We started off our little holiday break to Montagu with lunch on the way at the enjoyable Nuy on the Hill outside Worcester, and fittingly, we ended our trip off with a lunch stop on the way back at the recently renovated Red Chair Bistro & Deli of Rooiberg Winery, just outside Robertson.
Established in 1964 in the famed Robertson Wine Valley area, Rooiberg is a private company made up of a group of about 15 farms situated along the three rivers surrounding the Rooiberg Mountain, and which today produces wine for the global market, processing about 13500 tons of grapes per year, in a 60% white cultivars to 40% red cultivars split. Rooiberg is known for producing particularly good pinotage and shiraz wines, and indeed this is something that you can try out for yourself at their recently revamped and now quite modern tasting room.
As for the four of us, we were there for two things really. One, I really wanted to see if the girls would be brave enough to head up to the top of the big red chair (purportedly the largest red chair in Africa), and two for some delicious lunch, which I have to say, the excellent (and very slickly decorated) Red Chair Bistro delivered on in spades.
With a spacious indoor dining space and a large outdoor lawn with place for the kids to run around, this impossible to miss gem along the R60 wine route is a pretty good option for a lunch and/or wine stop, especially considering that now at this point in time the old South African concept of padkos has pretty much been resigned to the annals of history!
A thoroughly pleasant experience and just as with the excellent Nuy on the Hill, an easy to recommend eating (and drinking) option.