Warm, friendly and inviting are just a few of the words to describe Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort. Set in the picturesque valley of Champagne Castle, 2 ½ hours’ drive from Durban, I recently made my way there for a two night visit where I was delighted to experience a comfortable, homey atmosphere with delicious home-style cooking.
Although I didn’t eat in the bar area, the pub has a scrumptious “pub grub” menu which includes favourites such as bangers and mash, liver and onions, fish and chips and an assortment of burgers; enough to satisfy those hungry golfers after a 9 hole round.
Aside from the standard alcoholic beverages that any bar offers, the Monks Cowl Pub caters for the ladies too with an assortment of cocktails, including Margarita’s, Pina Colada and Island Iced Teas. A definite must to experience and enjoy in the presence of a cheerful, friendly barman.
In the cold winter months, guests can get cosy on the couches in the pub area and enjoy pre-dinner drinks while catching up on the day’s activities; a lovely relaxing way to start the evening.
The a la Carte menu in the main restaurant, Friar Tuck, is so extensive that I found it very hard to decide what to eat on the first night. I settled with recommendations from the Resort Manager, Donald and ordered what he had suggested.
For starters I had the Mushroom Rarebit which consisted of 2 slices of toasted Ciabatta bread topped with sautéed mushrooms, cheese sauce and dusted with cayenne pepper. It was the perfect quantity for a light starter and of course very tasty.
The recommended main meal on night 1 was memorable and one I’ll definitely be making at home. A juicy chicken breast topped with bacon, jalapeno chillies and cheddar cheese sauce. What I love about the home-style meals at Friar Tuck is that the portions are really generous; in fact they are huge. You will definitely not leave there hungry. All meals are served with either rice, chips, baked potato or my favourite, colcannon mash, which is a mashed potato and cabbage combination; scrumptious!
This is Winnie who is part of the kitchen staff, plating some main courses
I was so full after my meal that I couldn’t find the space for sweets so I decided that I wouldn’t have a starter on the 2nd night , I’d rather enjoy a delectable dessert after my main meal. This no doubt didn’t work out as planned as I viewed the menu on night 2. Shrimp cocktail is a nostalgic starter for me as it reminds me of my childhood. This ‘hors d oeuvre’ comprises of blanched shrimps smothered in a 1000 island style dressing served on fresh lettuce with a dash of brandy. Once again, the portion size was perfect and of course very tasty.
Dinner on the second night was a definite evening of nostalgia for me as I chose to order the lamb curry. Any curry takes me back to my childhood as I remember my father chopping onions and adding all the spices and seasonings to make his version of an Indian curry. Monks Cowl curry is served with rice, sambals, Raita, chutney and a fried poppadum. It was an authentic, delicious, succulent curry.
I don’t have an excessively sweet tooth, but I do occasionally enjoy ending a meal with a dessert, depending on what the choices are. I chose a dessert that once again reminded me of my childhood; a Choc Sunday made simply with ice-cream, chocolate sauce and nuts.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I think this is the philosophy at Friar Tuck Restaurant. With a breakfast menu ranging from eggs prepared different ways, to mince on toast and even Strawberry French toast, I was delighted to experience a midweek breakfast buffet which consisted of absolutely everything for breakfast. The choice was extensive and included all things breakfast from cereals, yoghurts, steamed fruit, cold meats, pastries, eggs, sausage, tomato, toast, etc….., the list goes on. All the food is really good; made with love and warmth; there’s a definite sense of hearty, home-style meals when you eat at Monks Cowl. This is a Resort that I highly recommend, not only for the delicious food, but for the professional hospitality and friendliness of the staff.
For more information about the Resort and making a booking, please contact:
Monks Cowl Telephone Number: +27 36 468 1300
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