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Drive Out for Dinner with Cape Country Routes

In the mood for dinner-with-a-difference? Cape Country Routes’ (CCR), a leading group of owner-managed accommodation and activity establishments located along popular road travel routes, have the following hotspots to leisurely share a meal with family and friends:

Discover European Cuisine in Paarl

Cascade Country Manor: Once a royal homestead situated on 23 hectares of olive orchards and vineyards, Cascade Country Manor is an idyllic private retreat. The manor’s terrace with fireplace and dining room is where South African cuisine meets European flair. Take in the views over the orchards as the sun sets and before enjoying an intimate dinner over candlelight. For daytime visitors, the manor is adored by locals and travellers for its wholesome Sunday buffet brunches, a perfect day spent with the family, for reunions and a catchup between friends.

Karoo Cuisine Along Route62

Montagu Country Hotel: The art deco style CCR establishment is situated at the heart of the Langeberg mountain range (Western Cape) and the epicentre of the historic Montagu. Staying true to its Gatsby roots, the hotel transports guests to the 1930s, while adding a modern touch. Light lunches and a small selection of traditional dishes are available in the garden patio and sunroom, with favourites being Karoo lamb pie in winter and pear and blue cheese salad in the summer. Dinner is a more formal affair, accompanied by local pianist, Willian Tamani, whose classic tunes, inspiring talent and not-to-miss outfits pleasantly draw arriving guests from the hotel’s foyer.

Seafood Galore on the Whale Route

Agulhas Country Lodge: Situated on a cliff above the waves, the lodge offers a genuinely near-to-nature experience. The CCR establishment is shaped from natural limestone to blend into its rocky backdrop above the seas. Drawing travellers from afar, the lodge’s fine dining restaurant’s three-course dinner menu option, highlighted with local and seasonal produce and seafood, is one to reminisce long after your visit. With the owner, a retired air force helicopter pilot’s passion for air flight and shipwreck themes, diners can experience a subtle theatrical touch in the restaurant’s interior. Guests who booked for a stayover can conclude their evening with a nightcap in the lodge’s cigar lounge with the sounds of a crackling fire and breaking waves in the background.

Old School Table Manners in the Eastern Cape

Zuurberg Mountain Village: The village is surrounded by the 145 000-hectare greater Addo Elephant National Park. Game drive routes span five different biomes, with an abundance of scenic flora and fauna.  Zuurberg Mountain Village offers a five-course carvery or table d’hôte with guests travelling from Port Elizabeth, East London, surrounding towns and further to celebrate the legendary traditional Sunday carvery. After dinner, the restaurant manager delights guests with a nightcap option from his antique liqueur trolley, old school style.

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