The River Café at Vergelegen The River Café is the latest destination pop-up restaurant at Vergelegen Wine Estate, offering a stunning setting and fresh, local ingredients.

The River Café is housed in a beautifully decorated glass marquee located on the banks of the ancient Lourens River, which flows through part of the estate. The menu is inspired by this riverside setting, the kitchen garden, and the estate itself, says executive Chef Michael Cooke.

“Our aim has been to create a relaxed lunch experience near the water’s edge, with the flow of the picturesque river beside you creating the natural music and ambience. The feedback has been terrific, it’s definitely giving guests something truly special – the restaurant setting, plus the food offering that complements the breathtaking scenery.”

The compact, unfussy menu concentrates on maximum flavour and quality. Key dishes are fish and seafood such as whole roasted trout, Saldanha Bay oysters, prawn cocktail, smoked Franschhoek trout and West Coast mussels.

The River Café at Vergelegen

Inside and outside

Rib-eye steak caters for carnivores, while vegetarians can enjoy a caprese salad of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, or gem squash ravioli with parmesan cream, leeks and sage. Rosemary fries are available on the side, while dessert options are strawberry meringue or citrus tart with a gingerbread crumb.

Vergelegen’s recently launched, limited edition rosé wine – the first rosé from the 321-year-old estate – has been a popular choice on the wine list, says sommelier Christo Deyzel. A lovely rose-gold colour, with a long, dewy aftertaste, the wine is named ‘Florence’ after Florence, Lady Phillips, owner of the estate with her husband Sir Lionel Phillips from 1917-1941.

The River Café can accommodate 30 guests in the marquee and 40-50 guests on the veranda and deck, weather permitting.

What: The River Café

Where: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West, 12 noon to 5pm

Bookings: Email, phone 021 847 2111