I recently snuck out of Cape Town for a lovely wintery weekend away to the Winelands and a stay at The Grande Roche in Paarl. This grand dame of a hotel underwent a renovation a few years ago and I hadn’t been in a while. May is a stunning time to visit. The leaves are a riot of autumnal colour and still clinging to the vines.

The Grande Roche in Paarl

I stayed in one of the Vineyard suites which weaves around a small vineyard on the property. Each suite has a little stoep so you can gaze over the Paarl Valley and the Groot Drakenstein Mountains in the distance. Nestled under the Paarl Rock behind the hotel, this is a great base to explore the surrounding Winelands area. Paarl, Wellington and Franschhoek are within easy reach.

The Grande Roche in Paarl

he Grande Roche in Paarl

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The room was spacious and luxurious with a separate bathroom and lounge area with a TV & mini bar. It’s a very tranquil setting.

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The Grande Roche in Paarl

This was also an opportunity to taste the dishes of chef Kevin Grobler in The Restaurant at Grande Roche. His food ethos focused on sourcing the best available, sustainable, and local ingredients. He runs his kitchen with a zero-waste strategy, making sure everything gets used in some way. They serve breakfast, lunch, high tea, and dinner. Special wine dinners are planned throughout the year and you can see what is coming up here.

Kevin says “My food ethos is, therefore, to save and preserve for the future and to treat food responsibly so that chefs to come can create great food experiences for many to enjoy.” The restaurant at the Grande Roche

Starters: 

  • Duck Rillette, Brioche, Date Chutney, Homemade Ricotta. 
  • Lightly Cooked Crayfish Carpaccio, Fermented Citrus and Dill Dressing, Puffed Rice, Toasted Nori.
    The restaurant at the Grande Roche

The restaurant at the Grande Roche

The mains were delicious and robust with generous side portions of perfectly cooked green vegetables and Jerusalem artichokes.

  • Duck, Burnt Cabbage Purée, Charred Cabbage, Marinated Carrots, Duck, and Black Garlic Jus. 
  • Roasted Pork, Burnt Apple and Miso Gel, Edamame, and Apple Slaw, Pork, and Apple Cider Jus were both standout dishes with every element cooked to perfection.

The restaurant at the Grande Roche

The restaurant at the Grande RocheThe restaurant at the Grande Roche

The restaurant at the Grande Roche

Breakfast is served back in the restaurant or in your room if you prefer. There is a small buffet with juices, fresh fruit, and pastries with cooked items chosen off a menu. I loved sitting outside on the verandah on a sunny autumn day.

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The restaurant at the Grande Roche, Paarl, Western Cape

The restaurant at the Grande Roche

A few more pics from my stay:

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The restaurant at the Grande RocheThe restaurant at the Grande Roche

The restaurant at the Grande Roche

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The Grande Roche in Paarl

The restaurant at the Grande Roche, Paarl, Western CapeThe Grande Roche in Paarl

I stayed as a guest at the Grande Roche

The Grande Roche Hotel:

Address

1 Plantasie St, Paarl, 7646, South Africa

Phone

+27 (0)21 863 510

General Enquiries Email

info@granderoche.co.za

 
 

 

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