What a Friend We Have in Cheese (and Wine)

Enjoy the great vibe in this English-inspired local haunt.
Open: Monday - Saturday: 11am until late
Kitchen closes at 10pm
+27 (0) 422 2317
38 Hout Street | Cape Town

What a Friend We Have in Cheese (and Wine)

I know it’s cheesy but this special is GRATE!

Wine and cheese go together like milk and cookies, peanut butter and jam, biscuits and tea, strawberries and cream, salt and pepper, bread and butter, spaghetti and meatballs, bacon and eggs, burgers and chips – the list goes on – but I wouldn’t want to activate your appetite too much (or would I?). Every Thursday Villains brings you the heavenly combination of wine and cheese for only R150.

The same masterminds behind The Village Idiot, Aces ‘n Spades, Jerry’s Burger Bar, Surfa Rosa, District and Harringtons have concocted an all-day special that is sure to be sinfully delicious. You can look forward to tucking into a board of different cheeses, toasted bread, as well as dipping sauces and chutney. This delicious offering comes with a bottle of either red or white wine which makes it the perfect meal to share with a friend, family member or loved one. ‘Everyone is welcome, even the villain’ is the eatery’s ethos so students (over the age of 18), professionals, pensioners, cheese lovers, foodies, geeks and freaks can all pull into this inner-city hangout for a guaranteed good time.

Some prefer their cheese wedged between a patty and bun, but luckily Villains makes allowances for that. If the cheese and wine special isn’t to your liking the popular watering hole has a menu of droewors and biltong, baby back ribs, burgers, pies and free-range chicken wings for you to choose from. Substitutes for wine include the Standard Lager, brewed in-house especially for Villains and The Village Idiot. The nectar is light, refreshing and goes perfectly with most of the bar nibbles, as well as the 2-for-1 burger special that runs all day, every Wednesday.

This fantastic pub-cum-bistro stocks a Peruvian Peach Cider produced by Garagista Brewing Co that regulars go absolutely bananas for (I suppose ‘positively peachy’ would be more appropriate). Because the special is all day you can treat yourself to a tasty lunch or wind down to a delicious dinner. Villains cheese and wine special coupled with the daily happy hour special, from 5pm to 6pm, would be the perfect Thursday indulgence!

You can enjoy this mouthwatering special for only R150. The generous cheese board comes with a bottle of either red or white wine. Booking is not essential, but this happening hangout can get quite busy. To avoid disappointment, especially for larger groups, we suggest you call ahead. To make a booking, call +27 (0)21 422 2317 or email

Words by Inga Sibiya



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