I am a huge fan of The Hog House in Ndebeni and as such was delighted to find out about The Hoghouse in Spier. If you have been following my blog – you will know of my huge love of Stellenbosch. I was recently teased as being the unofficial Miss Stellenbosch – and to be honest, I’m thrilled!
The Hoghouse at Spier is in a beautiful old heritage building with little nooks and crannies around every corner. You could sneak in a quick lunch or a business meeting over coffee in one of their more private corners. We were seated outside to soak in the live music, warm spring evening and great festivities!
We started with a selection of their snacks to share and a few beer tasting boards. The Hoghouse brews their own beer so I always suggest trying their tasting of four and then deciding on your favourite beer for your second round. The beer tasting is a fun social way to get the whole table interacting.
My favourite of the snacks had to be the pig tails glazed in honey and mustard. I am obsessed with pig’s tails with their crispy crunchy sweetness. I know it sounds like an odd thing to order – but if you can wrap your head around it I would highly recommend giving it a try!
The wild mushroom arancinis are also delicious and vegetarian friendly. You can’t go wrong with the tortilla chips and guacamole as a pairing with their beer! And if you are feeling really brave give their chili poppers a go! These guys are fiery hot and wrapped in bacon! Don’t tell me you weren’t warned when your mouth is on FIRE!
And then dinner arrived! Goodness we worked our way through a lot of food! The best way to order at Hoghouse is to pick lots of dishes and sides across the menu and all tuck in and share. That way everyone gets to try all the dishes and not be faced with the woes of order envy. I greatly suffer from order envy and as such this style of eating suits me perfectly!
With many friends and family moving towards the vegetarian way of life, I have become hyper sensitive with regards to what is on offer for our veggie friends. Whilst Hoghouse specialises in smoked and slow cooked meats they offer some fantastic veggie options!
Fantastic veggie options include:
- whole baked cauliflower with goats cheese, almonds, capers and shitake
- charred butternut with maple syrup and pecan nuts
- fire roasted corn on the cob with ash butter
- Mac ‘n Cheese with leeks and gruyere
- fire roasted beets with Baba Ganoush and pine oil
Sounds amazing right? Throw in some mushroom arancini balls and you have an amazing dinner ahead of you!
The mac ‘n cheese is so delicious and is definitely a must order whether as a main dish or a side to accompany their slow cooked meats or fried chicken!
Believe it or not but Hoghouse also makes the most fantastic salad! I ate the majority of their house salad of fresh rocket, red onions, Parmesan and the most addictive hoisan-style dressing. I actually think I would visit again even if this salad was the only thing on the menu!
Moving on to the stars of the show my must order is their buttermilk fried chicken! You also cannot go wrong with the pulled pork or their brisket burnt ends! A surprising dish was their lightly battered fish served with a decadent tartar sauce which was really fantastic!
For dessert we enjoyed a beautiful platter of dainty little tartlets! I couldn’t resist the golden yellow, flaky pastry Pasteis de nata! These are Portugese egg custard tarts and something Hog House is very famous for! I have been told that they sell out before lunch at the Oranjezicht City Farm Saturday markets. And I am not surprised in the slightest!
Other pastries included a zesty lemon meringue tart and delicious chocolate tarts topped with salted caramel or chocolate ganache. You really can’t go wrong! And after our giant dinner feast, we were grateful for just a little sweetness to finish off the meal!
Things to look out for:
- This coming Saturday is the Hogtober fest which promises great live music, beer and the most decadent hot dogs ever! Find tickets here!
- Free Keg Fridays from 5-6pm! Check their instagram for details: TheHogHouse.
Opening times: Dinner from 18:00 to 21:00 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Breakfast and Lunch from Wednesday to Monday. Closed Tuesdays. From 09:00 -11:30 and 12:00 and 15:00.
- Location: Spier Wine Estate, R310, Lynedoch Road, Stellenbosch
- Contact details: +27 (21) 881 3174 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: We enjoyed our evening as guests of The Hog House at Spier. However, all images and opinions are my own. Images may not be used without my permission.