When we were driving through the karoo on the way to Cape Town, I asked Facebook where we should stop for lunch, either in Stellenbosch or Paarl. We wanted a family friendly place that was easy to find, that had good food.

Ruan replied within a few minutes suggesting Blacksmith’s Kitchen in Paarl, and after googling it, it looked like an excellent choice (the other choices suggested were Fairview and Spice Route), so we headed for the Retief Wine Farm north of Paarl to try out the restaurant.

Well, it was awesome.

It’s situated on the slopes outside Paarl and the view is magnificent! I loved that it was small and not too busy yet. We found out when we were buying wine that they’ve only been open for 4 months! They told us that they’re fully booked for dinners over the next week, so I’m glad we managed to experience it.

The setting with the tables under the big oak tree was a fabulous way to start our holiday. The menu was great, and although the salads and cheese board looked like a great decision, we all chose pizzas to share. The one in the photo is the most boring one, the margherita, but Lance had an awesome veggie pizza with artichokes and camembert cheese… I had a few pieces of that one, it was delish.

It’s a pity the sky was so hazy… you could see the mountains on the other side of the valley from where we were sitting.

Loved the olives they put on the table when we got there as an appetiser. Of course I had to try out their wine too… which I bought from the wine shop before we left.


So I got to a wine farm, and bought wine… before we’d even reached Cape Town! Not bad 😉