Address: R310, Lynedoch Road, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
Tel: 021 809 1188
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun 10am to 4pm
Infinite Ethical Indulgence
Eight is without doubt the Rolls Royce of ethical restaurants encountered in our search thus far.
Situated in a beautiful setting on Spier Wine Farm, one can be seated outside under the trees or inside a light and airy space with large windows overlooking the beautiful outdoor area.
All ingredients are grown on their own bio-dynamic farm or, if not readily available, sourced from local, nearby farmers. Natural and organic ingredients are preferred and local suppliers are put through a rigorous research process before being selected. Elements considered include inter alia organic certification, fair trade accreditation and labour policies.
What really impressed me was the fact that they only serve meat that is reared on their own farm, hence if it’s not on the menu…it’s not on the farm…yet.
SASSI approved fish is also high up on the agenda for this restaurant.
The blackboard menu changes daily depending on available ingredients, a challenge which the chef, Lorianne Heyns, handles with creative flair and exuberance. She has worked at some of the leading kitchens in the country including Cellars Hohenhort, Showroom and Buitenverwachting and her bubbly personality filters through to the quality and presentation of the food on your plate.
Due to the restaurant’s focus on health and whole foods, no carbonated drinks are available.
Other beverages include freshly squeezed juices and delectable, freshly made iced teas(no mass produced items here)
As regards toiletries and cleaning:
- patrons use bio-degradable soap in the bathrooms
- Only recycled paper used in bathrooms as well
- As far as possible only ethical cleaning products are used
Around 90% of all waste is currently recycled with the aim being to increase this to 100%
In fact the ultimate aim is to be carbon neutral in the near future.
The furniture in the restaurant is either recycled or made from reclaimed wood. The lights are made from recycled bottles and an extraordinary feature is the ceiling in the front of the restaurant which has been lined with over 10,000 handcrafted flowers made from recycled white plastic milk bottles. These bottles are lined with low voltage LED lights to striking effect.
Spier farm as a whole has embraced a sustainable approach to business since 1993 and its approach is centred on 2 core strategic issues:
- Spier has introduced over 400 water saving devices on the estate
- It only uses 2.6l of water per 1l of wine – when the average use is up to 5.6l per 1l wine
- They recycle 100% of its waste water which is then used to irrigate.
- Spier has invested extensively in far-reaching staff initiatives such as the setting up of a farm workers trust where the trust owns 7.5% of nearby Nooitgedacht farm
- They have also initiated an enterprise development approach which seeks to establish entrepreneurs from the previously disadvantaged community and then directing a portion of its procurement spend to these businesses.
Overall this is the perfect place to indulge in fabulous, sustainable and nutritious food knowing that utmost care is taken to prevent harm to ourselves and the planet.
Truly a five star eating experience!
For an independant review of this restaurant visit Rossouws Restaurants
Photographs courtesy of Bellananda and Spier