SOMETHING DIFFERENT: PUTTINGTHE CHIC BACK INTO PICNICS
Um, no, that’s not it. Chicnics are the new picnics for foodies – it’s all about rolling green lawns, crisp linen and exceptionally good food.
If you’re a gourmand, you probably know about this new trend and even had the experience.
If you’re on the lookout for something different from the traditional red and white checked table cloth and rustic picnic basket, why not try one of these places that are putting the chic back into picnics.
MOUNT GRACE, MAGALIESBERG
The country estate and spa in the heart of the Magaliesberg Mountains have been doing chicnics since 2013, so they’ve had some time to improve upon the concept. From garden picnics to rainy day options, the menu can be adjusted to suit any occasion. Price: R250 per person Contact: +27 (0)14 577 5600; email
ALLÉE BLEUE, FRANSCHHOEK
Set in the magnificent Franschhoek winelands, this estate is all about fabulous summer living. Known for their fresh herbs and fine wines, Allée Bleue takes everything you know about picnicking and turns it upside-down. There’s no picnic blanket in sight – just tables, chairs and green grass as far as the eye can see. Price: R195 per person Contact: 021 874 1021
HARTFORD HOUSE, MOOI RIVER
or call Drink in the views at this historic hotel on the Midlands Meander.
“Our picnics incorporate our guests choosing from our wonderful counter display at the tea house and thus creating their own,” says head chef Constantijn Hahndiek.
Contact: 033 263 2713
LETHABO ESTATE, LANSERIA
Romance is in the air with Lethabo’s riverside picnics. The estate caters for families and corporate functions, but their main area of expertise are couples picnics. Their prices are a bit steep, but they offer a bespoke service.
Prices: Ranges from R500 to R3 300.
RAIN FARM GAME & LODGE, BALLITO
The private game reserve on the North Coast offers two picnic options which include a game drive or horseback trail.
Priced from R700 per couple, guests can look forward to an experience at the edge of the Umhlali River.
Serene Mount Grace setting.
Lethabo Estate in Lanseria.