By day three of the four day Easter weekend I was feeling somewhat fragile. Friends from Durban were in town for the Two Oceans Marathon and when friends are on ‘tour’ (especially these friends) a lot of decadent eating, drinking and late nights normally go with it!
So, when I woke up on Sunday morning after a few too many vodka and tonics at La Med and then a few nightcaps at Oblivion, the last thing I felt like was another long lunch. However, our motto for 2010 is never say no to an invitation so off we went to The Goatshed at Fairview Winery.
Located on a 300ha farm on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, Fairview is, in a nutshell, wonderful. Although a wine farm (and a very good one at that), Fairview is also home to the Goatshed Restaurant, and the Fairview Vineyard Cheesery where wine tasting is available. A large shop allows one to purchase from the range of 25 cheeses produced in the cheesery. Fairview is also known for its delicious range of artisan breads baked daily on the farm.
The restaurant was packed to capacity (it was Easter Sunday after all) but the service was slick and the food absolutely delicious. We had a table of ten and each meal was superb. Most of us opted for the chicken pie (slightly curried and very tasty) served with creamy mashed potato and a green salad. Just what my tired body needed! The fillet steak and ribs looked just as appetizing and the children loved the chocolate brownies and ice cream.
Fairview is a child friendly venue with the three goats a focal point. The setting is very pretty and the pond with its massive koi fish outside the tasting room definitely got my attention for a few minutes! The restaurant is open seven days a week from 9am until 5pm.
So, next time you run out of bread and cheese use it as a justifiable excuse to visit Fairview and stock up on tasty treats!
The Goatshed at Fairview, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Telephone: +27 (0)21 863-3609