A place we love is &Union on Bree Street. Why do we love it? Well, there are a host of reasons. It could be because of the super cool interior and the people that fill it. Perhaps it is the selection of cured meats, grilled sausages and Prego rolls. It could be the array of talented artists, The Rus Nerwich Trio, Farryl Purkiss, Tom Bryson and Lindwe Suttle, to name but a few that set the nights alights with sound. The musical selection during the day is just as great – it isn’t often that you get to hear the Talking Heads anywhere other than your own ipod. Well, maybe Algoa FM on a Sunday if you’re lucky.
St Stephen’s Church on Bree Street has seen many changes in its time. Built in 1801, the building was first used as a theatre before its conversion into a church a number of decades later. Today the building still stands, as spectacular as before, but it offers a different type of service accompanied by a new set of followers. It is now occupied by a number of adjoining establishments offering joy to foodies, fashionistas and thirsty people.
&Union is one of these establishments. Brought to us by Rui Esteves and Brad Armitage, the same duo who are responsible for creating Vida e Caffé. They have since moved on to a new line of beverages and accompaniments in the form of beer and charcuterie. Their beer salon is sleek and stylish and the setup is unlike other watering holes you will find in the city.
While their main focus is not on the coffee front, it must be mentioned there is no compromise in the quality of coffee that they offer. They are serving a single-origin from Nicaragua that provides some worthy competition. You should also know that when you order a coffee at &Union, everything that goes into your cup is organic – the beans, the milk, and the sugar.
&Union offers a great coffee but the real reason to visit there is their range of out-of-this-world Collective Sao Gabriel beer. All are organic and artisan-produced in old family-run breweries in Europe. Choose from the Brewers & Union Unfiltered Lager and Dark Lager, the Touro Tripel Ales, the Steph Weiss or the latest addition to the family, Berne, which is a cloudy amber lager. They also serve bubbly, wine and a mean margarita for those who are less into the brewed beauties.
Grazing? Indeed! The menu offers a variety of options that have been selected to compliment the beers. Think handcrafted cheeses, cured meats, grilled sausages and Prego rolls amongst others.
An experience not to be missed.
Monday to Saturday 07h00 – 23h00
110 Bree Street, St Stephens Church
021 422 2770
Photos Greg Beadle