PICNIC PERFECT IN PAARL
Posted by Lorenzo Samuels on 16 October 2018 3:40 PM CAT
Enjoy a spectacular summer and book a picnic in Paarl – the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the winelands paired with great food and wine.
Pick the spot for your perfect picnic on a wine farm amongst the vineyards, on sprawling lawns, under glorious trees, in a nature reserve or next to a national monument. Picnic fair includes delicious treats, some special kiddies’ picnic baskets and even some traditional South African braai (barbecue) delicacies and kosher options.
Bertus Basson at Spice Route
A mere 45-minute drive from the city, Spice Route Destination’s delightful village set-up in Paarl makes for the perfect day-trip for the whole family. The destination’s fine array of culinary adventures includes Bertus Basson’s restaurant, aptly named Bertus Basson at Spice Route, which offers traditional South African fare, including popular picnic accompaniments such as local Fairview cheeses, fresh breads and artisanal meats. Their traditional inspired menu is also available from the restaurant, which includes dishes such as beef nachos, bobotie, yellow rice and raisins with sambals, boerrie rolls and milktart milkshake.
All of this can be enjoyed outside under the oak trees, in view of the lush meadows that spread out like a carpet across the picturesque Paarl winelands.
Eat @ Simonsvlei
Eat @ Simonsvlei situated at Simonsvlei Winery has a big lawn area with tables under thatch umbrellas or the big oak trees. This is the ideal place for families with young children with its secured kids play area. Picnic basket bookings can be made 24 hours in advance.
PICNIC BASKET for 2: R350
Assorted cheese with crackers l Gypsy ham l Italian salami l Snoek pate l Ciabatta l Bobotie springrolls and tomato jam l Trout and feta quiche l Roast vegetable salad l Mini milktarts
KIDS PICNIC: R70
Chicken strips l Cheddar cheese sandwhich l Cucumber, cherry tomato and Vienna skewer lPacket of popcorn l Liquifruit l Assorted sweets
Landskroon Wine Estate
Landskroon, situated along the south western slopes of Paarl Mountain, offers a breath taking view of their vineyards and Table Mountain in the distance. This picturesque wine farm comprises more than 300 hectares and is managed as a private, family operation and owned by the families of brothers Paul and Hugo de Villiers. Landskroon allows you to bring your own picnic basket and enjoy all the splendours they have to offer.
Le Bonheur Reptiles and Adventures
Le Bonheur Reptiles and Adventures provides a great day out for the whole family and they have great picnic baskets to seal the deal.
A free fishing benefit is to be enjoyed per picnic basket ordered. Rods for catch and release bass fishing are supplied. The beautiful waterfront garden feature many safe play areas for children.
Home to the White Pinotage, Mellasat Vineyards enjoys a spectacular position under the dramatic Klein Drakenstein Mountains together with panoramic views of Paarl and its famous granite domes. You can book a picnics or cheese platters with them.
Picnic in a Nature Reserve
Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve has a number of picnic spots near caves, waterfalls and reservoirs, which makes it the ideal place for a day surrounded by Mother Nature.
Situated in the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, the Millwater Wild Flower Garden spans eight hectares. Established in the mid-1930s it includes a bubbling river and several shallow ponds, plenty of trees for shade, picnic and braai spots and a magnificent selection of fynbos, including 15 species of protea and beautiful silver trees. The surrounding reserve includes several hiking and mountain-biking trails. Entrance to the gardens is free. To continue to the part of the reserve that includes Paarl Rock you’ll be charged a fee.
The Red Table Restaurant at Nederburg not only offers a beautiful setting for a picnic, but also offers various outdoor activities. Their lawns stretch out to views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards that yield their award winning wines. You’ll find leisurely spots complete with skittles and swings, croquet and giant Jenga, as well as tasting nooks for the curious at heart. Their picnic baskets is filled with delicious food and it also comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, a bottle of mineral water and tea or coffee.
Perdeberg winery offers great relaxing picnic options coupled with wine tastings at their tasting room this summer.
Braai Tapas Picnic : R350
BASKET: SERVES TWO AND INCLUDES A BOTTLE OF PERDEBERG CLASSIC SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 / CHENIN BLANC 2018 OR PERDEBERG CLASSIC MERLOT 2017 / CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
- BABY POTATO AND GHERKIN SALAD
- CAMEMBERT AND GREEN FIG ROOSTERKOEK
- MARINATED FREERANGE CHICKEN AND PEPPERS KEBAB
- GRASS-FED LAMB CHOPS
- TRADIONAL SKILDPAAITJIES
- GIANT MARSHMALLOW AND DARK CHOCOLATE S’MORE
Booking Essential: 021-8698244
Kiddies Pairing R40
- A flavoured milk paired with a decorate your self-biscuit
- A fruit juice paired with sugar coated watermelon sweets
- An Ice Tea paired with some speckled eggs or dried fruit pieces.
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
At Rhebokskloof Wine Estate you are surrounded by sprawling lawns, lovely lakes, willow trees and many hectares of vineyards. This is one of the most scenic wine farms in Paarl. This venue is a paradise for picnic lovers with its panoramic views and lush gardens.
Quiche Lorraine (Bacon, onion & mature cheddar)
Quiche Florentine (Spinach & feta)
Mediterranean Quiche (Roasted vegetable & feta)
Roasted Butternut Quiche (Peppadew & feta)
R 175 per Quiche l Quiche serves 10 – 12 people
Bread Board 1
Selection of homemade artisanal breads, infused butter, dips & spreads
- serves 2-4 people 179
- serves 10-12 people 295
Selection of 5 local cheeses, preserves, homemade fruit chutney & crackers
- serves 2-4 people 130
- serves 10-12 people 575
Snack Platter (serves 2) 149
selection of 3 local cheeses, preserves, gypsy ham, salami, olives, gherkins, homemade fruit chutney & crackers
Rhebok Platter (serves 2) 275
venison bitterballen, garden salad, bread & humus, crumbed chicken, salami, crispy squid, olives, tzatziki & sun-dried tomatoes
Mediterranean Platter (serves 2) 265
Olives, spanakopita, pita bread, tzatziki, hummus, marinated feta & tomatoes, dolmades, grilled calamari, marinated aubergines
Picnic Platter (serves 2) 370
Selection of 3 local cheeses, biscuits, homemade breads, preserves, peppadew pate, hummus, grilled chicken sosaties, olives, salami, chilli & garlic, marinated baby potatoes, selection of fresh fruit
Scones are baked on order. Please allow 20 minutes. 2 scones, jam, cheese & whipped cream
Coffee Flask – serves 12 people 120
Juice Jug – serves 5-8 people 16
Volksmond Restaurant at the Afrikaans Language Monument.
There are few places in Paarl where you get such a beautiful view of Table Mountain. The Volksmond is a popular tourist picnic spot due to its location at The Taalmonument. The basic basket includes ciabatta rolls; a cheese platter with biscuits; sweet chilli sauce; cold meat; chicken mayonnaise; a Greek salad; fruit salad; something sweet and bottled water or fruit juice. You can add more items such as mini quiches, cold meats and savoury snacks. You can either make yourself comfortable at one of the tables next to the restaurant or take your picnic up to the monument and stretch out on the grass. The Taalmonument also hosts a variety of musical and theatre events during summer where you can bring your own picnic basket or pre-order one from the Volksmond Restaurant.
Cost R300 for two people.
Zandwijk Kosher picnics
Zandwijk, the home of kosher wines, offers Kosher Picnics.
You can order your picnic basket from them and enjoy a day of leisure on their premises admiring the views of the beautiful Paarl valley.
KIDDIES PICNIC BASKET: R150 per child per basket (up to 12 years old)
- Frief fish balls
- Kidz mini pizzas
- Chips (Lays).
- Chocolate Brownie
- Seasonal fruit kebab
- Fruit juice
SUPERIOR PICNIC: R300 per person per basket
- Cocktail roll
- Selection of cheese (mozzarella, cheddar & brie)
- Marinated mushrooms, pickled gherkins & olives
- Wheatworth crackers with humus
- Smoked salmon trout
- Spinach & feta quiche
- Pasta noodle salad
- Seasonal fruit kebab
- Millionaire biscuit
- Note: Content may vary due to seasonal availability.
MINIMUM ORDER: TWO PICNIC BASKETS
- Caterers: Norrie Caterers (food prepared under Beth din supervision)
- Picnic Baskets must be booked and paid 48 hours in advance,
sorry no refunds.
Picnic baskets will be available for collection from the Tasting Room between 11am and 2pm
- No picnic baskets available on the 24th and 31st of December
- You are welcome to bring your own picnic food to the farm.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday from 8am – 4pm.
Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays, Jewish Holy D