WASSAILING refers to the ancient custom of visiting cider-producing trees and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming years.
The Wes Hal in Uitenhage, which is under new ownership, is hoping that a name encompassing this Anglo-Saxon tradition, will bring hungry patrons through the door, leaving the restaurant after having their fill of a good harvest.
While the restaurant boasts an Anglo-Saxon tradition, the menu has only a few traditional English dishes.
These include bangers and mash, beer-battered fish and steak, egg and chips.
The restaurant has become synonymous for its Wes Hal mega burger which serves four at R130. It is served with a starch and sauce. The menu has everything on offer from what one would come to expect from a steak and grill house with a few extras such as lamb shank at R99 or a beef curry served in a three-legged pot at R59.
When we visited the restaurant, we had a starter of calamari strips served with chips or rice at R48 as a main meal and a 200g steak, egg and chips at R50. Our bill came to R160 with drinks and a reasonable tip.
Starters range in price from R20 for a garlic loaf to R78 for a starter platter which includes calamari, a garlic roll and two kinds of mushrooms – crumbed and stuffed. They also have vegetarian options such as asparagus pie or a veggie platter.
Wes Hal is better known for their upstairs bar where they create some of the best alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails in town.
Breakfast and lunch are served daily from 9.30am until 2pm while for dinner they are open till late.
They also offer daily specials.
Wes Hal is situated at 87 Graaff-Reinet Road in Uitenhage. Inquiries: (041)922-8222.