Eating & Drinking at Whalesong Lodge
We endeavour to source ingredients, wines and spirits locally with an emphasis on sustainability.
Our breakfast includes fresh seasonal fruit & thick creamy handmade yoghurt, dried fruit poached in spiced rooibos, homemade granola.
Platters filled with cheese from the Stanford area, cold meats & pâtés.
Whalesong’s finest jams, marmalades & preserves are served with home baked rolls & croissants. Tasty Overberg honey on a warm slice of toast. Happy chicken eggs from a little farm up the road & prepared to your liking.
Enjoy a pot of tea from our large selection (give our healthy local rooibos tea a go), or try our own specially roasted blend of coffee.
For the nights, you do not feel like going out we offer our “mix & match” platters. Choose from a selection of:
- Handpicked cheeses
- Artisanal cold meats
- Olives & preserves
- Fresh vegetables; and
We endeavour to source ingredients locally with emphases on sustainability, organic salads & vegetables and freshly baked bread.
We also offer restaurant booking, see below for our current restaurant recommendations in De Kelders, Gansbaai and beyond.
LOCAL WINES, BEERS & SPIRITS
Our wine list features our favourite wines predominantly from the Overberg area, from Elgin to Elim, including wines from Creation, HPF and Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Stanford Hills and Raka from Stanford, and Black Oystercatcher from Elim.
Our house wine is “B’Bos Wine” from our family vineyard.
We have local speciality grappa, brandy, gin and whisky. New and interesting bottles keep finding us!
We also have craft beer and cider.
Eating & Drinking Out & About
Whalesong Lodge guesthouse is located close to several premier wine regions, including the Hemel en Aarde Valley. This appellation has already established itself as one of the premier viticulture sites in the Cape, traditionally specializing in Pinot noir and Chardonnay. In South African terms it is seen as one of the coolest vineyard sites, with the ability to create wines of finesse, balance and complexity and is unique as the only appellation in the Cape where every vineyard has a view of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
It is advisable to book ahead for many restaurants, we would be delighted to make reservations on your behalf.
Within walking distance from Whalesong:
- Kloeks@home- an intimate little house restaurant, blackboard menu Enjoy the fireplace on cold winter nights. Bring your favourite wine along to complete the experience.
- Our neighbour, Gayle, runs Coffee on the Rocks, a coffee shop which is open from Wed-Sun, 10h00 -17h00, perfect for lunch, if you don’t feel like driving.
A short drive into Gansbaai (3km)
- Rosemary- is like going back in time! An experience not just about food but eras now almost forgotten.
- Blue Goose: housed in one of the original Stone Fisherman’s Cottage, Seafood & steak
A longer drive into Stanford (15 minutes)
- Graze (Dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch Saturday)
- Coffee Corner
If you would like to visit Hermanus there are a huge number of restaurants available. Ask us for our current recommendations.
We have put together a list of our favourite Wine Estates that you are able to visit. (Open Mon to Fri, Sat half day), you will also find some of their wines on our wine list.
Hemel en Aarde Valley
- Bouchard Finlayson;
- Newton Johnson; and
- our favourite, Creation, who do a great food and wine pairing, and they are open on Sundays
- Raka Wines is nestled in the Kleinrivier Valley 17km out of Stanford on the R326. Taste my favourite, the award winning Biography Shiraz.
- Stanford Hills is home to our Pinotage and source of one of our Grappas. Great informal place to have a wine tasting and a bite to eat.
On your way to the southern tip of Africa is the newest wine region of South Africa. Located next to Elim, you will find Zoetendal and Black Oystercatcher, on the road to Wolwengat you will find the southernmost cellar in Africa: Standveld Wines
- Fresh food market @Graze in Stanford 09:00 – 11:00: local, organic fresh produce.
- Stanford Saturday Morning Market from 09:00 – 11:00 on the verandah of the Stanford Hotel – find locally grown fresh produce and locally made breads, pastries, pies, quiches and more.
- Hermanus Country Market from 09:00 – 13:00: a great morning out with plenty of food stalls as well as locally made handicrafts.
- Hermanuspietersfontein Market from 09:00 – 13:00: another great option for Saturday mornings, the focus is on food and the wines of the host winery.
- Gansbaai Farmer’s Market 09:00 – 14:00: offering farm fresh produce, oven fresh based bread & pastries, fish from the grill, indigenous plants, craft beer and local wines.
Last Friday of the month (September to May)
- Stanford Sunset Market from 18:00 – 20:00 on the Market Square: live music, local wines and beers, artisanal food and gift stalls.