Stanford rising

By Malu Lambert

The riverside village of Stanford in the Overberg has a growing number of foodie experiences; from craft beers and handmade cheese to farm-to-table restaurants.

Like a soufflé bubbling up in a hot oven, this small town is proving time and time again it’s got the culinary chops.

Cruise along with us through this enchanting corner of the Overberg as we show you what to sip and eat.

Graze Slow Food Café
Offering true farm-to-table cooking, owners Tabby and Alex are as charming as they are genuine. Their food is honest-to-goodness too. Plenty of produce from their farm is used and you’ll find them at the local market selling their wares every Wednesday morning. On the menu expect dishes such as wild goose ravioli, smoked snoek chowder, and some of the best breakfasts in town.
21 Queen Victoria Street 

Yum Eat Café
Good coffee, great cake, and service with a big smile; are some of the things I like about this place. They’re also pretty family-friendly (with a park out back), and the rest of the menu looks delicious too.
19 Queen Victoria Street

Havercroft
Havercroft’s is run by husband and wife team, Innes and Brydon Havercroft. It’s a cosy operation in a farmhouse just outside of the main town. Think hearty roasts, and rib-sticking starters. This is comfort food heaven. I wrote about it in The Thin Chef & His Rude Wife

Mariana’s
Two words: book ahead. Set in a beautiful house in the village with sprawling veg and herb gardens (from which Mariana Esterhuizen sources many of her ingredients), this cult favourite has earned its resounding popularity. Drink fine local wines while enjoying country-style dishes of the utmost finesse. Be sure to say hello to Peter, Mariana’s husband who runs front-of-house.
12 Du Toit Street

Klein River Cheese
Did someone say cheese? Klein River makes a number of handcrafted cheeses, some of which are decorated with awards. Take these winners down to the the banks of the river for a picnic. Plus, the kids will not only love the playground, but petting the farm animals too.
R326, Stanford

Birkenhead
For as long as I’ve been going to Hermanus, I’ve been drinking Birkenhead’s Honey Blonde. Pop in for a tasting of their craft beers and check out their brewery. You could also stay for lunch at their restaurant and pub. 
R326

Springfontein
Choose your experience at this relatively new wine estate. Book in at the fine dining set courses restaurant. Or do as we did, and tuck into a simple German menu in the tasting room, while trying the estate’s wine. 
Moore Road

Sir Robert Stanford
There are a couple of things you’ll enjoy doing while exploring this vision of an estate. Start off with a wine tasting, then head to the micro-distillery for spirits made from the farm’s fruit harvests. Finish off the visit with a meal at Madré’s Kitchen for home-cooked happiness while soaking in the view of the dam. (Oh, yes. And don’t forget to have a go on the trampoline).
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