Franschhoek is widely known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, it is difficult to find a Franschhoek restaurant in the area that doesn't offer sumptuous fare. One of these fine Franschhoek restaurants is Restaurant in the Vines which can be found on Rickety Bridge Wine Estate. Unlike many of the other Franschhoek restaurants that are part of the wine estates they inhabit, guests will experience a laid back luxury here in the form of a picnic style lunch that guests can choose to experience on the wooden deck which stretches right into the vineyards or while lazing on the lawn in summer, all the while surrounded by scenic vineyards and savoring either the estate or other Franschhoek wines.
During winter, the Restaurant in the Vines serves hot and hearty comfort food in the form of home cooked soups, traditional curries and casseroles. Children are offered their own menu with many kid-friendly meals to choose from.
This Franschhoek restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday between 11:00 and 16:30. The Restaurant in the Vines can also be rented out for functions and can seat up to 85 guests. Guests also have the option of renting out the intimate 20 seater indoor cellar which serves the dual purpose of being warm and cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. Alternatively, intimate gatherings can choose to hold their function on the lower outdoor deck, amongst the vines, which seats the same number of people.
While the gourmet picnic baskets are a popular option for group lunches, the chefs at The Restaurant in the Vines can tailor make a menu catering to the specific needs or desires of an evening function, they have been known to create many gourmet braai menus.
Rickety Bridge also offers a tasting room where guests can relax on sumptuous leather couches while sipping estate wines. They also offer the best of Franschhoek accommodation in the form of their two centuries old Manor House.