Tired of eating out every night when traveling? Want to come ‘home’, kick off your shoes and relax outside? You can do all when staying at Liz at Lancaster. Access to fully equipped kitchenettes in each unit allows you to enjoy meals ‘at home’ in the peace and privacy of their own space. What a boon at the end of a frenetic day.
With a Spar at the end of the block, a Pick n Pay 5 blocks away (Lancaster Centre) and three Woolworths within 2 kms, (Hyde Park, Parktown North and Valley Shopping Centre), there are plenty of stores to buy groceries. Of course Woollies has everything from frozen meals for heating up in a microwave back ‘home’ at Liz at Lancaster, to a wide selection of prepared salads, exotic snacks like smoked trout, snoek pate, hummus and dips, wraps and cooked vege dishes … nothing you could want for.
And even better there are several places close by where guests can get excellent pre-cooked meals. One of my favourites is the Pick n Pay in the Lancaster Centre where they have a daily choice of hot dishes at incredibly reasonable prices. The best is a chicken stew with creamy mashed potato and a choice of veges – all for about R35. The dishes are basic but wholesome, tasty and so reasonable. You can’t make it at home for that cost.
At the Dunkeld Shopping Centre, Fournos have a fabulous deli; a great salad bar, with lots of delish things like caprese salad, lentil and chickpea salads, stuffed peppers; and a stunning array of hot prepared dishes. It’s perfect for vegetarians as there’s a wide choice of really tasty and substantial vege dishes – stuffed sweet potato; brinjal stacks with tomato, cheese and basil; peppers filled with spicy beans and corn; tomatoes with a creamy mushroom filling; mixed grilled veges – different options daily. There’s also always a choice of chicken, beef and lamb dishes as well as fish and pasta. They also fill panini with all sorts of delectables. Mouthwatering …but be prepared, it comes at a price.
Next door to Fournos is Dunkeld Fisheries, where a sushi chef makes to order while you wait. Although the selection of fish is usually limited to salmon, tuna and prawn, the sushi, maki, fashion sandwiches and handrolls are delicious and reasonable. While you are at the fishmonger you can buy something that will keep in the fridge back at the guesthouse– smoked trout, pickled fish, taramousalata – or go retro and revisit the 70s – buy some prawn mayonnaise to have with a delicious creamy avocado.
At the Market Place in Craighall Park you can get excellent home-cooked frozen meals – pastas, curries, stews and great soups. Vegetarians are catered for – the vegetarian bobotie is delicious as is the mushroom nut roast. The quiches are scrumptious and the homemade ice-cream is to die for.
Moema’s in Parktown North is great for salads – not cheap but oh so different and good. Unusual combinations of roasted pumpkin and feta, glazed beetroot, pan-grilled tomatoes and herbs. Sophisticated fare and a real treat.
A little further afield in Illovo, the well-known upmarket grocer Thrupps has a wonderful selection of salads, cheeses, cold meats as well as precooked hot dishes. And of course there are loads of mouth-watering specialist items to tempt you.
And the Pick n Pay on Nicol Highway rivals Thrupps for scale, choice, presentation and temptation. Everything you could want and more. And there’s also a great eatery ‘Thyme on Nicol’ with a Sushi bar and an excellent light meal menu. It is always buzzing.
So stock up on a selection of meals and snacks, buy a bottle of wine and come ‘home’ to relax in the peace and privacy of your patio back at ‘Liz at Lancaster’.