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Oldest Pubs In South Africa
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Oldest Pubs In South Africa

There is no doubt about it – South Africans know how to enjoy a crisp, cold beer or a comforting glass of red, no matter what the occasion. We have a popular pub culture, especially in the smaller towns and cities. Some pubs have a lot of history and heritage, giving them a charm that just cannot be bought. Here are some of the most endearing and oldest Pubs in South Africa... The Fireman’s Arms (Cape Town) Situated on the corner of Buitengracht and Mechau streets, this pub was established in 1864. It is known for its superior meals, light snacks, beers and wines. The original building and ...
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Millers Thumb Restaurant
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Millers Thumb Restaurant

Millers Thumb restaurant, conveniently situated in the City Bowl of Cape Town, has been delighting the senses of local and international palates since 1995. When the owners, Solly and Jane, revamped this old-style home, opting for vibrant green and orange, it was clear that Kloof Nek Street was the home of one of the most exciting eateries in the Mother City. The minute you step inside, the cosy fireplace, wooden floors and friendly waitrons’ faces are only a small hint at the world-class flavours that are about to tantalise every sense and give your taste buds the VIP treatment. Having...
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Joburgs best delis and farmstalls
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Joburgs best delis and farmstalls

When the nights are closing in and the weather's nippy, long lunches and fireside dinners with friends are on the menu – preferably laden with real slow-cooked food. Delis and farmstalls are the new way to stock your shelves with food fit to share with friends, and worth the detour. Many of them stock locally supplied and home-made goodies that not only look beautiful, but also taste good. They're the budget equivalent of eating out, and in, as delis and markets supply nosh that is as easy to use for picnics as it is to translate into plate-filled fare at home. And perfect for the typical J...
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The Best Delis in Cape Town …
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The Best Delis in Cape Town …

Yesterday we took a good look at some of the best bakeries in Cape Town and today we take a look at the best deli's in town ... The Best Delis in Cape Town Deli Delish Whilst a scoot in and out will have you armed to the hilt with a series of dips, pâtés, olives, cheese, charcuterie and wines, you can also sit and enjoy breakfasts and sandwiches in style in the 120 year old farmhouse right in the midst of Hout Bay. Besides, the place buzzes, and the menu excites. Where? 8 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay, +27 (0)21 7905324 Giovanni's Some claim this is the best deli in the country. Unassuming ...
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The Best Bakeries in Cape Town…
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The Best Bakeries in Cape Town…

Cape Town is without doubt the foodie capital of South Africa. No offence to the other provinces, but the Cape is bursting with alternatives to supermarkets - sidewalk café culture, farmstalls, farmers' markets, bakeries, and delis – that make shopping out, to eat in, a complete pleasure. Our list of delis and bakeries are not exclusively one or the other – bakery or deli – many function as are both (if you provide bread, you'd be remiss not to also supply foods to go with bread). For either balmy autumn days, or lunches with friends in front of a fire, you can't go wrong with the delights ...
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Some of the Best Restaurants in Port Elizabeth
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Some of the Best Restaurants in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is the hub of the Eastern Cape and a popular tourist destination, particularly during summer. It is also bursting at the seams with awesome places to eat, often complete with stunning views of the sea. Being so spoilt for choice; we have identified some of our favourite spots to wine and dine in the Friendly City. Raasoie The inviting atmosphere of a restored old Walmer home is only the first little hint to the magnificence that awaits hungry patrons. The menu is extensive with plenty of vegetarian options. Although the focus is mainly on authentic Indian curries (such ...
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Caversham Mill Restaurant – The eternal heart of the Midlands Meander
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Caversham Mill Restaurant – The eternal heart of the Midlands Meander

It had been quite a while since I had visited the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, so I was looking forward to making the drive up from Pietermaritzburg to the Caversham Mill Restaurant, reported to be one of the best outdoor restaurants in South Africa. It was a beautiful winter’s day with clear blue skies and wonderfully picturesque countryside that the Midlands is famous for, and I felt privileged to live in such close proximity to what I will always consider a small piece of heaven on earth. Forty-five minutes later, we arrived at our destination and made our way to the establishment’s entrance,...
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Traffords Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Trip Down Memory Lane
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Traffords Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Situated at 43 Miller Street in Pietermaritzburg, Traffords restaurant is one of Pietermaritzburg’s newest culinary attractions and is a unique establishment, as I discovered when I had dinner there recently. Owned by local businessperson Penny Hatting, Traffords is a throwback to the restaurants of the 1960s and 1970s, when fine dining was the order of the day. Hatting named the restaurant after her late father, Trafford Swanepoel, who loved fine food and fine restaurants and treated his family to meals at some of the best restaurants in the country. “Trafford’s epitomises the fine dining ...
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Tandoor The Clay Oven restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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Tandoor The Clay Oven restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review

Tandoor The Clay Oven is a relatively new eatery in Pietermaritzburg that specialises in traditional Indian cuisine. Conveniently situated at 319 Bulwer Street, directly opposite Merchiston School, Tandoor is only a short drive away from most of the city’s suburbs and only a kilometre or two away from the city’s bustling CBD. But what I really liked about this restaurant was their food, which was delicious, as I found out when I visited them for supper recently. The co-owner of Tandoor, Jaswant Singh, was our host for the evening and he certainly proved to be a most gracious and polite one ...
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Nicolsons Country Cafe in Hilton – A Review
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Nicolsons Country Cafe in Hilton – A Review

Situated on the picturesque grounds of Garlington Estate in the small town of Hilton in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Nicolson’s Country Café is an upmarket restaurant that specialises in fine cuisine. Interested to see what they had to offer I visited them for lunch recently and the experience proved to be one to savour. The lunch menu is without a doubt one of the most interesting and appetising I’ve ever encountered. Starters include dishes such as Spanish-style Sweetcorn Fritters (a paprika and sweetcorn fritter topped with guacamole, crème fraiche and coriander and accompanied by chorizo...
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Tea On 23 in Pietermaritzburg – A Tea Garden With A Difference
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Tea On 23 in Pietermaritzburg – A Tea Garden With A Difference

When a friend recently suggested I visit Tea on 23 in Pietermaritzburg, I was a little surprised since I had never heard of this eatery before. As it turns out, Tea on 23 is situated a mere kilometre away from my home, at 23 Carbis Road, Scottsville to be exact. The establishment is owned by husband and wife team Rob and Carrie Boyd who have a considerable amount of experience in the restaurant industry. Carrie is well known to many Maritzburgers having run the very successful Boyd’s Café at the nearby Hayfields shopping centre for a number of years, with Rob assisting when required. How...
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The Victorian Café in Howick – A Review
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The Victorian Café in Howick – A Review

The small town of Howick in the picturesque Natal Midlands is home to a number of eateries and restaurants. One of those establishments is The Victorian Café, a small restaurant situated in Main Street just opposite the beautifully restored Agricultural Hall, one of the town’s main attractions. Despite its rather posh name, The Victorian Café is not a fancy restaurant by any stretch of the imagination, and nor does it claim or aim to be. Owners Peter and Christina Brown, who have over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, have devised a menu that offers simple and affordable, va...
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The Sticky Fig Coffee Shop and Bistro in Hilton – A review
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The Sticky Fig Coffee Shop and Bistro in Hilton – A review

Hilton is a small town that lies on the brow of the escarpment above Pietermaritzburg and is home to a number of restaurants, eateries and coffee shops. One of those establishments is The Sticky Fig Coffee Shop and Bistro situated at the well-known Rotunda centre on the outskirts of the town. We decided to visit The Sticky Fig for lunch recently to see what they had to offer, and despite mixed feelings, we all agreed that this eatery has the potential to do really well. The Sticky Fig Coffee Shop specialises in a variety of delicious hot and cold beverages such as coffees, lattés, cappuccin...
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Flavour Café in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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Flavour Café in Pietermaritzburg – A review

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as Sunday lunch with friends, and Flavour Café in Pietermaritzburg certainly delivered the goods when we visited them recently. Situated in the attractive surroundings of the colourful Dunrobin Nursery in the upmarket suburb of Oak Park, Flavour Café has to be one of Pietermaritzburg’s best-kept secrets. The beautifully decorated menu offers everything you would expect to find at a café, and more. A variety of cooked breakfast dishes, including omelettes, are served throughout day while a selection of croissants, muffins and ‘health breakfasts’ are availab...
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Snooty Fox Restaurant – A touch of class and style in the Midlands
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Snooty Fox Restaurant – A touch of class and style in the Midlands

The Snooty Fox Restaurant is an award-winning à la carte restaurant situated just opposite the entrance to Midmar Dam in the stunningly beautiful Natal Midlands in KwaZulu Natal. I had not visited the establishment in quite some time and was interested to find out if they were still serving the same fantastic dishes of previous years. When I made a telephone enquiry, the Sunday afternoon carvery was immediately recommended, and at just R140 for a genuine three course meal, I was happy to accept this recommendation. After taking a slow drive from Pietermaritzburg, we were pleased to discover...
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