Right on the front door of the V&A Waterfront, lies the The Portswood Hotel. A hotel that is renowned for both it's superior accommodation & relaxed atmosphere. So glad that #WineRoutingWithLloyd got to spend some time here.
The historical hotel lobby & restaurant are actually built around the original well & holding cells for prisoners that found themselves on their way to Robben Island around 300 years ago. The hotel honours the history & have kept so much of the original building in tact for you to experience.
With 103 hotel rooms, you will definitely find one that perfectly suits your needs. I opted for the Studio King Room, which is a larger open-plan room that has a separate lounge area with a very luxurious bathroom with a separate shower. A really comfortable & beautifully finished room that exceeded my expectations.
Then I think I need to bring up the fact that the Quarter Kitchen, (previously known as The Quarterdeck) have some exciting new dishes to celebrate not only the name change, but also a new menu of traditional Cape Malay meals & the publication of a special cookbook with all these sumptuous recipes.
The new menus is inspired from the spicy & aromatic dishes that have been prepared since the late 17th Century. With a bit of gourmet fusion, the Quarter Kitchen has taken the traditional style of cooking & turned it into a sophisticated gourmet fare.
Be prepared for a feast of delicious authentic Cape Malay dishes. I was lucky enough to do a small sample of a few of them.
An array of curries that are perfectly spicy & won't leave you grabbing for that glass of milk.
Seafood, Lamb, Chicken & even Vegetable, with more options to choose from. (My personal favourite here was most definitely the chicken curry, with the chicken so soft & tender, but still nice & succulent.)
No lunch is complete without a good old G&T. The Quarter Kitchen has a nice G&T cocktail menu that will have you ordering more than just one.
Naturally there is a great variety of starters to choose from too. Samosas, Dhaltjies, Half Moons with an array of Sambals.
Then, if you still have space for a dessert, then you should have a good look & make your decision quickly, because I ended up changing my mind a few times on this one. But I rate the Milk Tart was definitely a winner!
Also, just check out the roof trusses in the restaurant. Those are still the same one from the original prison holding cells! It really is something incredible to go see.
What a view from my bed...
Thanks to the Legacy Group for hosting us & the incredible stay over. #WineRoutingWithLloyd will be back.
Check out The Portswood Hotel here.