Ar­ti­sanal treats at Hopewell Es­tate

The Herald (South Africa) - - NEWS - Gil­lian McAinsh mcain­[email protected]­soblack­

THE Hopewell Con­ser­va­tion Es­tate on the out­skirts of Port El­iz­a­beth of­fers a fresh spin on con­tem­po­rary coun­try liv­ing – and eat­ing.

Set in a 3 000ha ur­ban na­ture re­serve, just a few kilo­me­tres off the Old Cape Road near St Al­ban’s, Hopewell has a small but de­light­ful fam­ily restau­rant which won an ar­chi­tec­tural award for its strik­ing min­i­mal­ist lines.

The Man­tis Col­lec­tion was brought in ear­lier this year to man­age the hos­pi­tal­ity wing of Hopewell and they are do­ing a great job at the restau­rant, which can seat up to 30 peo­ple.

The at­trac­tion for city slick­ers is that it is built high on a hill with lots of big glass win­dows so you can sit back and en­joy the view while you dine.

The draw­card for ac­tive fam­i­lies is that there are sev­eral moun­tain bike trails and Hopewell has been build­ing a 15m long swim­ming pool which it hopes will be open be­fore Christ­mas.

This means you might, for ex­am­ple, bike – or hike – the 7km trail in the sum­mer sun and then take a dip in the pool be­fore re­lax­ing over a frosty drink and some­thing de­li­cious to eat.

At the moment Hopewell is of­fer­ing a trail combo deal where, for R60, you can ride or walk a trail and en­joy break­fast.

The food is good: sand­wiches, burg­ers, pasta and pizza dom­i­nate the menu but they are pre­sented with an ar­ti­sanal twist with many in­gre­di­ents like beef, veni­son, vegeta­bles and herbs sourced on the es­tate.

There are also a few in­ter­est­ing salads and a three­course Sun­day lunch is an­other at­trac­tion at R150 (R95 for chil­dren).

The kids’ menu in­cludes a break­fast waf­fle with straw­ber­ries and honey and a few piz­zas and burg­ers for lunch, and there is a very nice break­fast se­lec­tion.

Prices are fair with beers from R20, cooldrinks R15 and a var­ied new wine list pop­u­lated with sev­eral Merid­ian wines.

While vis­it­ing Hopewell Restau­rant you may also be lucky enough to spot wild game wan­der­ing past, in­clud­ing eland, kudu, red har­te­beest, Cape moun­tain ze­bra and spring­bok, and there are more than 130 res­i­dent bird species in the re­serve.

Hours: Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, 8am to 4pm. In­quiries: (041) 450-0381 or e-mail: restau­[email protected]­con­ser­va­

BURGER BLISS: Hopewell Restau­rant of­fers a range of burg­ers with chips and salad

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