The Cape of Good Hope can be seen as having been the original gateway to Africa. It is here where the indigenous San, Khoi and Xhosa peoples were joined by European settlers and others who hailed from the Malaysian and Indian Archipelagos before they ventured forth to explore and inhabit the rest of South Africa, and beyond. The cultural influences of these diverse people groups remain evident to this day, and are visible in the Cape’s art, architecture and our delicious cuisine.
EAT at Hout Bay Manor features cuisine that pays homage to the Cape’s gloriously diverse cultural influences. At breakfast you can indulge in dishes that deliver Mediterranean or Middle Eastern flavours with South African influences, while for lunch you can choose from a delicious cosmopolitan light lunch or Asian menu. Our chef-inspired dinner menu explores a marriage of South African, European and Asian cultural influences and flavours.
According to early Cape history, the Hout Bay area was named by the early Dutch settlers, as far back as 1653, who called it Bay of Wood, as the area provided a ready source of high quality Yellowwood for building and repairing their ships. Being one of the Cape of Storm’s few sheltered natural small boat harbours it was briefly occupied by the French in 1788.
Kronendal was the first farm in Hout Bay and was established in the 1670s, however the Cape Dutch Homestead of Kronendal, was only built in 1800. The fishing village of Hout Bay was established in about 1867 when a German immigrant, Jacob Trautmann, began to farm and fish in the area.
Hout Bay went on to flourish as fishing and agricultural community for over three hundred years, in which time the original manor house, now Hout Bay Manor, was built on Kronendal Estate in 1871.
The Hout Bay valley is physically separated from the rest of Cape Town, enclosed by mountains, which form the main part of the Table Mountain range. It is on the slopes of these mountains and down into the neighbouring Constantia Valley that Simon van der Stel, first Governor of the Cape Colony, planted some 10,000 grapevines in 1685. Today, wine from Hout Bay is numbered among the four regions that make up the Wine of Origin Cape Town appellation.
An area rich in heritage and beauty, there are more than ten superb wine farms, all within a seven kilometre range from Hout Bay Manor making this, one of the oldest Cape wine regions, a wine lover’s delight. Some of these wine farms are of great historical significance in the Cape while others are more modern additions to the region.
EAT at Hout Bay Manor offers a comprehensive and interesting wine list, with many wines coming from the wineries located in close proximity to Hout Bay Manor. We are confident that our selection of wines will satisfy the most discerning pallet.