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The Robertson Small serves up yesteryear sensations

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The Robertson Small Hotel is located at 58 Van Reenen Street, Robertson, Western Cape.

Revel in the past and pleasures of the quaint town of Robertson when The Robertson Small Hotel, a 5-star retreat where old-world elegance meets chic sophistication, relives the valley’s golden days with a Remembrance of Things Past Dinner on Saturday, 10 August.

Adding nostalgic charm to the 2013 Robertson Slow Festival – which takes place from 9-11 August – this award-winning boutique hotel will enliven the senses with a culinary journey back in time to recall the days of yesteryear when ostrich palaces, thoroughbred stud farms and wine estates reigned supreme in this fertile valley.

“We invite food and wine lovers who treasure a go slow mantra to join us for a leisurely feast of comforting classics from days gone by whilst we rekindle the past and explore the future of our valley with tastes from now and then. Your tastebuds will be transported to a time once lost but now found,” explains resident chef Tiaan van Greunen who heads up the hotel’s signature restaurant, Reuben’s at The Robertson Small.

Inspired by the treasured heirloom recipes of oumas and tannies, Tiaan will put his own unique stamp upon these timeless treasures with a lingering 5 course menu which celebrates the past in gourmet fashion. Think wholesome Sugar Bean Soup and farm bread; Biltong Parfait; rustic Ostrich Pie with plum sauce and a trio of traditional desserts – all served up with a contemporary twist.

With wine playing such an indelible part in the daily life of the Robertson Wine Valley, each of the five courses will be paired with a matching estate wine from the area.


Special guest offer:

Guests who will be staying at the luxury Robertson Small Hotel during the weekend of the Robertson Slow Festival will also be treated to a complimentary Sundowner Hour on the Friday evening, 9 August.

“This intimate wine tasting event allows one to discover one’s own Vinotype and why you like the wines you like. You will discover the wines that fit you the diner and not just the dinner! This fun, interactive event is a must-attend for those individuals looking to discover the wines of the valley that they will enjoy to the fullest and is a surefire way to jumpstart your Robertson Slow Weekend,” explains certified sommelier Susan Cashin, who will be guiding the guests through a plethora of cellar gems from the area.

Carved out of a gracious 1909 Victorian manor house, The Robertson Small Hotel was voted South Africa’s Best Luxury Country Hotel for the second consecutive year at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards.

With 10 spacious luxury en-suite bedrooms, a gourmet signature restaurant – Reuben’s at The Robertson Small Hotel, a wellness room, tranquil gardens and shimmering pools, combined with offering unsurpassed attention to detail, the understated elegance of this boutique hotel is refreshingly unique.


The 5-course Remembrance of Things Past Dinner costs R 380 per person which includes all the wine pairings. To reserve your seat or for more information on The Robertson Small Hotel and its accommodation packages visit; contact Tel: (+27)23 626 7200, or send an email to [email protected]. Bookings are essential.


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