Brush up on your culinary skills while on holiday at African Relish, a leading cooking school located in Prince Albert, a picturesque village in the Western Cape region of South Africa. African Relish, with its four farm-style cottages, some of them dating back 150 years, promises you comfortable and classy country accommodation plus the opportunity to partake in their sought-after cooking classes.
Nestled between breathtaking mountain passes and Prince Albert, the self-catering country cottage accommodation of African Relish offers a family friendly base from which to explore the surrounding semi-desert Karoo. Stay in absolute comfort in these quirkily decorated cottages with their gorgeous linens on the large beds, enormous bathrooms with deep Victorian-style baths and deep, cool verandas. Choose from cottages set on a smallholding on the outskirts of the town or those set in the heart of the quaint village.
African Relish boasts a premier cooking school specialising in Karoo Cuisine with courses overseen by executive chef Vanie Padayachee, voted one of South Africa’s Top 10 young chefs. There is a restaurant open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights with a delicious menu that derives its produce from their own beautiful gardens, showpieces of indigenous and exotic fruits, organic vegetables and herbs.
There are other artisanal producers in the area from the local dairy with its award-winning cheeses to the only vineyard found in this part of the country. Feast on local delicacies such as fresh fruit, Karoo lamb, olives, olive oils and cheeses. Explore the area on foot with botanical tours, head up the Swartberg Pass to look for San rock art or take to the skies in a hot air balloon for the best views of all.