Posts Tagged "Sunday Spring Classics"


There are all sorts of delights awaiting you at Dutchies, from the multitude of Indonesian dishes our chefs are preparing for the Indonesian Rijsttafel tomorrow night; to the sweet sounds of music by Roger Summer on a Sunday; to the glorious Grotto Beach with the whales having a ball in full sight; and the divine duo of Sound Image performing for us at the end of the month. It’s summer, even if there is a bit of sea mist now and then, so get out and enjoy...

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Easy does it!

Easy does it!


Posted on Sep 9, 2014

Ease yourself into these gorgeous days of Spring How are you coping with Spring? The heady whiffs of freshly blossomed flowers and fresh ocean breezes; the myriad of colours and abundance of birds and the longer, more active days can be overwhelming. (Not to mention the need to adjust your wardrobe or mustering up the courage to expose your not-quite-summer-ready self to the world.) Relax! Ease into Spring with long walks on Grotto to get back into shape followed by a healthy and delightful meal at Dutchies. Bring your friends, the kids and the dogs and be sociable. Our convivial Indonesian Rijsttafel is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, there is light and inspiring music for you to enjoy on a Sunday and our Chefs are filled with the joys of Spring and creating some scrumptious new dishes. (Try the new Risotto we’re preparing this Wednesday!) Before you know it you’ll be ready to put on your dancing shoes and swing into summer with Manouche who are performing on the 3rd of October. Remember to take a happy snap when you visit Dutchies and post it on our Facebook page or tweet it to enter our photo competition. There’s a winner every month from September to...

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Spring is here!

Spring is here!


Posted on Sep 2, 2014

Spring is here! Spring in Holland is always welcome after a long autumn and winter and, like Hermanus, the Dutch celebrate it outdoors. Terraces are cleaned and chairs put outside. People head for the beaches or parks, they cycle through flower-bulb fields or go on an asparagus hunt. Restaurants and cafes set up tables outside for patrons to enjoy the sunny days and people gather to enjoy live music outdoors. In Hermanus we are lucky because the weather is such that we can use the terrace all year round – even in the winter, but we have planned several outdoor music events to enjoy on the terrace now that it’s Spring. We have your favourite band coming to play on Friday the 3rd of October for the start of the Whale Festival – Manouche. So get out your diaries and save the date – or better still, book now. While you’re at it you may want to mark the 16th of September, Prinsjesdag, a very important day for the Dutch that we’ll be commemorating with some traditional Dutch desserts fit for royalty on special. Mark the 19th of September if you’d like to enjoy our monthly Indische Rijsttafel. This is Chef Wayne’s first Rijsttafel with us and we can’t wait to see what dishes this cuisine inspires him to create. So put on your skirts (or shorts) and head to Dutchies to greet the first days of Spring. Remember to take a happy snap when you visit Dutchies and post it on our Facebook page or tweet it to enter our photo competition. There’s a winner every month from September to November....

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Sunday Classics this Spring

Sunday Classics this Spring


Posted on Aug 27, 2014

The talent of our first Sunday Classics will surprise you as much as he did us. Born into a musical family in London, Roger Summers has music in his veins. Roger will be performing some of his favourites on the keyboard including romantic pieces by composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Ivor Novello, and the wonderful melodic music of the 1930 onwards. This is the kind of music one rarely has a chance to listen to at a live performance, but now you can on Sunday evening at Dutchies. Inspired by his grandfather, who had a small band in London, Roger started piano lessons in 1941 and has played for pleasure ever since. In the 1970’s he bought a house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, which had a large living room, where he hosted musical evenings once a month. The players were mostly retired professional musicians. Occasionally he would accompany singers or play his favourites, Brahms and Schubert. In the 1980’s Roger and his partner decided to have a holiday in South Africa and a musician friend of theirs, Gloria Judd, gave them an introduction to a South African pianist, Lionel Bowman, who used to play at The City Hall Cape Town. They fell in love with Cape Town and bought a house in Camps Bay to occupy during the European winters. Roger’s partner became terminally ill and he told him that when he died Roger should leave the UK and live in Cape Town. Roger says that it was probably the best advice he had ever had. For a couple of years Roger used to be one of the Swallows but decided it was not a satisfactory way to live. He moved permanently to South Africa in 1994 and decided Hermanus was the most beautiful place to be and bought a house in Hermanus Heights. His Partner, Christo, is South African, and they visit Dutchies regularly. For fun Roger downloaded some of the music he plays and sent it to Joke and Daan. We thought it would be a lovely idea for us to have a special evening with Roger playing the piano – or even special evenings…and the idea of Sunday Classics through the Spring was born. Join us on 31st August for a performance we know you will enjoy. After all, “music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the soul”. Book Now...

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