Why not treat yourself to a road trip along the #weskusbeskus to Russells On The Port!
Russells on the Port offers a veritable smorgasbord for food and wine lovers with a special emphasis on fresh seafood. With fifteen well-appointed luxurious guest suites on offer, you won’t be disappointed.
Blogger, Kim van Niekerk, connected to the big flavour tastes at the 4-star accommodation of Russells on the Port – located in Port Owen, Velddrif on the Cape West Coast.
You can find Russells on the Port on the West Coast Way Foodie Route and Berg Route
Driving past the salt pans and into the West Coast fishing town of Velddrif, I would never have expected to find anything like the hidden gem that is Russells on the Port. I was transported to the Mediterranean Coast by the style of the villa, by the fountain and statues at reception and by the water of the Port Owen Marina just a few steps beyond the terrace. I was ready to get the taste of Port Owen!
First things first after the 90-minute drive from Cape Town was a delicious cup of coffee. Russells on the Port sources their beans locally from Wings Coffee Roasters in Vredenberg and my cappuccino, served with melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, was proof of the South African catchphrase ‘local is lekker’.
The well-appointed guestrooms available at Russells on the Port are soothingly decorated in the colours of sand and sea, and I was absolutely delighted at the generous en-suite bathrooms.
I cornered their Head Chef, Charl Coetzee, during a quiet moment between the breakfast and lunch. He is unassuming, happy for the spotlight to be on the food instead of him. The restaurant supports local suppliers wherever possible and the menu is quite literally seasonal with weekly specials inspired by whatever is ripe and ready to be harvested from the small kitchen garden or the fruit trees at the owner’s nearby home.
After tasting a number of different starters, I am still hard pressed to choose a favourite. The Cauliflower Risotto with mushrooms, truffle dressing and pine nut crumb is a delicious – and pretty! – dish while the Prawn Salad with avocado and mango puree is a symphony of flavours.
The restaurant itself manages to be both contemporary and reminiscent of a bygone era. Paintings by local artists and beautiful shells in box frames adorn the walls alongside the most astonishing collection of classic movie memorabilia.
At sunset it is time to explore Russells on the Port’s list of signature cocktails. Sipping a Pink Flamingo and sampling oysters while watching the sun go down over the water is a must-do when you visit the Cape’s West Coast and the perfect way to end a perfect day.
Facilities available at Russells on the Port:
• Accommodation • Child Friendly • Pool • Complimentary Tea/Coffee • Wheelchair Accessibility (Some Rooms, Bedrooms & Bathrooms) • Restaurant • Conferences • Bar • Small Functions • Weddings
Where: 1 Bronwen Avenue, Port Owen, Velddrif
Written by Kim van Niekerk
I love to explore new places and new tastes – for me, food is the first step in learning about a new country or culture. Capturing the experience with my words and photographs is all part of the adventure.
West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. South Africans and visitors can explore a unique collection of themed routes to do adventure-filled Cape West Coast self-drive trips or a West Coast Holiday. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Scenic Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route – as well as the newly launched West Coast Way Wild Route, all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many. For more information on West Coast Way’s #WestCoastTwist and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit www.westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.