Out and about in Simon’s Town
Somewhere up there, in that cluster of Victorian-era balcony designs or just beyond, lurks a place where they serve great steaks: the Captain’s Table.
To get there, you have to enter the famous Two And Sixpence Tavern, which is packed with cherry-faced party animals, a two-piece girl-and-guy band that sounds like ZZ Top in concert with Aerosmith, and a smiling front manager who shows you the way upstairs.
I still thrill to the fact that both Lord Horatio Nelson and Captain Kidd once ambled down this old street on their way to their ships.
It’s an intimate room overlooking the Simon’s Town Historical Mile, and I still thrill to the fact that both Lord Horatio Nelson and Captain Kidd once ambled down this old street on their way to their ships – or some downtime in a tavern like this.
Back then, Simon’s Town was a little noisier than it is today. It welcomed all manner of Indian Ocean pirates, British Royal Navy sailors, merchants, whalers and soldiers to its midst.
And there must have been dozens of little top-floor eateries like the Captain’s Table we’re visiting.
Surrounded by many, many wine racks groaning with many, many full bottles, the main feature of the menu is steak, steak and, yes, let’s have some more steak.
The Captain’s Table is called the ‘best-kept secret in Simon’s Town’, but a rather more visible nosh spot in this historic little seaside village is the Harbour View Cafe across the road.
Omelettes for breakfast are the order of the day, and a stunning view over False Bay is the ‘hero’ of the morning. With the sun just darting out over clouds, the boats and the harbour setting bring a Scottish seaside to mind.
For lunch, you can always return to the old Two and Sixpence Tavern for a toasted something or some sticky spare ribs to keep you going through the afternoon.