Last month, I escaped the city to spend a long weekend in one of my favourite holiday spots.
I’ve previously shared photos and anecdotes from my getaways to Denmark, which is nestled in an idyllic location between the coast, karri forest and vineyards at the bottom of Western Australia.
A trip down to Denmark is inevitably means indulging in the fantastic local produce on offer in the area – wines, cider and ports from the many vineyards; bounties of cheese from many dairy producers; and fresh-from-the-farm fruit and vegies.
One of the prerequisites for choosing our accommodation was a log-fire to curl up in front during the cool winter nights and after careful consideration of several options, we chose a lovely, cosy chalet about 10 minutes from the town centre with a fantastic view of Denmark’s valleys and coast beyond.
Our little patch of holiday bliss also ended up being next door to the renowned restaurant where I’d booked lunch on our second day.
Forest Hill Winery is home to Pepper and Salt Restaurant, the superb establishment run by Chef Silas Masih and his wife Angela. The menu is a fusion of locally sourced produce combined with Silas’ love of spices and his Fijian-Indian heritage. It is quite honestly one of the most memorable fine-dining experiences I’ve ever had – and I’ve eaten a lot in my time.
Pair that with a stunning view and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Next year my best friends Siobhan and Viv are getting married at Forest Hill, with the reception at Pepper and Salt – which is why I was so eager to visit and see what was in store for us. Needless to say, I have no doubt it will be a truly wonderful and unforgettable event.
a denmark tradition | breakfast at the bibbulmun café
our hillside accommodation | karma chalets
vineyard views | singlefile winery
driving on denmark’s rally-worthy roads
vineyard views | rickety gate winery
the view of karma chalets from the restaurant balcony | pepper & salt restaurant
views of forest hill winery
soft shell crab with lemon myrtle salt & ginger tamarind sauce | pepper & salt restaurant
plantagenet beef eye-fillet with beetroot chutney & sticky pan jus | pepper & salt restaurant
poached quince, rhubarb & bircher muesli crumble with chilli orange ice cream | pepper & salt restaurant
kaffir lime & cardamom arancini with passionfruit curd & lychee sorbet | pepper & salt restaurant