Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant - The name of the restaurant was inspired by La Motte's admiration of South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957). Pierneef's creativity in portraying the beauty of the South African landscape is depicted by the restaurant's creativity in offering traditional cuisine with a modern interpretation.
The unique food styles and diverse flavours have been inspired by centuries in cooking, spiced by influences from all over the world, forming the precious ingredients of Cape Winelands Cuisine. The restaurant interior blends beautifully with the external surroundings – a fresh, natural look inside is embraced by tranquil gardens and majestic oak trees - where a Winelands Tea with a selection of home-baked delights from the Farm Shop can be enjoyed.
Dishes served in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant are based on recipes used and modified in the Cape Winelands over more than three centuries. The emphasis is on the first and oldest recipes brought to the Cape by European settlers during the seventeenth century. Through the centuries, different cultures contributed to the shaping of Cape Winelands Cuisine. Originating from the Old-Cape chefs' “lost” recipes and “forgotten” knowledge, a wealth of ideas have been gathered, all of which represent extraordinary ingredients of the regional cooking served in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.
Such traditions are still alive in Pierneef à La Motte with the use of a seasonal menu, fresh vegetables and fruit from the organic garden, the vital use of spices and herbs as well as cooking with wine – creativity of the early Cape being recreated today, for guest’ enjoyment.
La Motte has also published a cookbook called Cape Winelands Cuisine that explains the history behind the traditional cuisine of the Cape Winelands while sharing the recipes now adapted for the modern day kitchen and palates. This hardcover recipe book with beautiful photography is available from the Farm Shop on the estate and leading book shops.
From Cape Town along the N1
Follow the N1 direction Paarl. Turn left at the Klapmuts turn-off and immediately right inot the R44 direction Stellenbosch. Approximately 500m after the stop in Klapmuts, take the Simondoum turn-off and follow the Klapmuts/Simondium Road which leads to the R45. Turn right into the R45. La Motte lies on the left just before Franschhoek.
From Cape Town along the N2
Follow the N2, direction Strand/Somerset West. Turn left at the Stellenbosch R44 turn-off and follow directions to Stellenbosch (approximately 15km). From here, follow directions to Franschhoek along the R310 which leads to the R45. Turn right into the R45. La Motte lies on the left just before Francschhoek.
-33° 53' 1.47''
19° 4' 19.61''
R45 Main Road
South AfricanFine Dining
Saturday & Sunday
Tuesday - Sunday
Thursday - Saturday
Closed on Christian religious holidays