Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lunch at Groote Post, near Darling

A drift of spring daisies just inside the farm entrance
Golden and yellow heads on the hillside just before the winery
The wine cellar with two painters balancing on the roof – sprucing up for Spring
Enjoying the great wines In the tasting room
The front view of the manor house restaurant c 1704
The side entrance and gable
A superb collection of old kitchen equipment
The manageress asking us where we would like to sit.
The inside dining room
The walled terrace outside with the pergola, which will soon be covered in vine leaves
A beautiful sash window
The menu, which changes every day
Lynne’s roasted camembert and tomato tart with melt in the mouth pastry R58
Her second light starter of really excellent lean Springbok Carpaccio, with salad leaves, avocado and slices of good pretzel bread. This carpaccio is obtainable from the Darling butcher and is more like a good bresaola than a raw Carpaccio. Its flavour is very concentrated and the texture superb. All this needed was a light sprinkling of balsamic and olive oil. R58
The wines available on the farm, with cellar door prices at the table
John’s lunch, Mascarpone chicken with bean and bacon casserole R120
They have a really good collection of cycads on the farm
Photographs © John Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

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