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, and Paarl Winelands.
Here are my favourite child-friendly pizza restaurants at wine estates in the Helderberg Winelands:
PART 2: HELDERBERG WINELANDS (Somerset West)
Stables @ Vergelegen Wine Estate
Stables @ Vergelegen Bistro is a lovely, relaxed bistro for a meal with the family. They serve a small selection of delicious gourmet pizzas. On the menu they offer a selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers and steaks and on the kids menu they have all the usual favourites including pizza.
This modern restaurant is located on one of my favourite wine estates to visit. They have tables located inside and outside with floor to ceiling glass windows to enjoy the picturesque view from all tables. If you are visiting with the kids request a table outside when booking. They have good quality high chairs available too, which you can request when booking.
They have an amazing play area for the little ones positioned a little distance away from the restaurant. It can be seen from the outside tables but not close enough to watch young ones. There is lawn space in front of the restaurants outside tables for the little ones to play while you are eating.
The kids play area is one of the best I’ve seen. They have definitely taken pride in constructing this for our little people and it has all been specially handcrafted. It really is lovely with beautiful mountains in the background the play area almost feels tranquil, if that is possible with kids 🙂 There is a wooden jungle gym, swings and a specially handcrafted wooden tractor and animals for them to play on. Honestly they have done a great job and my kids love playing here.
Vergelegen Wine Estate is a world-class estate with exquisite gardens, historical Homestead and Library, ancient Camphor trees over 300 years old, spectacular views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, incredible kids play area, world class restaurants and award winning wines all contributing to the unique experience at this estate. After the kids are done playing enjoy a walk through the beautiful landscaped gardens on the Estate.
Open daily from 9:30am – 5pm, kitchen closes at 3:30pm. Lunch is served from 11:30am – 3:30pm.
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 2156
Millhouse Kitchen at Lourensford Wine Estate
The Millhouse Kitchen is located on the picturesque Lourensford Estate situated at the foot of the majestic Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountains. It is a charming, relaxed restaurant for a family meal.
They serve a selection of very creative, gourmet wood-fired pizza’s like Slow Roasted Lamb, aubergine with mint youghurt, and Biltong, brie and preserved figs. The pizza’s are delicious. Also on the menu is a selection of pasta, risotto, meat, veal and fish dishes. They have a great kids menu with toasties, pizza, pasta, lamb burgers, pork bangers and crumbed chicken dishes. The menu is inspired by French and Italian rustic dishes. No gluten free pizzas.
There is a lovely, large garden for the little ones to play in and run wild with three natural wood jungle gyms. It is a great place to relax with your hubby or wife and let the little ones play and explore.
The restaurant is quite big with seating inside and outside on both sides. On one side there is a deck and on the other side is the garden with the kids plays area so ensure when booking to request a table near the kids play area. I love this restaurant. It is great to find a restaurant where you can relax with kids while having a meal and there is somewhere for them to play. This is a beautiful, historic farm definitely worth visiting.
Lunch is served Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm – 3pm
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 0030
Cucina Di Giovanni at Eikendal Wine Estate
The welcoming Cucina Di Giovanni at Eikendal Estate is the perfect venue for a relaxed, family friendly lunch with the kids in the Winelands and serves tasty Italian food and pizza. Set in the garden in front of the tasting room tables are spaciously scattered leaving plenty of room for the kids to run around. It is perfect for families with or without kids as there is so much space the lawn is not overly populated with tables so you don’t feel crowded and even though there are lots of kids it doesn’t feel crazy.
There is plenty to keep the little ones entertained including a wooden jungle gym with slide, monkey bars, fireman pole and swings as well as trees for climbing and open lawn space for the kids to play cricket, so bring a set along. The dam in front is low which created a great place for the kids to get muddy but kept them well entertained and they had a great time playing in there. Hopefully after winter it will be full again (and look like the featured image at the top!)
Cucina Di Giovanni is a great family restaurant and would make an ideal location for celebrations with large groups and young children as there is plenty of space and the environment is perfect for kids.
R44 (between Stellenbosch and Somerset West) | Tel: 021 855 1422 | www.eikendal.com