In between Stellenbosch and Strand in the Helderberg, lies Somerset West, a sophisticated town that has a lot more to offer than what meets the eye. It may not be the first place to visit for spur of the moment trips but it should definitely be on your next to do list and here’s why.
Rated as one of the best food cities in the world, Cape Town has so much to offer in terms of incredible food that is prepared to perfection and venturing a little further out of town, to Somerset West is an adventure worth taking. Fine dining restaurant, Benguela on Main is a must when in the area – offering exclusive fine cuisine and wine tasting experiences all under one roof, something quite unique and different. They have brought wines from Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus to Somerset West in the form of The Taster, above the restaurant. The six course chef’s tasting menu has been designed and prepared by Executive Chef Jean Delport. A young and incredibly talented chef that will amaze you with his perfectly paired flavours as each dish outdoes the other, creating a culinary cascade. The chef’s tasting menu can also be paired with local South African wines to complete the overall experience.
To further ensure you are able to indulge to the nines, Benguela on Main has a ‘you drink, we drive’ complimentary transport service available to residents of Somerset West, ensuring you get home safely.
If it’s a recreational sport you’re looking for, Erinvale Golf Club and Estate is a good place to start. A sport that is somewhat urbane, the club opened in May 1995 after two years and six months of developing the land into what it is today. Gary Player himself designed the 18 hole golf course and the Clubhouse is nestled in the middle of the Erinvale Estate, at the foothills of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. While the men play golf, the ladies can enjoy a relaxed spa day at the Erinvale Estate Spa.
For a slightly different pace of leisure and culture there are a few art galleries huddled in Somerset West, showcasing local talent at its best. Take your pick of Gallery 91, Liebrecht Art Gallery or Bright Street Gallery, to name a few and brush up on your arts and culture. In close proximity of each other, you could easily hop from the one to the other.
Accommodation in Somerset West is vast, depending on what you’re looking for. From hotels, to guest houses and B&B’s, spend a weekend in the sophisticated town to really experience and appreciate all it has to offer. It may be a refreshing pace from the bustling city centre and if you’re on holiday in Cape Town, Somerset West is a place to come and enjoy exceptional food and wine for the day.