Le Fournil

Best coffee shops in Plettenberg Bay
Homemade stock is a healthy and cost effective way to make sure all your dishes are packed full of flavour. Make it in bulk & freeze for future use! @lefournildeplett makes all of our soups and stock from scratch using seasonal produce for our daily soup specials. Today’s soup was lentil and lemon soup, best served with a slice of our bread next to the fireplace

PE’s Friendly Stranger

PE is not a pretty city. And Valley Rd is one of the last places you would expect to find a friendly stranger. But find one you will, on Upper Valley Road in a stone  building that used to be the harbour master’s house.

Coffee shops in PE

There is a downstairs lounge with very low ceiling that is different, a retreat from the chic coffee shop upstairs.

Breakfast in Port Elizabeth

The menu includes salads, burgers, flatbreads, nachos, pies and steaks. Next door there is a micro brewery and coffee roastery, making this another food focused destination

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1 Bridge St, South End, Brickmakers Kloof, Port Elizabeth, 072 650-1487.

Garden Route Awards

THE CXPRESS Garden Route Culinary Awards took place at beautiful Kurland Estate in The Crags on Monday afternoon, with the who’s who of the ‘hood’s food aficionados in attendance to either receive or hand over prizes.
At the steer of proceedings were Francois Ferreira, head honcho of the South African Chaîne de Rôtisseurs, and Anne Hadley, local foodie supreme and better half of the late Ian Hadley, who started the awards shortly after the turn of the century to acknowledge local service and cooking excellence.
Kurland chef Leon Coetzee and his crew laid on canapés* to die for after the official handover of Top 20 and Legends (those eateries consistently making the Top 20 for three years-plus) certificates, Best Of Plaques and the ultimate prizes of Best Server, Best Wine Steward, Best Young Chef, Best Chef and Special Achiever of 2014 trophies.
Representatives of Plett’s budding wine route ensured that no parched throat went unnoticed and the Kurland team attended to guests’ every other need, showing why they were worthy recipients of this year’s Best Service award.
Our thanks, on behalf of CXPRESS as media partner of the awards for the past 12 years, go to Hartman’s & Sons for supporting this year’s awards, and to Sharyn of ShowMe Plett for making everyone grin into her lens.
News of the awards’ new guise will follow early in the New Year, but suffice to say that reader participation and voting will be phased in, along with social media interaction – watch this space!

LEGENDS

Serendipity, The Girls, Pembreys, Travel Bugs, La Locanda, Ile de Pain, Transkaroo, The Bell, Roadside Deli, Kafe Serefe

TOP 20

Flava, Pomodoro, La Rosa Blu, East Head Café, Enrico’s, Lemon Grass, 34 Degrees South, Caloroso, Salina’s, Café Gannet, The Rose, Bramon, Lauren’s Deli Eatery, The Fat Fish, The Olive Tree, The Old Town House, The Grand Café & Rooms, Route 57, The Table, Zinzi

BEST OF PLAQUES

Best Family Restaurant: Zucchini (Timberlake Village between Wilderness & Sedgefield)
Best Coffee Emporium: Baruch’s (Mossel Bay)
Best Hotel Restaurant: La Cantina, Fancourt (George)
Best Service: Kurland (Plettenberg Bay – The Crags)
Best Resort Dining: The Orchid Room (Simola – Knysna)
Best Deli Style Dining: Clare’s Cakes & Deli (Plettenberg Bay)
Best Café Style Dining: The Bayleaf Café (George)
Best Casual Style Dining: The Veg Table (Knysna – Rheenendal)
Best New Kids on the Block: The Bench & Calandra (shared – both in George)

Server of the Year: Blessing Nkosa (Caloroso)

Wine Steward of the Year: Kervin Lichtenberg (Zinzi)

Young Chef of the Year: Michael Ashley (The Girls)

Chef of the Year: Delia Clarke (Simola)

Achiever of the Year: Lizelle Stolze (Serendipity)

Tea rooms Chichester

I make a point of trying to avoid the hustle and bustle that comes with takeaway coffees and people in a rush.

Tearooms in Chichester

Which is reason enough to pick up a newspaper and settle down at the Eternal Baker

Coffee shops in Chichester

A retreat that that is a bit different. Busy in a different sense of the word.

Craft shops in Chichester

Pubs in the UK

One of the first pubs I was introduced to after arriving in the UK was the Black Boy in Winchester.

Traditional English Pubs Winchester Hampshire

The sort of Old English pubs where they care more about the quality of their Ale rather than the casual vistor asking for the wine list.

Old English pubs Winchester Hampshire

The food is not bad. But it is not great either. It is generally busy. Particularly on Sundays and sometimes it shows.

Roast beef in Winchester Hampshire

But it is not the food you are after. Its the bric-a-brac, the pub memorabilia, the Old English tavern type atmoshphere that makes the Black Boy special.

Traditional pubs in the south of England

The narrow passages, the books, the tradition and the beer of course.

Chicken Peri-Peri

Only to be followed by the most deliriously delicious Peri Peri chicken that I had at Rock ‘n Roosters next to Super Spar West-End Mall. My taste buds were dancing on my tongue screaming for more. The only comment I can make is this. You don’t need to do a take out from Rock’ n Roosters you damn well deserve it. The best I have ever tasted. Move over Nando’s. This is the real thing.

I haven’t tried the livers but I suspect Cruise Cafe has just lost a customer. For the authentic taste of peri-peri flame grilled chicken it has to be Rock ‘n Rooster.

The Med Bistro

The Med is Plettenberg Bay’s longest-established restaurant offering wrap-around views from both the restaurant and sunny terrace. From sunrise the room is drenched in sunlight, and the large sliding glass doors invite inside-outside living, with an all-round view of blue bay, mountains & verdant green hills. Contemporary, light and fuss-free during day time, the uniquely finished wood panelling softens into warmth and intimacy at night. The Med has always been and is still about good food and good times,

Best seafood restaurants the Garden Route

The Med Bistro’s most popular Winter special ! Gurnard, wild prawns, mussels in garlic cream, baby calamari tubes, butter sauce, rice or chips