renowned for. The dishes will change daily, making sure that the offer stays interesting no matter how regularly you visit. Ingrained in the Overberg culture is an authentic generosity dispensed informally, which is the centre of the new menu’s philosophy along with a focus on seasonal produce. “We’ll be punting plant-based dishes, not exclusively of course. But I’d like to show that vegetarian options can be wholesome and satisfying – even with the winter chill about,” says Frans.

Think rustic flavour with French flair dispensed from the chef’s pantry and pots, with a twist of the Overberg. Naturally, the weather plays a part in menu-planning too – on cold and rainy days, the menu might feature coq au vin; on milder afternoons in Autumn, it could be a more-some chicken salad.

Expect dishes such as crispy pork belly, roasts, chick pea-and-lentil salad or chick pea-and lentil-bolognese, big casseroles, soups, grilled trout, wheat risotto or curried wheat salad. On the sweeter side, diners can look forward to treats like chocolate fondant, chocolate mousse, the traditional decadence souskluitjies and milk tart tiramisu.

The foodie spectacle steps up a notch on Sundays when, in addition to the Blackboard Menu, the Gabriëlskloof Restaurant presents a set five-course menu. The latter will be available at only R385pp or R450pp with wine included.

To reserve your table, call 028 284 9865 or email restaurant@gabrië

Winter Warmers at SALT @ Paul Cluver, Elgin

R400 pp,


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Keep the cold at bay this Winter with an irresistibly delicious three-course menu (with a choice of dishes per course) from SALT @ Paul Cluver, with each course paired to perfection with a glass of wine. An absolute steal at R400 per person.

Included in the offering is a seasonal salad or game fish starter, pork belly or springbok rump for mains and something decadent for dessert. A seasonal vegetarian main of the day is also available. Add the breathtaking vistas of the fruit orchards, lush gardens, the Groenland mountains as well as a cosy fireplace and you have the ingredients for a magical day out.

This unbeatable lunchtime special is available Tuesday to Sunday (SALT is closed on Mondays), and bookings are advisable. For more information or bookings contact the restaurant on

Enjoy a Bistro Lunch at Bistro Sixteen82, Constantia

R230 – R294 pp,


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For an indulgent lunch of neo-bistro comfort food, there’s a special Hearty & Homely menu
to keep you fuelled from Monday to Friday, from 2 May till 30 September 2019. From R230 for two courses, R265 for three or R295 for a four-course meal, this is winter value at its best. Chef Kerry’s lip-smacking trio of starters, mains and desserts gives you ample to choose from. The broccoli and roasted onion soup, pickled fish, and goats’ cheese panna cotta come with delicious salsas and exotic twists. The mains of sustainable fish fritters, line fish, pulled beef and ricotta gnocchi, and risotto of the day are enriched with great depth of flavour. The dessert line-up is a choice between a dreamy yoghurt mousse, a delicious chocolate choux, or rich caramelised apple bread and butter pudding.

Head over to their website for more information and to book your seat.

Evergreen Winter Experience at Greenhouse, Constantia

The Greenhouse heads into Winter 2019 retaining its evergreen appeal with a menu comprised of tempting seasonal additions, courtesy of new head chef Farrel Hirsch. From April 2019 onwards, patrons can embark on either a full tasting Journey or a less extensive Discovery experience. Both menus are as inventive as ever, and enhanced by exemplary service, stimulating presentation, plating akin to artistry, and an incredible array of flavours.

The nine-course tasting Journey comprises a duet of conceptual canapés, a trio of intriguing starters, a single main followed by a traditional palate cleanser, and two desserts. Both vegetarian and vegan options are available. You can elect to pair either tasting menu with specially selected wines.

Greenhouse also recently added a special discounted three-course dinner menu, featuring a choice between two options for each course, including gamefish with lime, XO Pork with erynji mushroom, “tshisa nyama bokkie,” scallop risotto and beetroot or pineapple options for dessert. The special winter menu is priced at R650 per person with an additional wine pairing option priced at R350 per person. The winter special will only be available between 1 June and 31 August 2019, so make sure to book your spot!

If you’d like to read more about Greenhouse, check out our review of Chef Farrel Hirsch’s previous menu here, and head over to their website to book your table.

Celebrate all things Italian at 95 Keerom, CBD

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Dine like an Italian at exceptional value and tuck into chef-proprietor Giorgio Nava’s special 3-course winter menu available exclusively during August at 95 Keerom in Cape Town’s CBD and 95 at Parks in Constantia.

For starters, tuck into a classic Caprese salad with creamy artisanal burrata mozzarella. The main course is a choice of Chef Giorgio popular filled pasta dishes. To wrap up, enjoy classic Italian tiramisu with a dash of espresso for good measure. At R195 per person, this 3-course menu is exceptional value.

The special winter menu is available alongside the regular 95 à la carte menu during the entire month of August. This is old school Italian at its absolute best – delicious, honest food that lets all the ingredients speak for themselves.

95 Keerom is situated at 95 Keerom Street in the Cape Town CBD and is open for dinner from Monday to Saturday. For bookings call 021 422 0765 or email

Warm up at Mint this Winter, CBD

R175 – R195 pp,

The newly-renovated Mint Restaurant and Terrace at Taj Cape Town, is offering its diners some delectable, warming specials throughout the cold, winter months. Catch up with friends during cosy Happy Hour, spoil your partner with a romantic Table Tandoor for Two at R195 or choose your favourite day of the week to try out their range of weekly specials ranging from burger night, curry night, a grill special, to a  biryani special or fish & chips — all at R175 pp.

Head over to their website to learn more, and email to reserve your table.

Alluring Winter special at Janse & Co., CBD

R450 pp for five courses,


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Take advantage of the last bit of winter at Janse & Co, the stylish inner-city restaurant will continue to run their popular winter special. Rated as one of the country’s best restaurants, guests can enjoy a unique 5-course lunch and dinner experience for R450 per person until the end of August.

Perfectly tucked in a corner on the ever-buzzing Kloof Street, the restaurant provides an ideal setting for those looking to celebrate a special occasion or a slightly more stylish business lunch.

The menu is meticulously sourced and completely ingredient-driven. Every dish uses 3-4 key seasonal ingredients with an abundance of fruits, vegetables and herbs, giving the meal a certain lightness. Combining the new and the traditional, with a simplistic and layered plating approach to match the flavour balance of each dish.

The restaurant has two separate dining areas and the interior has been designed around a minimalist neutral charcoal palette, right down to the crockery and cutlery. The main part of the restaurant has a view of the two kitchens with a cosy fireplace nestled in the middle.

Janse and Co is an ideal option for those wanting a unique and authentic casual fine dining experience that combines beautiful surroundings, an innovative ingredient-led menu, and excellent service.

Head over to their website to book your seat.

Splendour at Salsify, Camps Bay

R395 pp,


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Salsify at the Roundhouse is offering a special four-course lunch menu showcasing chef Ryan Cole’s favourite micro-seasonal produce this winter. The menu is available from Tuesdays to Saturdays for lunch at a cost of R395 per person — including a glass of Methode Cap Classique or a non-alcoholic cocktail.

Treat yourself to a spectacular view and lunch — head over to their website to see the full menu and book your spot.


Did we miss your favourite winter special? Let me know in the comments!


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