Stellenbosch is abuzz with the news of an exciting addition to the vibrant Church Street precinct – Boschendal at Oude Bank.
Once the setting of Schoon de Companje, a wildly popular eatery and bakery, Boschendal at Oude Bank’s arrival heralds a new era for both the winelands town and Boschendal Estate. The Franschhoek-based farm, one of the major attractions in the area, has recently developed the space vacated by the Schoon into a charming bakery, bistro and farm shop.
Having opened its doors two months ago, the vibrant cafe is an outstanding reflection of Boschendal’s ethos of natural, sustainably-produced farm-to-table fare. Everything on offer is made from scratch, either on-site or directly from the farm. Stepping into the premises you’re greeted with a warm, country-style feel complete with wood and brick finishes throughout, hanging chandeliers adds a modern twist. To your right lies a charcuterie section, with a varied selection of hanging meats – so fresh they will only be ready in a few weeks. Above, a mezzanine extension of the eatery provides views of the lively entrance area, while heading further inside the seating area is extended into a beautiful open interior courtyard, complete with hanging planters and a vertical garden.
Staying true to the location’s roots, bread forms a big part of their offering and an assortment of baked goods are available daily on site. The smell of freshly-baked goodies permeates the premises. Moving onto wine, which Boschendal is most famous for, a number of fridges and shelves are fully stocked with rare vintages and familiar favourites spanning several varietals. Wine tastings are available too, an expert sommelier will guide you through the wines which the farm is renowned for.
The food menu caters for all palates, serving up a range of breakfast, brunch and lunch classics, using as much in-house produce and meat as possible. The French toast with brioche bread was a huge win, served with maple candied bacon and caramelised banana, make sure you try it. It was rich and indulgent, and cooked to perfection.
Overall, visitors can expect a lively addition to Stellenbosch, not just another place to grab a bite to eat. I enjoyed knowing my food was fresh, sustainably-grown and the meat was ethically sourced. Boschendal at Oude Bank is a proper farm-to-table experience that you don’t want to miss out on. They have everything you need under one roof, convenience at its best.