Keep winter at bay with hearty meals in cosy settings

TASH’S Craft Bar is gearing up for winter by bringing out a variety of soups, curries, hot pots and bakes.

“We are keeping in the warm and chucking out the cold by having covers made for the outside area,” owner Tash Kenny said. “Gas heaters are on standby to create a toasty environment for friends and families to enjoy inside or out, while still taking in our stunning view.”

There is a permanent soup option on the menu served with Tash’s homemade bread; chicken liver peri peri; and every Tuesday there is a hot pot available with a bake of the day which is made fresh every Tuesday morning.

WARDING OFF THE CHILL: Ashley Hemmingway, left, and Mirre van Genderen enjoying the cosy couched area on the patio at Tash’s Craft Bar this week Picture: ADELE STECK

Decadent has been a destination (as opposed to a walk-in restaurant) at the quaint Postmaster’s Village for the past six years.  Having seen the passing of ownership of the Postmaster’s Village buildings to Bronwyn and Stewart Dorrington recently, owners Richard and Carol Skelton are still loving it and offering the same relaxing ambience as ever.

This winter why not come and enjoy the new-look Decadent with their newly acquired cheese deli counter (with Boerenkaas and Beemster Royale cheeses), relishes and jams, and order a cheese board with your meal.

Set in a tranquil garden, the coffee shop with its black and white avante garde décor will beguile you to stay awhile.

In its latest addition to the relaxed, healthy atmosphere, Decadent also offers fresh cut flowers. Take some home with you and let the fragrance linger.

Decadent are still offering their renowned Belgian waffles and savoury crepes, as well as delicious tea-time treats such as a decadent hot chocolate and a waffle or crepe with Bar One sauce and cream or ice cream – among other delights. Great winter warmers include curried beef, curried lamb or coronation chicken with a crepe or waffle, which is a meal in itself, but salads and soups are also on the menu.

Open for breakfast as well as lunch, from 9am-4pm during the week, and 9am-2pm on Saturday (except in season, when they open every day, Carol and Richard look forward to welcoming you to Decadent to enjoy a host of delights.

Those seeking warmth and comfort have to look no further than The Links Restaurant and Bar, with a setting that is inviting and food that is to die for.

The crackling fireplace that greets you as you enter the Links is the hallmark of their cosiness in winter.

The Links boasts that they have the best steaks, ribs and eisbein in Port Alfred, but why not judge for yourself while surrounded by fun, laughter, family and friends along with fantastic food and drinks.

Have some fun while keeping warm this season with The Historic Pig & Whistle Inn in Bathurst, which offers specials throughout the month along with friendly service to warm both your stomach and heart.

Any steak lover will surely enjoy Monday nights with the weigh-and-pay steak night and for those who prefer a taste of the Orient instead can enjoy Wednesday’s Asian cuisine. In keeping with the theme of the Winter Warmers you can be sure that soup is involved. Their hearty winter pub soup evenings on Thursdays start on June 14.

On Friday June 29 you can enjoy a meal special and live music and don’t forget that the first Saturday of every month is the fresh produce market and long table lunch, followed on Sundays by the always spectacular roast lunch. There is something for everyone and the normal menu is available for all patrons, so make sure to keep warm at The Pig & Whistle this Winter.

Winter does not have to mean staying indoors trying to stay warm.

GOOD TIME WITH A FRIEND: Jean Bothomley, left, and Anna Kotzé were at Harry B’s this week to celebrate Bothomley’s birthday, which was in May Picture: ADELE STECK

A visit to Harry B’s at the Port Alfred Ski-boat Club will have you begging for a longer winter. Imagine a fireside dinner downstairs and a winter wonderland upstairs. Throw in their slow cooked specials, which includes Granny Murph’s soup, beef short rib braised in red wine and rosemary, chicken curry and their own style oxtail and ossobuco, and who cares that the evenings are chilly!

All these delicious meals are provided on a rotating basis, so be sure to call Crystal Carelse to find out what is on offer. Gather up some friends and enjoy a lovely evening out at Harry B’s while taking in their stunning view of the river. The venue is also available for functions and off-season discount applies. Contact Harry B’s on 082-468-1416.


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