The Fox is back! … be there on the 30th!

the-fox-logoKathy and Geoff are pleased to announce the official opening function of The Fox Restaurant & Pub will be on Thursday 24th November from 18h00 for guests and Naparians to come and see the changes that have been made and to sample the food!

The venue will be closed on Friday 25th BUT normal activities will commence from Saturday 26th onwards – opening daily (except Tuesdays) from 11h00 onwards (by the way … have you booked for Christmas? The Fox will be open but booking is essential)

Come along and experience the hospitality you’ve all been anxious to enjoy … the whole building and grounds have been renovated and “spruced up” … sit on the enlarged and enclosed front verandah and relax with a glass of local brew or wine while you partake of the new and exciting menu, food and features.

You can expect the favourite menu items of:

  • Beef and chicken burgers
  • Fish and Chips
  • Calamari and Chips
  • Prawns
  • Mussels
  • Rump Steak

But there will be a lot more to follow and to tempt you to become a frequent guest of Kathy & Geoff.

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The Fox is back in town!

the-fox-seafood-platterGood news for people who like to eat out – THE FOX IS BACK IN TOWN!

The new owners and restrauteurs are about to open for business after renovations and preparing a new menu for all “Naparians” and those from further afield …. watch THIS space!

Rumour has it that there will be an EXTENSIVE sea food menu …

Napier Farm Stall for top quality ‘plaaskombuis’ meals

Napier Farm StallThe Napier Farm Stall has set the standard in Napier for top quality ‘plaaskombuis’, or as the English refer, a wholesome country meal.

Created by Ilze Vos in 1999, this farm stall has become an Overberg landmark . Travellers from all over the world stop here to experience the peaceful country setting, to watch the world go by under a cool vine-covered veranda, and savour hearty country fare you would not normally have at home. Ilze’s passion for unpretentious tasty fare has set her apart. Lovers of good food keep coming back for more. She turns the ordinary into extra-ordinary though careful selection of ingredients and experience.

The farm stall itself is filled with delightful farm visuals and goodies. Browsing requires time. Even going to the bathroom is an experience. For the road there are candies and homemade tarts, for the gourmet cooks there is truffle oil, for the health-orientated there are honey rye rusks. Plus plenty bottles of extra-ordinary jams and preserves, deli items and gifts. Heaven !!

For the young, and young at heart, there is a slide and hula hoops to expend the extra energy gained from the Farm stall’s mouth-watering selection of cakes. And Ilze does not skimp on helpings. You will be sated but wanting to come back for more.

Contact Ilze at the Farmstall on: 028 423 3440  or mobile 083 457 5027

Caution – photographers at work!

Many images at the Napier Patatfees were captured by Keith Murray, a professional photographer from Hermanus.

Keith at work in Napier - captured by Herman van Bon

Keith Murray at work in Napier – captured by Napier resident, Herman van Bon

Herman van Bon, another professional photographer and artist was able to capture Keith at work in Napier as he attended the Patatfees.
Many photographers have inspired, and will continue to inspire Keith Murray. Capturing a moment on a time-line always creates an everlasting memory, it is these memories that stay long after the moment has past.

Is there a perfect image? An image means many things to many people, and a single image may be interpreted in many ways.

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams

There are always two people in every picture, the photographer and the viewer” – Ansel Adams

“Photography is a visual language: its aim is to communicate something to another person. That something is in the voice of the person who made the photograph. The clearer the photographer’s intention, the more likely the viewer will understand the intent.”

Keith’s passion for Photography are: Architecture, Interior, Décor, Multimedia AV’s, Food, Product, Corporate, Studio & Location Portraiture, Functions, Events, Motor-sport, Landscapes/Seascapes

New look website – new energy – new opportunities!

Contact Gideon & Marné Joubert for information, they’re  available to chat with you about YOUR listing on the website

 

Gideon & Marné Joubert have given the theoverberg.com a facelift! They have improved it to the extent that anyone can upload their own material to the website. And they can edit their own listings to suit their business and personality!

Included in the improved website is the ability to showcase your business or service AND AT THE SAME TIME run your social media campaigns too.

It even has the facility to allow you to place CLASSIFIED ADVERTS online.

Contact Gideon or Marné to get more information on how you can be part of this dynamic web presence:
Marné: 061 402 1951 or marne@theoverbeg.com
Gideon: 079 117 5434 or admin@jouweb.biz

Since the launch of the website in 2005 theoverberg.com has become THE website of reference for this region in the southernmost part of the Cape. It is widely regarded as the definitive online business directory and guide to the Overberg – one of the most divergent and inviting areas in South Africa. When the website was developed the excellent SEO (search engine optimisation) ensured that most searches on the internet brought theoverberg.com listings to the top of the search engine pages. This has given the Overberg region more prominence than it ever had in the past.

“Underwhelming …. I was expecting so much more!”

20160103_134341I had eaten a number of times at Seagulls in the past, therefore was looking forward to returning to an “old haunt” …. but it was disappointing. Seagulls has two levels, the outside, upper deck with great views over the sea and inside where the kitchen and second bar are.

We opted to go inside as the upper deck was “heaving” and seating was not easily available. The inside was empty except for a slouching waitress sitting at a table with her boyfriend (or some other acquaintance). The “maitre’d” for want of a better term had to whistle to get her attention in order to seat us …. said maitre’d then disappeared upstairs and was only seen briefly from time to time.

20160103_134349We ordered our drinks and perused the menu …. after 15 minutes of nothing happening we had to clap our hands to get the waitresses’ attention. She dragged herself over to the table and we ordered from the menu – Chicken Cordon Bleu … she returned to tell us there was none left. So we looked at the prominently displayed “Specials Menu” and I opted for the eisbein … again, nothing available … so then I tried to request the rib eye … nothing! She explained that ALL the specials had run out the night before and the delivery hadn’t yet arrived. She seemed miffed when I pointed out that the specials should then be removed from the displayed menu! Which she reluctantly did, although we didn’t suggest she stand on a chair to do it!). I would have thought that if the restaurant was properly managed, then the “specials” board would have been amended when they opened up in the morning, but that’s just me, I suppose!

20160103_132218When we eventually found something that they DID have the food was good and tasty – I had a beautifully cooked rump and my wife a tasty beef stroganoff (that wasn’t really a stroganoff, but she was happy) – her side order of vegetables failed to appear but we decided not to “tax” the clearly lethargic waitress any further.

The atmosphere on the upstairs deck was probably great …. but downstairs is was distinctly lacking. A further irritation was the kitchen staff shouting loudly to each other – from the kitchen across the empty restaurant. Also, the constant stream of visitors to the staff – boyfriends, children and other “hangers-on” was disturbing. The “muzak” from the DStv channel was probably the choice of the staff, but I don’t like listening to “rap-crap” when I’m dining (or at any other time if truth be told)!

The whole atmosphere was very unprofessional and rather TOO relaxed. We got the impression that we were an inconvenience sitting in the wrong place!

I might chance it again, but I would go to the upper deck next time and would leave very smartly if any of what I experienced the other day reared its head again. One wonders where the owner was to allow such sloppy goings on by their staff and really bad management of things like updating menus etc.

DON’T pass by Fisherhaven without popping in to visit this “new kid on the block!”

20160102_120535The Blue Roof Pub & Restaurant has only been open a month and already is becoming a popular venue for locals and visitors who have heard about it. I was impressed with the open, spaciousness of the place – there is a downstairs area with tables that leads out to an open air section with picnic tables and umbrellas.

But for me, the best part is the upstairs eating area with wide panoramic windows that overlook the distant lagoon. This is also where the bar is positioned along with the wide screen TV for those who want to watch the sport.

We initially sat by the windows on the high stools and later migrated to our table where we ordered pork ribs and one of our party ordered steak.The food was very tasty, well presented and served after a short but acceptable wait. There was a good selection of wines too.

20160102_120454The waitress was attentive and pleasant, but run off her feet – I’m sure there will be other staff added soon, seeing as they have only been open a short time. The owner, Paul, paid us a visit and had a good conversation with us but discreetly disappeared when our food arrived – he is a gracious host and does the rounds of all his patrons, even attending to small things like getting ice when the waitress is occupied elsewhere.

If there was any criticism at all it would be that it would have been nice to have had a bit more choice on alternative items available if one doesn’t eat chips or rice (like mushrooms, courgettes or brinjal) – however, Paul did assure us that he had intentions of expanding the menu and adding other items.

The Blue Roof Pub is a gem and anyone driving past Fisherhaven on their way to Hermanus and NOT popping in is missing out on some great food and a lovely venue.

Paul is an experienced restrauteur and I would expect this pub & restaurant to become one of the “sought after secrets” some would prefer to keep as their own special place and while allowing the masses go on to Hermanus.

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“Banting” food request was no problem …

Banting breakfast at The Red

Banting breakfast at The Red

The excellent menu had items we were not wanting to include in our meal – Dee made “a plan” that allowed us to enjoy their excellent cuisine in the style we choose to enjoy.

The Farmhouse Breakfast had the bacon, scrambled eggs and sausage we wanted but we asked that instead of toast was it possible to include a few mushrooms? Dee rustled up the perfect breakfast with a large grilled mushroom and warm green salad (including grilled cherry tomatoes and cheese) to accompany our meal.

The delicious meal was also served with decaffeinated filter coffee and pouring cream.

It is THAT type of service and the ability to provide exactly what the customer wants that keeps me going back to The Red Windmill each time we visit Napier.

Westhook Factory Shop – specials!

In Bredasdorp, and in outlets throughout the Overberg – Westhook Seafood Factory Shop has this offer on at the moment:

  • Hake Pieces @ R85.00/5kg box
  • Calamari Strips @ R39.00/900g
  • Salmon Off-Cuts @ R15.00/500g

… and in the “Tuck Shop” – cooked and “ready-to-eat” Calamari & Chips @ R20.00

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Mother’s Day at Nachtwacht

Nacht Wacht CollageMOTHERS DAY 2014
11 May 2014

Mussel Soup with West Coast Mussels
Served with freshly baked Ciabatta
Or
Springbok Carpaccio, Pear and Gruyere Salad
***
Beef fillet with a Madagascan Pepper Sauce
Potato Wedges and Fresh Vegetables

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Or
Rack of lamb with a reduction of red wine, brown sugar and red wine

Served with a sweet potato mash and fresh vegetables
Or
8 King Prawns with fresh ginger, garlic and coconut milk sauce
Basmati Rice and Fresh Vegetables
***
Baked Cheese Cake with Berries
Or

Tables indoors

Crème Brulee
Or
Malva Pudding

R195 per person

Kiddies menu is available.
There will be a jumping castle – weather permitting.