If you love delicious pizza and good wine, like I do, then this blog is for you. I set about discovering all the great child friendly wine estates that offer this in our beautiful Winelands. It was hard work as you can imagine…
I have divided this blog up into a thee part series by wine regions:
Stellenbosch Winelands, Helderberg Winelands (Somerset West) and Paarl Winelands.
Here are my favourite child-friendly pizza restaurants at wine estates in the Stellenbosch Winelands:
PART 1: STELLENBOSCH WINELANDS
Set in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands Mulderbosch Vineyards is a wonderful child friendly wine estate to visit for wine tasting and heavenly pizza and the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon with family or friends.
This modern estate has comfortable seating outside in a booth-style creating a very social feel and the perfect setting to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with scenic views of the Stellenbosch Hills. This is an ideal location for celebrations with a large groups too.
The thin-based wood-fired pizzas are heavenly delicious and they gluten free available too. The menu consists of seven gourmet pizza’s with interesting combinations like Biltong, sweet peppadew and avocado and Prosciutto, percorino, rocket and balsamic glaze. The Pizza’s come in one size and are all one price for adults, which keeps it simple if you are in a large group, and they have a kiddies size pizza too. On the menu they also have a burger and charcuterie and cheese board with fresh bread and Mulderbosch olive oil.
There is a wooden kids jungle gym with a slide and swings, suitable for older children or supervised little ones as it is a little distance away from the outside tables. There are also two areas for adults or kids to play a game of Boules – the French game where you roll heavy metal balls as close as possible to a target (similar to lawn bowls except you are on dirt and not lawn).
The spacious Tasting Room is beautifully designed with comfortable chairs and couches and a cosy fireplace for winter. They offer a wine and pizza pairing which needs to be pre-booked. Their wines are outstanding and have received numerous awards.
The Tasting Room is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm
Pizza is served from 12pm – 4pm
Reservations for lunch are essential
Polkadraai Road (M12) | Tel: 021 – 881 8149
Café Blanc de Noir at Brenaissance Wine and Stud Estate
Hidden behind plum orchards set on a wooden deck and overlooking the vineyards you will find this relaxed cafe serving tasty pizzas with a casual ambiance. It is the perfect location to spend a lazy afternoon of pizza and wine.
The menu is all about delicious thin-based, wood-fired pizzas and they have kids size pizzas too. There are only four pizzas in total on the menu and they have three salads. No gluten free pizzas. If you have a sweet tooth they have some delectable, freshly baked treats too.
They serve a Full House Pizza which is a combination of all four pizzas on the menu. You can choose to have this as a pizza and wine pairing experience complimented with four Brenaissance wines, including one white (Chardonnay) and three red (Merlot, Shiraz and Bordeaux Blend) wines. This is a decadent experience. On Friday nights the wine and pizza pairing is on special for R120 and there is live music.
There is space in front of the restaurant for kids to play and a children’s jungle gym, a little distance away, suitable for competent climbers.
The restaurant is popular with a great atmosphere. Bookings recommended.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 10pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm
Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 200 2537
Carnival at Weltevreden Estate
Carnival at Weltevreden Estate is a wonderful discovery for families with a focus on children’s entertainment. This space is all about them and the play area is kiddie heaven.
The menu is basic serving wood-fired pizzas and burgers and you can order from the Lekke Neh Restaurant, which is situated next to the Carnival area. No gluten free pizza available.
Kids can make their own pizzas at a specially designed area with a platform for them at the pizza oven. I think this is a fantastic idea and the little ones love it and is hugely popular.
There are two enormous plastic jungle gyms with slides, a secure trampoline and a sandpit with a little house to play in. They also have a track around the jungle gyms for scooters. The kids will be entertained and amused for hours.
Carnival is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am – 5pm
Welgevonden Boulevard, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 889 6588
The exquisite child friendly Mont Marie restaurant was an absolute gem to discover and definitely worth a visit. It’s rare to find such a stylish child friendly restaurant set in the picturesque Blaauwklippen valley in Stellenbosch surrounded by vineyards and mountains.
The food it gourmet, well presented and delicious. On the lunch menu they have a selection of pizzas, steak, pork belly and fish and chips. The kids menu is basic with a choice of pizza, chicken or fish. No gluten free pizza available. The service is exceptional and the waiters friendly, welcoming and engaging with the kids.
The restaurant overlooks a dam and hosts an amazing enclosed kids play area. The play area is beautifully set up with wooden swings, slides, jungle gym and sandpit with sand toys. This is not your usual play area with great attention to detail and even a custom built secure wooden swing for babies. You can feel the extra care and thought that has been put in in the design of the play area to blend in with the surrounding area and its nice to know they care about families and our little people. There are dining tables inside the play area as well so you can keep an eye on your little ones and adorable wooden kiddies tables. They have good quality high chairs. Remember when booking to request a table in the play area, if you have the kids.
I often find child friendly restaurants will disappoint in one area or another but not Mont Marie. It excelled above and beyond in all areas. I’m sure you will love this venue.
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Open for Breakfast and Lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 8:30am – 3pm
Open for Dinner Thursday to Saturday 6:30pm – 9pm
I would highly recommend booking
Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 880 0777
This charming child friendly Deli is located on the beautiful Tokara Wine Estate, just outside of Stellenbosch, with scenic views of the Simonsberg Mountains, olive groves and vineyards make this a beautiful setting for a casual breakfast with the family.
They serve delicious thin based, wood-fired, gourmet pizzas with mouthwatering combinations like Lemon and Chili Prawn, and Parma Ham. The menu has an appetizing selection of dishes to choose from including a selection of cheese and charcuterie platters, salads, deli burger, beef sirloin and fish and vegetarian choices there is sure to be something to suit all palates. The kids menu is amazing and does not include the usual options but rather healthier versions like Roasted Chicken Breast, Banhoek Burger, Pasta and Sesame Crusted Fish Goujons.
On Friday and Saturday evenings they have a pizza, burger and beer nights from 6pm – 9pm. Friday’s are throughout the year and Saturday’s are from the end of September to end of March.
The deli has a spacious feel to it with high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass walls with views of the surrounding valley and vineyards. Tables are located inside and outside on the deck all with a view.
The deli is ideal for kids of all ages. For the younger little ones they have baskets full of toys for them to play with inside the restaurant or on the deck next to you at the outside tables. For the older kids they have a natural wood jungle gym, sandpit and space for them to play on the lawn in front of the restaurant, in view of the tables. There is also a giant birds nest for the good climbers mounted in a tree.
Lunch is served Tuesday to Sunday from 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Platters are served all day (they close at 5pm)
Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm – 9pm they have a pizza, burger and beer nights (Saturday’s from end of September to end of March only)
Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 808 5950