If you have been following the blog for a little while you may know I am a huge fan of Stellenbosch. This is mostly because I am a huge fan of food and wine. But lately – in my old age – I’m all about weekends away. When I was in varsity – weekends away were well out of my budget and I normally had a mandatory Tiger Saturday night appearance to make. Yes, that is embarrassing. But now I live for Friday nights at home with Criminal Minds and a Sunday eating butter chicken on my sweetheart’s couch sounds like a dream come true. So yes, I am still embarrassing. BUT sometimes I redeem myself and go on amazing weekends away!
I have had the absolute delight of visiting Oude Werf, in the heart of Stellies, twice. The first time was on a blogger trip where we spent some time discovering the Stellies Winter Sale. Stellenbosch Travel has put together some amazing winter packages from budget all the way up to luxury. The packages are two nights stay over, a dinner, a lunch and two activties at a set rate per person. If you have a little winter wanderlust and would like to spend some time in Stellies have a look at the packages on offer.
Oude Werf is included in the luxury package – and oh, darling, it is luxurious!
Oude Werf has 58 rooms split into three categories: Luxury, Deluxe and Superior. On my first visit with the team of bloggers I spent the night in the most amazing Luxury room and on my second visit we stayed in a Superior room.
The Luxury room was like something out of a fairy tale – modern touches with old school charm. I loved the high ceilings, wooden antique pieces and elegant room divider. The room was really big with enough space to have me tempted to stay the week! The bed was giant with crisp white linen and giant fluffy pillows!
I sadly did not have enough time to spend rolling around the bed as we had a late night and an early start. This is definitely the kind of bed and room that you want to retreat to for a winter escape with movies and many cups of tea! Every room comes with a little tea and Nespresso coffee station – the biggest highlight being the amazing cookies one of the ladies in the Oude Werf supplies.
I don’t take very good bathroom photos and this is definitely something I need to work on. Any hot tips would be much appreciated! But the bathroom in the Luxury room was a big wow! I loved the red face brick feature wall and the old school wall finishings paired with an ultra modern bath, shower and vanity.
This bath is a real delight and I have to tell you about it! The bath has a bum scoop! You may be wondering what a bum scoop is. And I would to let you know that this is not a technical term but something I have termed through the process of explaining this bath to anyone who would listen the next day! If you look closely at the photo below you will see the bath has a curve that scoops down and then back up again. This makes for the perfect fit whilst you luxuriate in the bath! After our dinner I climbed into the bath with a good book and could happily have stayed there if not for the early start the next day!
I loved all the bright colours and pretty accents of this room – don’t get me wrong it is super eclectic but somehow it all pulls together. This room seemed smaller than the Luxury room but had perks such as a table and pull out bench by the mirror for makeup and a desk over in the corner for anything work related.
Again Oude Werf delivered on the amazing comfy beds and those fantastic butter cookies!
The bathroom is as you enter the room and then you walk through to the bedroom. They had an amazing big bucket bath with a soft curtain if you’d like a little more privacy. I had a really good splash in the bath the next morning. (Hot tip: Always pack bubble bath when visiting a fancy hotel!).
Our room came with a lovely little balcony and these great designer chairs. This would make the perfect spot for a cup of tea and a little sunshine in the morning. We unfortunately could not convince ourselves to climb out of bed in time! But I did take the time to admire the view and the little Oude Werf juggle in the middle of town. That pool is calling my name for sunnier days!
Dinner at Oude Werf
I think Cape Townians tend to discount restaurants in hotels. I used to do that too before I discovered Dash and Camissa at the Queen Victoria and Table Bay Hotel. Both these restaurants proved that hotels hide hidden gems which are producing some amazing food that is both delicious and consistent, a great wine list and impeccable service. I am delighted to have found another one of those hotel style hidden gems. The Restaurant at Oude Werf is really fantastic and we were impressed with every course!
We started with the venison carpaccio, and beef biltong and oxtail soup. The Venison Carpaccio was an amazing dish and was served with parsnip puree, roasted beetroot and sherry vinaigrette. The beef biltong and oxtail soup was pure comfort food and was served with toasted homemade vetkoek to make it even more indulgent! The soup was actually really filling and could have been a main course on its own with a couple of slices of fresh bread. The venison carpaccio was the lighter starter and I loved the tender carpaccio paired the Parmesan and earthy beetroots.
For mains we tucked into the pomegranate roasted pork belly and the homemade gnocchi with spicy chorizo and prawns. I opted for the homemade gnocchi and was really impressed! There was an abundance of smokey chorizo and juicey prawns with wilted spinach and snoked tomato cream sauce. This dish was really rich, creamy and delicious and it really hit the spot on the cold wintery night by the restaurant’s fire place.
The pomegranate roasted pork belly was served with radish, walnut and red onion salad and a roasted garlic and lemon dressing. This was a beautifully presented dish of exotic flavours. The pomegranate pearls were sweet and worked well with the tender pork belly. I also couldn’t resist stealing some crispy crackling and a mouthful of the oily delicious salad leaves.
We had actually spent the Saturday afternoon working our way through a four course menu at Idiom and couldn’t find any space for dessert! We asked if it was at all possible to have our dessert brought up to our room a little later. They were more than happy to oblige! This is currently my favourite perk of dining at your hotel’s restaurant! Dessert in bed to finish off a busy day in the winelands is the perfect plan!
We enjoyed a slice of their famous baked cheesecake and their eggless chocolate mousse with salted caramel and Chantilly cream from the comfort of our amazing hotel bed! The eggless chocolate mousse was the strong winner of the two and the decadent chocolate mousse with salty caramel had me licking the dish clean!
Breakfast at Oude Werf
I love a good hotel breakfast and Oude Werf offers a full continental and English breakfast buffet. If you’re looking for something a little more interesting they also have an à la carte menu with treasures such as a variety of waffles, omelettes, french toast, eggs benedict and fresh smoothies.
On my first visit I tried the smoked salmon crumpet which was a little boring and needs some work. However, on the second visit I hit the jackpot with this beautiful waffle topped with oranges, berry compote and organic honey. When ordering the waffle I was a little worried a full sized waffle would arrive as after my feast from the buffet I might not be able to finish it! However this dainty waffle arrived and perfectly filled that sweet breakfast craving! I would highly recommend adding this waffle to your next breakfast order at Oude Werf!
We had a wonderful stay from start to finish and I look forward to spending more time with Oude Werf in the future both at their hotel and their fantastic restaurant!
- Location: 30 Church street, Stellenbosch
- Opening times of the restaurant: Monday til Saturday from 7am til 10:30 and 11am til 10pm and Sunday from 8am til 10:30 and 11am til 10pm.
- Contact details: 021 887 4608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: We enjoyed our stay and dinner as guests of Oude Werf. However, all images and opinions are my own.