Originally built in 1902, The Marine was one of several hotels that sprang up in Hermanus during the early decades of the 20th century, a period that saw a surge in the popularity of hotel holidays. But among them – just think of The Astoria, Royal, Riviera, Bay View – The Marine is one of the few that has stood the test of time and not only endures to this day but has become an iconic landmark in our town.

Perched on the majestic cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, The Marine has continuously reinvented itself and grown with the times through various extensions and renovations. Today, the original hotel, which had 21 rooms without any electricity or running water, has evolved into a modern, elegant establishment that offers luxury accommodation and a host of culinary delights. Especially during the chilly winter months, The Marine serves up various tempting offerings that make this the ideal venue for cosying up with family or friends.

Winter Breakfast Special

Start your morning with the most important meal of the day in the stylish Pavilion with its edgy black-and-white décor reminiscent of the roaring 1920s. If the weather is good, you can even breakfast al fresco in the courtyard next to the pool. Enjoy a hot ‘Marine Breakfast’ and have your pick from the mouth-watering continental buffet, all at the special price of R145 per person. The breakfast special is served daily between 07:00 and 10:00. 

High Tea

The Marine’s High Tea is served in the Sun Lounge and Bar, where you’ll be welcomed by a cosy fire on cold days. There is nothing that oozes old world charm more than a High Tea, with its tiers of delectable bite-size morsels, served alongside those classic crustless sandwiches and oven-fresh scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Guaranteed to make you feel like a princess! 

Choose from an array of teas and coffees and proceed at a leisurely pace, as the offering might appear dainty but actually amounts to a whole lot of food. On the late morning that I tucked in, I’d skipped breakfast and was still sated when lunch time rolled by. High Tea is served daily between 11:00 and 17:00 at R155 per person. I can’t think of a better way to treat a special friend or relative, or to celebrate a special event such as a birthday or a baby shower.

Weekly Winter Curry

Nothing chases the winter blues away faster than a hot, aromatic curry. Choose your favourite from three delicious curries, all served with steamed basmati rice, chutney, raita and poppadum. Your options are either a Green Chicken Curry with Thai Flavours; a Cape Malay Lamb Curry; or a Coconut, Chickpea and Butternut Squash Curry. Available for lunch or dinner at Origins Restaurant, Monday to Thursday until the end of August, at R170 per person.

Fish & Chips Friday

Friday is Fish & Chips Day at The Marine. At only R120 per person, this is your chance to indulge in a decadent, craft beer-battered hake with triple-cooked, hand-cut potato chips, caper aeoli and pickled onions. Available for lunch or dinner at Origins Restaurant, Monday to Thursday until the end of August.

Sunday Roast

For their traditional Sunday Roast special, Origins dishes up a scrumptious plate of roast beef with crispy potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The meal is also accompanied by the obligatory Yorkshire pudding, which I found surprisingly light, crispy and tasty – it changed my opinion forever of what I used to think of as a rather pointless lump of baked batter. A gorgeous jus rounded the meal off beautifully. This is a great way to enjoy a Sunday meal and quality time with family and friends without having to slave away in front of the stove. Available at Origins Restaurant for lunch or dinner, every Sunday, at R170 per person.  

Food & Wine Dinner Series

The Marine’s series of four food & wine pairing dinners will feature three award-winning Hemel-en-Aarde wineries: Creation, Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russell Vineyards. The fourth dinner featuring all three of these wineries will be an exciting seven-course pop-up by Greenhouse Restaurant.

The series kicks off at The Marine on Saturday 29 June with Creation winemaker Jean-Claude Martin and Head Chef Tronette Dippenaar joining forces to present a four-course menu paired with Creation wines. This will be followed by the second dinner, hosted by winemaker Peter Finlayson on Saturday 27 July, and the third, hosted by Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell, on Saturday 31 August. The series will culminate in the Greenhouse Pop-Up event on 28 September. This is a culinary journey not to be missed!

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