My GPS was giving me the most complicated, if scenic route, to Tulbach and because it was taking longer than we thought we turned into Oude Wellington's gates for luncheon. Smart move!
The restaurant had a rustic charm and a warm fire going, so that was a good start. The menu was quite large, as was the wine list, and full of old fashioned rib sticking dishes, such as tripe, marrow from bones on toast, heart, and sticky toffee pudding.
There were an elderly couple, who ordered soup and a pudding and a young American family, of five, as the only other patrons, so the chef was not exactly rushed off his feet. And for such a small clientele I felt the food took too long to be plated. Even the soup was over half an hour to come to table. But that said the slowness of bringing the food was the only niggle I have with the Oude Wellington.
Jill ordered Vineyard Snails as a starter. They called it some fancy name but they were really Snail Spring Rolls with Tzatziki. The pastry was slightly thick, but she really enjoyed them and Dutch Owner Chef John Tecklenburg was not stingy with the snails. My starter was Fiery Chicken livers on a crispy Potato Basket. If I had known the size of the portion I may well have not had the main course that I did. The livers were well cooked and spicy. The potatoes were crispy on the outside, with a soft mash interior that soaked up the gravy nicely. I really enjoyed this dish.
For main course Jill had Ox Tongue with a Gherkin and Grain Mustard Sauce and Veggies. Again a huge portion and the tongue was as soft as butter. She really enjoyed it. I went for another old favourite Sheep's Heart in a thick gravy and veggies. I have not had heart since, well a very, very long time ago and I was a bit apprehensive as to whether I had made a bad choice or not. It was definitely the right choice. The hearts were soft and the gravy thick and full of flavour. The vegetables were well cooked, especially the fried Corn Ball, which I could have had many more of ! The only thing missing was a chunk of fresh bread to mop up what was left of the sauce, but then again it would have been a struggle to push it down into my tummy as it was so full. That being the case we skipped pudding and although my heart was screaming out for me to try one, my head ruled much more sensibly!!
I had a glass of white wine, and Jill a coffee and a bottle of sparkling water. With tip it came to R560. It was an enjoyable experience with old fashioned food given in generous amounts. Definitely a return visit when we are next in the area.