In 2008 Dee and her husband Neal joined the Overberg community as successful landscapers. When an opportunity to rent the Red Windmill became available they seized the chance and established a small garden centre that became their headquarters. However, it soon became obvious to them that the building was crying out for more… hence the venture into food. Dee is a long-time cook, having grown amongst foodie people and friends. The nursery is now closed but they continue to landscape throughout the area, with the Napier Retirement Village being their largest project to date.
The Red Windmill wears 2 hats – first and foremost, Dee and Neal are both qualified landscapers and have been in the industry for donkey’s years. Secondly and equally important, their restaurant which is known for specializing in fresh, creative, country food with a very firm emphasis on organic, home-grown, and locally sourced goods. They only use Kaleba Dairy’s unpasteurized and full fat cheeses and butter and they use only free-range meat wherever possible. And off course they use the very best Truth coffee. They grow most of their own salad and grind all their spices from seed. Dee and Neal have a strong conscience when it comes to the environment and their goal is to leave the smallest possible footprint – so you can expect only the freshest and most delicious country food from their kitchen. They are number one on Trip Advisor in Napier and received a certificate of excellence from them to prove it.
The Red Windmill is a Retro-styled place of interest, filled with items to savour and enjoy from days gone by.
Items collected by Dee and Neal on their travels and donated to them from family and members of the community – people’s wedding dresses from the 40’s, Grannies’ engagement party outfit, old gramophones, tape decks, vintage car parts, crockery and cutlery, frequently find their final and forever home at The Red Windmill. They also have farm yards on the ceiling, and old shop dummies suspended from the roof “swimming off to Arniston”. The farm stall is quirky, yet chic. Loads of fun, yet at the same time, very serious about business.
There is absolutely nothing like The Red Windmill, throughout the Western Cape and possibly even the country. Dee and Neal value our local (Overberg) trade which without, they would not survive during the winter months, and out of season periods. They have unprecedented gratitude and pride in their staff, Bradley Davids (front of house), Wilmien Smit (Kitchen manageress) and Ashwin Plaatjies (land-scaping & Maintenance) and also value their amazing landlords, Sias & Josie de Kock. The Red Windmill Farmstall is indeed a rare place with a unique and interesting twist… a one of a kind. If you haven’t been there yet ask yourself… why not?