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Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant

The name of Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant is inspired by La Motte’s admiration of South African
artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef (1886 – 1957).

Pierneef’s adoration of the South African landscape and his appreciation of the country’s diversity are reflected

in the restaurant’s focus on heritage cuisine and how it embraces cultural influences, ingredients and recipes.
His European inspirations, exceptional creativity as well as pioneering efforts in the South African art
environment, involving new techniques and various genres, also resonate with Pierneef à La Motte’s
interpretation of the history of South African cuisine and its strive towards innovation in executing modern
South African heritage cuisine.

Please note that La Motte has reopened for wine sales (online and at the estate’s Farm Shop) for delivery and collection from Monday to Thursday. The Farm Shop is open from Monday to Saturday, 09:00-16:00. Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant also delivers from Wednesday to Saturday. Tourism experiences stay closed as per the current Covid-19 regulations. Please follow us on social media for updates.


Celebrating South Africa’s culinary heritage, lunch at Pierneef à La Motte treats guests to a sophisticated à la carte menu within the restaurant’s elegant ambience, beautifully embraced by tranquil gardens.

With its refined and calm ambience perfect for extended lunch hours, Pierneef à La Motte invites guests to start their meal with shared dishes inspired by the various food cultures and stories from our rich culinary heritage – a variety of breads, spreads, salads and meats. The family-style starters are also accompanied by condiments from the pantry or Ouma se spens - fruit and vegetables pickled or preserved, chakalaka or chutney, kaiings or kluitjies... A big part of our collective food heritage lies in these additions and Chef Eric Bulpitt’s communal starter serves as an innovative introduction of our diverse culinary traditions.

Keeping with the heritage theme, but without losing the sophistication it is renowned for, Pierneef à La Motte’s à la carte menu offers a choice of main courses, individually plated with Bulpitt’s signature modern interpretation. Expect a selection that interprets authenticity and wholesomeness with the latest culinary trends. All dishes are introduced with La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche’s wine recommendations, but the acclaimed wine list does, however, also include other interesting South African as well as international wine choices.

The two-course menu of shared starter and main course costs R355 per person (wine and service fee excluded).

Desserts can be ordered as an additional course. The dessert menu is a trip down memory lane, revealing a legacy of nostalgic sweets in a way that charms and comforts.

Download a Sample Lunch Menu Download the Pierneef à La Motte Wine List

In the mood for something lighter? Also enjoy a Cheese Platter with a selection of cheese and condiments. This option is available from Tuesday to Sunday, enjoyed between 11:00 - 16:00 and cost R150 per person.


The à la carte lunch is from Tuesday to Sunday,
12:00 – 15:00.

Closed on Christian Religious public holidays.

Reservations are recommended.

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T: +27(0)21 876 8800

Please note that La Motte requires photo identification (Passport, Identity card/document or Driver’s licence) for security check-in.

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Heritage Cuisine

The unique food styles and diverse flavours of the local cuisine have been inspired by centuries of cooking and spiced by influences from across the globe.

Dishes served in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant are based on recipes used and modified over more than three centuries as different cultures contributed to the shaping of the local cuisine.

Originating from treasured personal manuscripts from the Old Cape, the oldest printed South African cookbooks, indigenous culinary knowledge and family heirlooms transferred orally over generations, a wealth of ideas has been gathered, representing extraordinary ingredients of the modern heritage cuisine served in Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant.

These traditions are celebrated with a seasonal menu, fresh vegetables and fruit from the La Motte sustainable gardens, the vital use of spices and herbs as well as cooking with wine – creativity of the Old Cape recreated today, for guests’ enjoyment.

Download the Pierneef à La Motte Wine List

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Chef Eric Bulpitt

With a passion for modern cuisine, acclaimed Chef Eric Bulpitt brings an innovative focus and modern interpretation to Pierneef à La Motte’s concept of heritage cuisine.

Spending childhood holidays on his grandparent’s self-sustained farm, Eric developed a love for farm to table cooking, sharing La Motte’s principles when it comes to authentic Cape Winelands hospitality, local produce and sustainably sourced ingredients.

Today, he enjoys introducing South African heritage cuisine, prepared in an inventive way and served with a modern interpretation. Guided by global standards and international quality expectations, Eric stays on top of trends and techniques.

Ardent about the experience of his guests, Chef Eric Bulpitt entertains both South African and international palates with his cooking skill and passion for food.

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