Do you morph into sloth mode during winter? Are you spending too much time underneath a blanket in front of the telly rarely taking off those comfy yet embarrassing pair of fluffy slippers? If you find yourself feverishly nodding your head in agreement, we just might have a solution to get you out and about again. The Constantia Valley has some fabulous restaurants to lure you out of hibernation and let’s be honest who doesn’t enjoy a nice hot meal in front of a roaring fireplace?
Decked out with a double sided fireplace and serving up a menu of traditional Cape Malay classics as well as some contemporary favourites Jonkershuis Restaurant offers diners the perfect homely feel. Open on a winters day or weekend night. Tel 021- 794-6255
2. Peddlars and Co.
A brand new fireplace takes pride of place at the Local at Peddlars and Co. Oozing with a vibrant, sociable ambience and serving up superb comfort food such as buffalo wings, nachos or pork ribs with sticky BBQ basting and hand cut fries. What more do you need to shake off the winter blues apart from a glass of real beer of course! Tel 021-794 7747
3. La Colombe
If you are in the mood for fine dining, then La Colombe has got you covered. Boasting three fireplaces to keep you toasty warm this restaurant offers the perfect excuse to gather up some friends and settle in for a taste extravaganza at lunch or dinner time. Chef Scott Kirton has put together a fabulous winter lunch time special which runs Mondays to Thursdays until the 31st August. Bookings are essential. Tel 021- 795 0125
Décor, Décor, Décor and fireplaces galore is what this fantastic restaurant offers. Each of the five separate rooms is decadently designed for privacy and exclusivity serving a cosmopolitan menu with a twist. We recommend that you give the asparagus risotto a try and for dessert you cannot go wrong with the chocolate tart with salted caramel, hazelnuts and ricotta. Tel 021-795 6300
With Panoramic views of the Groot Constantia Vineyards and a blazing fire to draw you in, lunch or dinner at Simons restaurant is a great place to escape the winter blues. Simons is currently offering a 5-course winter menu that remains true to their food philosophy of using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. It is a menu that suits all palates and encourages a relaxing dining experience. Tel 021–794 1143
On top of the world overlooking the entire Constantia Valley, Green Vine Eatery at Silvermist is fast becoming a favourite of the Constantia locals. Cosy and welcoming sofas positioned around the flickering fireplace beckon one to engage in pleasant conversation while sipping on the organic wines produced by the estate. Sunday Roasts are a firm favourite so please be sure to book ahead. A stunning destination for couples or larger groups, a visit to Green Vine Eatery this winter is a must. Tel 021-794 7601
The combination of rustic charm, friendly, attentive service and glowing fire bring warmth to even the coldest of days at this new restaurant on the Constantia Uitsig Wine Farm. Located in what used to be the old school house, the Art Deco-inspired bar is an inviting place to start proceedings before moving over to the sophisticated dining room to feast on the modern contemporary items on the menu. If your sweet tooth dominates in winter as mine does, you must try the dark chocolate torte with grapefruit, dark chocolate cremeux and meringues. Tel: 021- 794 3010
8. Hussar Grill
One has to be forgiven for thinking that you have stepped into a Charles Dickens novel when you enter the Hussar Grill in Constantia. Mahogany wood panelling, leather upholstery and a crackling fireplace persuade one’s taste buds into demanding a perfectly aged steak accompanied by a full-bodied glass of red wine before retiring to the bar with a good cognac! Tel: 021-702 4094
Situated in the leafy surrounds of the High Constantia Shopping Centre Greens offers a relaxed ambience around a central fireplace. Famous for its wood-fired pizzas Greens is a favourite restaurant for many families living in the area. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tel: 021-794 7843
10. The Bay
Every suburb needs a favourite sports bar and for Constantia, it is The Bay at False Bay Rugby Club. The old clubhouse has been renovated to bring patrons the best of live rugby in a family friendly restaurant that is open to members as well as the general public. Warm the cockles with an array of carefully selected wine, beer, spirits and cider and enjoy a wide variety of food from the various menus. On Sunday bring the family for a Sunday buffet in the restaurant that boasts a new fireplace to keep you nice and warm. Tel: 021-794 0652