Tasty country cooking at Hilda’s Kitchen, Groote Post

Today we headed for a long weekend in Paternoster, a beautiful seaside town on South Africa’s West Coast. And we had to drive past a turn off to a vineyard – and one which we have loved many bottles of wine from. So, you’ve guessed it, we couldn’t drive past. Instead we headed down the dusty road to Groote Post on the Darling Valley wine route for a tasting and a spot of lunch along the way. I’m a firm believer that a lot of good things happen at the end of a dusty road. Well, they do.

We were soon settled under the enormous trees perusing the menu in Hilda’s Kitchen. We were the picture of happiness. And it was only going to get better.

What’s on the menu

The caramelised onion and blue cheese tart came in the crumbliest of a buttery pastry case. Whoever’s making the pastry in this establishment seriously knows what they’re doing. It’s spectacular.

Hilda's Kitchen: tart
A sweet onion and cheese tart to dream about

The side salad accompanying the tart was made with the freshest ingredients and a zesty, flavoursome dressing.

Hilda's Kitchen: salad
The colourfully fresh side salad

After much consideration I decided to go for the creamy chicken pie – well I changed my mind at the very last minute – and thank goodness I did. Beautifully browned, buttery pastry encased plenty of creamy chicken. I love it when a pie is more filling than pastry which this one certainly was. Having said that the pastry was so superb (again), literally melting on my tongue, so I could have eaten a lot more. Served with a drizzle of extra gravy on a bed of creamy, smooth mash with perfectly cooked veggies, this is a pie that would win competitions.

Groote Post: chicken pie

When ordering our pies, there was the big decision of whether to have mash or chips. Not an easy one this! Until our lovely waiter suggested we go for mash and he would bring a big bowl of chips for the table. Problem solved. And what chips! They were more like little roasties, crispy on the outside and so soft inside. If in doubt, double potatoes is the way to go!

Groote Post: chips
Crispy, delicious potatoes to share

Groote Post is well worth a visit.There’s great country cooking and such welcoming service – our waiter was so happy, helpful and efficient he made the whole experience even better. And the wine! Needless to say we couldn’t leave without purchasing a few crates. It’s irresistible.

So take the trip down the dusty road…this is the sight that greets you and you come through the gates. It’s the tasting room and our pre-lunch destination. So stunning, and how’s that blue sky?

Groote Post: tasting room
We piled into the tasting room on arrival

Today’s price point

These two courses came to R230 (About £12).

We enjoyed a Groote Post Chenin for R85 (About £4.40).

And a Groote Post Brut Rose MCC for R155 (About£8) which we particularly loved.

All conversions at today’s exchange rate.

Hilda’s Kitchen, Groote Post is at Darling Hills Street, Darling Valley, just off the R27 on the road to Paternoster.

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