• I spotted a post about The Woodlands Eatery on the always inspiring Coelho Culture and when i went to go and take a closer look over the weekend realised its in the same place where my old favourite weekend haunt Yum used to be. Back when i lived in town, i lived in the teeniest apartment with a view of the sea and the city and about 100 steps from Yum which i used to visit at least twice a week.

    The Woodlands Eatery has all the hallmarks of a lovely local. The menu is brimming with ribsticking fare – things like rump steak with mushroom sauce and also more sophisticated bites like deboned roasted quail with a wild rice, mushroom and pea risotto. I didn’t get to eat there when i popped in but i’m looking forward to returning soon for a taste of one their gourmet pizzas (the Parma ham, rocket, nectarine and goats cheese sounds amazing). The chef and owner Larry used to do his thing at Plettenberg Bay spot Emily Moon so on the food front, things are promising.


    On the ambience and décor front, things are even more delicious. Larry and his wife Sarah spent days at a local demolition yard sourcing just the right worn wood to create their Woodlands Eatery look. I love the birdies and woodland creatures but i’m especially enamoured with all those lampshades – sheesh, they’re lovely.


    So my kind of place – brimming with details, details, details…

    oh happy day,  i’ve just discovered my brideslavies are taking me there for lunch on Saturday..whoop whoop!

    V x

    Find The Woodlands Eatery

    2 Deer Park Ave West, Deer Park, Vredehoek, 021-801-5799

  • 14 Comments to “The Woodlands Eatery”

    1. Sharon Johnson on

      Thanks for the tip – it looks like a spot worth visiting. Would you suggest with or without children??

    2. IsaBeauPeep on

      looks beautiful, I saw when it was ‘in progress’ – glad to see the Eatery is ready for action:)

    3. Chloe Buckland on

      You better come hungry!

    4. iwantthat on

      Hi Sharon, DEFINITELY kid friendly – my friend who went there on Sunday with a friend and her child said they were fabulously accommodating. V x

    5. Lana on

      Like the look of this! Thanks Vicki, I live just up the road, can’t believe I haven’t been there since Yum days!

    6. Lana B on

      Hey Vicki,

      This looks absolutely gorg – and just up the road from me too!
      Will def be popping past soon –


      L x

    7. iwantthat on

      Hey Lana, welcome back! Yip – a new fab spot right in your ‘hood, lucky you who gets to call it their local! V x

    8. Colleen on

      Oh man. Sometimes I just live on the wrong side of the lentil curtain!! This is the second time today that I have read something about this gorgeous looking place so I shall take it as a sign that I will have to venture forth……thank you. It sounds amazing. And do enjoy your lunch with your brideslaves on Saturday! Report back! Hugs xx

    9. joanne on

      Had dinner there last night, it was superb. Food was scrummy, wine good, service excellent. Can highly recommend the Lamb Pizza! So glad to have somewhere so fabulous so close to home.

    10. Lara on

      Thanks for the recommendation. Dinner was yummy and got the last table available at 7! The wine list was the only negative of the evening-a girl likes a bit more variety and a bit more 4 and 5* on the list. Will be back.

    11. coelho on

      thx so much for the mention x can’t wait to eat there, will be there in feb!

    12. Lisa on

      Went to the Woodlands Eatery on Tuesday – decor was as divine as you had promised it would be and when I sat down I even commented to the waitress that the ‘food doesn’t interest me, it’s all about the decor …’ . Sadly my meal wasn’t the tastiest, I admit I didn’t go for the most adventurous (cheese burger) but it wasn’t brimming any flavour and I left most of it. My partner’s pasta was ‘ok’ – we will give it another try as a few of the folk I bumped into at the restaurant are def foodies and say they’ve been there a few times and I know they wouldn’t return unless the food was good.

    13. iwantthat on

      Hey Lisa, hmmm…i must admit when i went on the weekend i saw my BFF Chloe had a bit of order envy (she had the burger). my crispy ginger fish really was outstanding and i have since heard from a few others that the lamb pizza is fabulous too. I can’t wait to try some of the other menu offerings – hope your next experience holds something delicious for you. V x

    14. candice on

      I have heard good things about this spot, app the lamb pizza is amazing. Going to have to try it, are they best at lunch or dinner?x

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