It has a warm, homely feel about it in spite of its sophistication. It must be the gracious hospitality that is extended by all staff, who are committed to making you seriously sad to leave. The sight of not one but two large tubs in our suite overlooking the dam, and these Capies were in heaven. After pre-dinner dunks we proceeded to the lounge for pre-dinner drinks at the fire, and then settled in for what we knew would be a special epicurean experience. Chef Constantijn Hahndiek, fellow Capetonian, is talented yet humble. His welcome is to the room – instead of going to each table to explain the menu you get it upfront. There is a sincere sense of celebration of local, he tells of what he has sourced and from whom. Tijn’s salt and vinegar chips course is inspired by his bad habit of taking the salt and vinegar shaker into movies, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend! The warm and intimate dining room is the perfect stage for watching fellow diners enjoy surprises like the pineapple beer, motivated by boarding school days when Tijn made it under his bed! Each course, from the artisan breads to the cured Natal snoek, was perfectly prepared, beautifully plated and married with wonderful wines.
A sumptuous breakfast, a walk to see the horses at the Summerhill Stud farm, and then a sneak peak at the new wine cellar. General manager Duncan, in addition to being a sterling host, is passionate about wine and generous in his sharing of knowledge. Hartford House is the ideal platform for special celebrations (they host one wedding every month), or to simply celebrate life. It was time to head back to our lives, in cold, very cold Cape Town.
We were delighted to facilitate a marketing workshop, conducted by former marketing director of Adidas SA, Gavin Cowley, for HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA). We have been supporting Hospice for many years, for the last eight years managing their brand nationally. Watch this space for news of their 30th anniversary celebrations starting in October – “Art with Heart…for Hospice.”