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A little while ago I was invited to experience the Cellars-Hohenort of the Liz McGrath hotel group. Being a total townie, I’d never heard of this Constantia gem before, but the photos of the place looked absolutely amazing and sold me on checking it out.

Arriving at the Cellars-Hohenort is an adventure in itself. I wasn’t quite sure where I was going, venturing through narrow winding roads through the back of the mountains, and finally arrived at a giant gate, which led up to a parking area. From there, I marched over to what seemed to be the main ‘building’ and was finally led through gardens and paths to my final destination – a beautiful picnic area set up with tables and couches, meant as the welcoming station for our group. It was still early in the afternoon, and this welcoming experience mirrored the High Tea experience of the Cellars-Hohenort, and we were lucky enough to try their new Low Carb High Tea.

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As refreshments, we could choose from a variety of homemade ice teas, fruit-infused waters, or tea and coffee. Food-wise, we literally got to try everything available on their Low Carb High Tea menu! Savoury items: Crispy prawn in Vietnamese rice paper rolls, broccoli, roasted red pepper, and goats cheese tartlets, beef and peppadew sosaties, and humus with fresh veggies. Sandwiches: Coronation chicken, roast beef with red onion and horseradish, and smoked salmon with chives on squid ink ciabatta. And on the sweet side: Dark chocolate and beetroot cupcakes, sugar-free fruit pavlovas, yoghurt honey panna cotta, scones with sugar-free strawberry jam and whipped cream cheese, and homemade seed and grain bars. Wow! While this isn’t a no-carb high tea, there are numerous low carb options available, making this the perfect high tea for those diet-conscious eaters. My favourites? The smoked salmon ciabatta and the yoghurt panna cotta.

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After this afternoon feast, we were led on an exploratory tour of the Cellars-Hohenort grounds, and I’d urge everyone who visits this place to do the same. I absolutely fell in love with the majestic splendour of this classic beauty. We were shown their rose gardens, numerous herb gardens, ponds, forest section … I’m actually struggling to find the words to describe how beautiful Cellars-Hohenort is, but let’s just say that I’m not the marrying kind and this place has now got me wanting to get married there!

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After our tour, we were led to the Conservatory, one of the restaurants on the property. The rooms themselves are stunning, perfectly set up in that classic beauty feel, instantly transporting guests to a time long gone. That in itself is enough for me to want to go back, but it helps that the food was outstanding as well. We had small taster portions of some of their favourite meals, and got to enjoy a double-baked Underberg cheese soufflé (divine), oven-roasted springbok rump, and a Liz McGrath Dark + White Chocolate plate (basically a dark chocolate fondant with white chocolate ice cream).

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Everything about this place was amazing. I wouldn’t necessarily see it as your ‘let’s go out for a casual dinner’ place, though it very well could be. For me, the Cellars-Hohenort is about an experience. It’s the grounds, the classic beauty, the buildings, the nature, and the food. It’s everything that you could ask for if you want a magical dining experience. And it’s the place I’d take my mom to for an out-of-this-world divine experience.

So if you want to experience a truly magical place (I have a feeling I’ve been using that phrase a lot!), then definitely check out the Cellars-Hohenort. You can visit them at 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, though I strongly recommend you check out their website first (coz there’s so much to experience there) and give them a call (+27 21 794 2137) to make a reservation.

We’ll be back soon with more foodie adventures!

Much foodie love!

Written by Benike Palfi

Review Date: May 2016