Discovering The Stone Kitchen at Dunstone Estate

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I absolutely loved discovering The Stone Kitchen. There is a charming country feel to this fantastic child friendly restaurant suitable for all ages. My family and I had a wonderful, relaxed lunch at this scenic restaurant, probably the most relaxed meal I have had with my busy one year old. It was so great to be able to watch him the whole time from the table and everything felt safe for my little adventurer.

The tables are set in picturesque garden surrounded by scenic mountains with blankets and pillows scattered on the lawn which I think is a great idea for those who would like to relax on the lawn or for families with babies. I haven’t seen this before and wish I had known about this place when my kids where babies. There are also kiddie tables, a smaller version of the adult tables, which I thought was a nice touch and something unique and there are plenty of trees for shade.

 

The garden is completely safe for the little ones to roam with a wooden jungle gym set in a large sandpit with plenty of sand toys to play with, a swing set and another play area, in sand, with different toys for them to play with and climb on as well as a trampoline. If my one year old can play without me being right by his side I’m happy to say it’s a safe play area. Both my boys had a great time and my four year old discovered the ducks and pigs and picked some guava’s from the many guava trees surrounding the restaurant to feed to the pigs much to their delight and where gobbled up much to his. He kept himself very busy running back and forth between the guava trees and pigs 

The menu is simple, homemade and delicious. It is well priced and the salads we ordered and Sauvignon Blanc was perfect for the sunny autumn day. They serve a selection of burgers, salads, light meals and they have a kids menu. They also serve breakfast. The staff where very friendly and the service efficient.

This was a wonderful discovery and a great child friendly restaurant, I can highly recommend a day outing to The Stone Kitchen. Our kids had so much fun and didn’t want to leave. I love it when I can find places where the whole family have a great time.

 

We went in Autumn and the weather was absolutely perfect which I think is a great time of year to visit. I would check the weather in Wellington before visiting in summer as it can get very hot especially if you have a baby as I know how they tend to overheat quickly.

To add to the magic of our day I overheard the table next to us discussing their plans to head next door for a wine tasting so I enquired where they were heading, and I’m very glad I did. I discovered they were heading to Klein Optenhorst to taste their pink bubbles and the estate is only open two weekends a year, once in autumn and once in spring. How lucky where we. After lunch we headed over for a quick tasting and to my delight I arrived in photographers heaven. It was so beautiful and picturesque I couldn’t stop taking photo’s and my little ones where having a ball running around the beautiful gardens chasing a very energetic Jack Russel. The pink bubbles was outstanding. A perfect end to a magical day.

Directions:
Drive into Wellington and down Church Street till you are heading out of town, keep driving another few minutes past Bovlei Cellar on your right and turn left into Hill Street. Then next right into Bovlei Road. Continue to the T-intersection and turn right. Continue with this road, which becomes gravel, and a little further down the road you will see Dunstone Estate. Take the second turn for the winery where you can park for the Restaurant.

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