Brookdale Estate has introduced private wine and dine experiences with special menus created by Executive Chef Gary Coetzee. Small groups of up to 12 people are catered for with brunch, lunch or cocktail menus custom designed and personalised to the taste of guests. There is an option of wine pairing by winemaker Kiara Scott to showcase the estate wines, including the lauded Brookdale Chenin Blanc, as well as the Mason Road range.
Private events and special dining experiences may be booked by non-resident guests and day visitors for celebrations ranging from birthdays, anniversaries and corporate events, to engagement parties and bridal showers. Depending on the nature of the event and the weather conditions on the day, the event may be hosted in any of various magnificent dining areas in the Brookdale Manor House, or al fresco at the pool house and terrace.
Depending on the season, a tasting menu could include a refreshing starter of Chilled tomato water and Parmesan tuille served with the Mason Road Serendipity Rosé 2020, followed by a Raw broccoli and avocado salad enjoyed with the Mason Road Chenin Blanc 2021. Fish Ravioli with caper and Brookdale Chenin Blanc sauce is complemented by the show-stopping Brookdale Chenin Blanc 2018, leading to the main course of Loin of lamb, wholegrain mustard mash, carrots, peas and rosemary jus served with the Mason Road Syrah 2020, before the festivities end on a sweet note with Mocca Brûlée, coffees and tea.
With some 20 years of experience under his belt in some of South Africa’s most lauded kitchens, Chef Gary specialises in delicious tasting menus. Inspired by the changing seasons and the quality of Paarl’s local produce, he brings imagination and playfulness to each dish. He also takes pleasure in putting together elegant, family-style options served in a relaxed environment while guests soak up the tranquil surrounds and natural majesty of the Paarl winelands. He says: ‘Here at Brookdale we have the opportunity to share this magnificent location and the fruit of the valley with our guests. While our restaurant is under construction on the estate, we are pleased to have the opportunity to offer the exclusivity of a luxurious private venue where we create a stylish and private, home-away-from-home experience. We are proud to offer a place to relax and entertain guests while all the details are taken care of by our professional team.’
The Manor House is surrounded by expansive gardens which may also be used for pre-drinks or exclusive picnic events.