• Looking for a cosy place to escape to this winter? With the President Hotel’s Island restaurant’s new winter menu of hearty dishes, you’ll feel welcomed the moment you step foot in the door.

    Nestled between the iconic Lion’s Head and Table Mountain with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel will give you that comfy feeling uplifting you to get through the cold months ahead. Next time you’re near the beautiful Bantry Bay area, be sure to try their menu with its selection of greens, braised and roasted meats, with a skilfully paired wine for each main dish. No matter what you’re craving, there is something for everyone to enjoy until Spring arrives.

    The restaurant’s menu highlights some of the hotel’s Executive Chef Paterson’s, most comforting creations, paired with some of the best cuisine and wine South Africa has to offer. You can choose from starters including honey and cinnamon roasted butternut soup topped with gnocchi and sage cream, mains featuring braised shoulder of lamb with soft polenta, red wine jus and homemade tomato chutney paired with the Stellenbosch Blaauwklippen Zinfandel, or a seafood ragout with Neapolitan sauce, olives, and chorizo paired with the Hemel-en Aarde Newton Johnson Felicité Pinot Noir, and much more. For those avid sweet tooths there is a selection of delectable desserts, you can enjoy.

    If you’re looking for a lunchtime snack, pop on over to the Botany Café for their daily specials offered throughout the Winter season including Cape seafood chowder, peppered steak pie, and other delightful dishes.

    To balance your palate throughout your visit at the President, grab a glass of wine from their selection from over 14 different wine farms. This will be an opportunity to introduce you to the wine culture of the Cape, and provide you with full-bodied whites and reds to accompany the chill. The Presidential wine experience will take you through the vineyards in Contantia, Durbanville Wine Valley, Franschhoek, Hemel-en-Aarde, to the Stellenbosch wine route as well as boutique wineries. Their winter wines, including those featured on the menu, range from the Stellenbosch Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2015, Hemel-en-Aarde Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2013, Franschhoek Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2014, and Swartland Doran Vineyards Shiraz 2013, and more.

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    Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When he's not covering a story, Justin can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and herbalism student.