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“Unexpected Poetry”
Review of Havercrofts

Havercrofts
Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Stanford
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unexpected Poetry”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

A sparkling memory of a day- one of those afternoons which will remain burnished on the memory forever. Lunch- my favourite meal of the day. We were greeted with a warmth only expected from old friends, and as we settled down to a crisp and elegant Chenin, I sensed something truly special was about to unfold. The dedicated and attentive staff were calm and measured in their dealings with an excitable, somewhat catholic band of old friends and new, a group spanning several decades, generations and continents. We were satiated beyond decency. The most perfect Red Pepper Soup- drizzled generously with a rich, nutty olive oil, transported me to another world, another country, another life... I marvelled at Brydon's seemingly effortless elegance of delivering four perfectly hot, crisp-crusted, molten melt -on- the-tongue Soufflés. How does this magical, beautiful team do it? With a calm, amused and almost casual glance over her guests, Innes runs her arbored garden restaurant as only the best hostess can do- with a humour, a sensitivity and a sparkle all her own. Unique. Perfect slow-cooked Pork Belly with generous gnarled-bark-like sheets of salty crackling. The Yorkshire Pudding- the finest found in the Southern hemisphere. Truly. I know about these things. Risotto, earthy, full-flavoured mushroomy perfection, creamy-dream-like, generous and lingering; elegant sufficiency.
The early spring sunshine cast dappled shadows across the late afternoon table, as we lingered wistfully over buttery, meltingly delicious tartlets, lemony fresh, gilded with the freshest puddle of the finest cream imaginable...a dreamlike state, yet only a short drive from Cape Town. We plotted our return as we headed back to reality...thank you for sharing your treasure with us all. Kathryn, David T, David M,Alice and Jack, Martin and Ralph.

  • Visited August 2014
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2 Thank kbtorr
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English first
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A little Gem”
Reviewed 26 August 2014

Whilst the food is of an excellent quality, imaginative and delicious, the venue is a wonderful surprise. A country cottage feel, with a spectacular view over the valley. The food is delicious and Innes' sense of humor infectious. A wonderful experience and highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank Jenny H
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Cape Town
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174 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Cape Country Favourite”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

Another memorable lunch at one of our very favourite Cape country venues, with superb food from Brydon and the unique humour and hospitality from Innes in the front. Seemingly rustic and simple, until you 'get it' as thankfully we did a long time ago. A blackboard of delicious variety, each starter main and dessert a winner. A glorious day, a corner table in the garden with that view, convivial fellow-diners, and not a problem to bring in that bottle of wine you have in the car! seek it out but be sure to book, no wonder it has the word-of-moth and referral business that it has.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank LewR
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“WOW, is all I can say!”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Hubby took me to Havercrofts for my birthday and I Must really say this is the best food in the Hermanus area by a mile!
The front of house (chefs wife) makes one feel right at home.
The most amazing is is that all the patrons in the restaurant recommend all the food and everyone knows everyone.
I can definitely recommend Havercrofts to everyone!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Elize F
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Yum!!!”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Excellent food and wonderful service. Would recommend to anyone! Entertaining host just adds to the experience. Plus Stanford has so much to offer.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Jessica L
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