We recently did a bit of a road trip to Malelane in Mpumalanga and spent a night en-route in the quaint town of Dullstroom. Although we had booked a self catering unit at Treelands Estate, who really wants to self cater when there is such a choice of restaurants to dine at?
After strolling through the town on our arrival two venues caught our eye; The Royal Coachman and The Mayfly. We decided on The Mayfly and reserved a table but after chatting to our host at Treelands and asking his opinion of the two, he summarized by saying that The Mayfly catered more for Sandton while the Royal Coachman catered for Dullstroom. Well, that swayed us and after canceling at The Mayfly we headed for the Coachman!
Being a Thursday evening, the town was relatively quiet and apart from a table of smokers wrapped in blankets at a table outside, we were the only other table in the house. The interior was gorgeous; walls painted in rich reds and blues with beautiful art work and both the log fire and wood fired pizza oven kept the room toasty warm.
It had been a long day on the road and we had managed to squeeze in a 5km run before dinner so we didn’t dawdle over the menu! For starters I chose black mushrooms topped with spinach and baked with a healthy dose of cheese! It was utterly delicious. My husband had his staple starter … Snails.
For mains I had beef lasagne. I didn’t feel like a big hunk of red meat and I’m also trying to steer clear of carbs so the beef lasagne seemed like a good choice. It was perfect, a big enough portion that I ended up sharing it with the ever-hungry husband and served with a super fresh salad it was just right.
The other meal ordered was a 200g steak served with chips (although the other starch choices are rice or mash), creamed spinach and butternut. All of this was washed down with a bottle of Arabella Merlot. The waiter had recommended a bottle with a R165 price tag but we didn’t think that was necessary.
We were too full for a pudding of any sort so called it a night. We really enjoyed our meal and the friendliness of the two waiters who were a credit to the restaurant. So, next time you are in Dullstroom give the Royal Coachman a try!
Find the Royal Coachman at: 77 Naledi Drive in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga
Telephone: +27 (0)81 828-2433