Come dine with us

 

 

As we have mentioned already we are pleased to say that we are no longer just a bed and breakfast guest house but now are happy to serve platter lunches and also dinners by candlelight.

We are the first to admit that we are not a restaurant – that is not our aim – we like to think that our dinners are more like ‘dining with friends’ with the accent being on freshness, quality and taste. We are also keen on presentation but more like ‘looking nice and tempting to eat,’ rather than ‘art on a plate’ in fact something you might like to find when dining on a country estate.

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Our kitchen is small, so we cannot offer a lot of choice, but we can be flexible and always offer a vegetarian option – which is not something often found in ‘meat loving’ South Africa. We try to source our food from neighbouring producers wherever possible and intend to ‘grow our own’ as soon as we are able to do so.

Being so close to the Robertson wine valley we are spoilt for choice when it comes to the wines to complement our dinners – we have chosen some of what we think are the best available varietals and blends for our small but constantly updated wine list. Our dinners are an ‘unhurried pleasure’, relax in our comfy dining chairs, enjoy the view (in the summertime), let our cheerful and friendly service staff attend to you whilst our kitchen staff delight your taste buds. We know that our guests do not have to drive home so why not an after dinner brandy, local liqueur or grappa with the coffee?

Our menus change daily, depending on our food supplies, so two or three night stays mean that those lucky guests get to experience our candlelight dinners over and over again! Here is a copy of a sample menu to give you an idea of what it is like to dine at Galenia.

Dinner Menu

Starter

Halloumi & Avocado

With Baby Salad Greens & Dill Vinaigrette

Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Main Course

Slow Roasted Pork Belly

Served with Potato & Leek Bake and Seasonal Garden Vegetables

Accompanied by a Pineapple Chutney

Or

Pumpkin Gnocchi

With Sage & Parmesan Butter

Dessert

Strawberry Sorbet & Limoncello

Our ‘new look’

We are now open for business and have already hosted several guests – some returners from previous years and some just passing by and looking for a room for the night (and ending up staying for three!!!). The initial opinion has been very favourable from the newly refurbished suites to the main house and especially the ‘glass enclosed’ dining stoep. For us it is a delight to welcome guests again after being closed for four months and to show off the new look Galenia and to feel like a proper estate house rather than just a bed and breakfast.

Nowadays we do not have to ask guests where they would like us to book them for dinner in Montagu but are proud to offer our own dinner menu served on our own candlelit dining stoep.

Here are a few ‘sneaky peaks’ from the recent photo shoot.

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S A Olive Awards – 2016

We are thrilled and delighted to announce that in our first attempt to produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil we have been awarded TWO Golds and a Silver by the South African Olive Association.

Each year the association holds a competition where olive growers can submit their oils for tasting and assessment by a panel of experts and then gold, silver and bronze awards are presented in early September. We had the feeling that our ‘estate pressed’ extra virgin olive oil was of very good quality following the laboratory tests, but as this was our first year of production we dared not dream of winning an award. To end up with THREE leaves us all very pleased indeed!

Our ‘gold award winning’ Estate Blend is a combination of the oils of the three different cultivars grown on the estate – Frantoio, Mission and Manzanilla. The olives from each cultivar are picked and pressed separately which enables us to assess the qualities and flavours of each oil and to blend them together to produce a particular flavour that we think represents Galenia Estate. This season’s Estate Blend is a subtle balance of pungency and bitterness with a soft finish and grassy aroma.

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The ‘gold award winning’ Director’s Blend is a combination of just two of the cultivars – Frantoio and Mission, blended in a proportion which gives a more intense aroma and pungency and a greater depth of flavour.

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The ‘silver award winning’ Frantoio is a single cultivar Extra Virgin Olive Oil unblended and ‘straight from the tree’. The 2016 harvest has produced an oil of good aroma and pungency with low bitterness.

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We are also pleased with our new Galenia logoed labels featuring a map of Africa (in gold, silver and bronze to differentiate each type of oil) in order to emphasise that the oil has been produced in South Africa. Not everyone associates Africa as a continent that grows olives and produces high quality extra virgin olive oil, but we hope that our new Galenia oils will add to the existing brands and create more awareness of the superb quality.

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We are open (as of 1st September) but a little patience required to actually see what we look like – unless you pay us a visit.

The final touches have been made and the new ‘Galenia’ is now open and ready to welcome guests- but of course it has to be photographed for our website and media publications. Who better to do this than one of the finest photographers we know – who coincidentally is based in Johannesburg and has done the ‘photoshoots’ of our East African properties for the past twelve years – the delightful Merwelene van der Merwe.

A photoshoot with Merwelene is a ‘big production’ needing a mountain of equipment, cameras, lenses, flashes, reflectors, battery packs and of course an assistant to work alongside her shooting at different speeds and exposures. On this shoot it was the colourful and zany Nicole Louw working alongside the ‘master’.

For four days we explored the estate – looking for ‘angles’, the correct composition and the special ‘light’ to portray the property and its surroundings to the best advantage. Nature was assisting by sending a heatwave with temperatures up to 38 degrees, nice blue skies and fantastic views of the Langebergs and the Klein Karoo.

Now we are in the ‘post production’ phase and we expect the new images next week. This will allow us to complete the new Galenia website and to give you a preview of the renovations and allow you to see what we have been doing for the past four months.

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