It’s very hot lately and one thinks of things to do just to get out of the house and spend sometime with friends or loved ones. New people have also just moved to Cape Town and are looking forward to exploring this beautiful city. I visited the Van Ryn’s Distillery last year and also got to do a tour. This time the Van Ryn’s team invited me to try out their new menu which boasts locally made cured meats and cheeses.
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I took Alex with me and let me tell you we had an amazing afternoon discussing future posts and things to do in Cape Town and Zimbabwe while sipping on some fine brandy and enjoying a delectable lunch.
The new Charcuterie et Fromagerie offering showcases hams, salami, coppa and other meats made by small producers from the Boland and surrounds, as well as a variety of cow and goat’s milk cheeses. While items change regularly so visitors can sample new tastes all the time, they offer a choice of cheese platters, meat platters and combined meat and cheese platters, as well as Van Ryn’s Signature Sandwich featuring roast beef, handmade flatbreads with a variety of toppings, and salads made from the freshest ingredients, to enjoy with the award-winning range of brandies.
Brandy Tasting and Pairing
We got to try out some of the cocktails which was exactly what the body needed in a hot summer day. That was followed by a brandy tasting and pairing. We tasted the Van Ryn’s award winning 12 year old, the smooth on the palate 15 year old and the ultra smooth and velvety 20 year old.
After the pairing in the tasting lounge we moved and sat outside in the garden under the umbrellas. Our waiter recommended the meat platter and that the sandwiches on the menu are to die for but we opted for the salads. I had the Biltong and Pear Salad and Alex had the Smoked Chicken & Fior di Latte Mozzarella Salad. Both salads came in generous potions.
I have a weakness for anything with chocolate and therefore it should come as no surprise that I had a chocolate cake for dessert.
What we love is that the distillery is next to the train station, therefore, one can just hop on a train with a group of friends and go explore. It’s a great way to spend a day! Plus, the items on the menu don’t put too much dent on one’s wallet as their prices vary between R75 and R135 per offering.
The distillery’s summer opening hours are:
Mondays to Fridays: 09:00 – 18:00
Saturdays and public holidays: 09:00 – 16:00
Sundays: 11:00 -16:00 (no tours)
For more info:
Visit the site: http://www.vanryns.co.za/