THE CHIC FOODIE CHAM­PION

Boschendal, Si­mondium

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This pro­gres­sive es­tate keeps on evolv­ing, and the buzz right now cen­tres on its Werf area and Werf Restau­rant, which has been re­fur­bished by in­te­rior de­signer Sarena van Schalk­wyk to in­clude a cock­tail bar and lounge, as well as spruced-up and less-clut­tered in­te­ri­ors all round.

With its brass and mar­ble-topped bar and fringed ot­tomans and lounge chairs in rich shades of gold and blue, it has the invit­ing look and feel of a con­tem­po­rary club dom­i­nated by an ex­quis­ite 14m-long but­ton-down ban­quette in plush gold vel­vet that runs the length of the restau­rant. Whim­si­cal touches such as the Delft plate in­stal­la­tions on the walls by Okasie (also re­spon­si­ble for craft­ing the out­sized flo­ral ar­range­ments at the en­trance) and thought­fully cho­sen an­tique pieces from the farm pay homage to Boschendal’s her­itage with mod­ern flair.

The in­te­ri­ors of the ad­join­ing con­ser­va­tory were sim­i­larly sim­pli­fied, with a fo­cus on bring­ing the outdoors in – and in­deed, the view to­wards the or­ganic Werf Food Gar­den and moun­tain back­drop is spec­tac­u­lar. Din­ers can watch the kitchen staff wan­der­ing about with baskets col­lect­ing herbs that will likely end up on their plate, which is just one of the ways Boschendal’s farm-to-ta­ble phi­los­o­phy plays out. Chef Chris­ti­aan Camp­bell’s menu is ac­cord­ingly pared-back to suit the re­boot, but sum­mer din­ing prom­ises el­e­ments of the­atri­cal sur­prise, too.

An­other new el­e­ment is the Fri­day Night Market, which brings the Werf area to life with ven­dors sell­ing pro­duce while a live band gets ev­ery­one on their feet danc­ing around the bon­fires. Make a week­end of it and stay in one of the re­stored farm cot­tages for an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence, rounded off with jazz and a pic­nic fea­tur­ing Boschendal Es­tate Brut MCC on Sun­day. boschendal.com

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