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Barrydale Brandy Cellar Tours

Barrydale Brandy Cellar Tours Here’s a fun fact you probably didn’t know about local firewater: of all the brandy-producing areas in South Africa, Barrydale’s terroir is the closest to that of the French district Charentes, the birthplace of cognac. Simply put, Barrydale does brandy best. The cellar complex also houses the Barrydale Heritage Garden featuring the area’s indigenous flora. Hours: 8.00am...

Simply Food

Kirsten Fugard-Wentworth cooks up a storm at this bright and cheery coffee shop. Apart from a killer breakfast selection including creamy French- style scrambled-egg filled croissants, lunch menu highlights include prawn and sweet chilli cream cheese wraps and freshly baked quiches. Hours: 8.30am-4pm, Tue-Sun. Main Courses: R50. No- Credit Cards are accepted.

Old Mill Restaurant

Old Mill Restaurant The outside pergola of this historic Cape Dutch building is where the action’s at over lunchtimes, when plattelandse food like waterblommetjie- bredie and bobotie take preference. The evening menu takes things up a notch with continental hits like slow-roasted rosemary lamb and duck confit with a sweet wine and rooibos reduction. Hours: 7.30am-10pm Daily. Main Courses:...

The Old Gaol Restaurant on Church Square

The Old Gaol Restaurant on Church Square A breakfast or lunch stop at this oak-dappled café has become an institution amongst travellers passing through town. The bill of fare proffers authentic treffers such as the Voortrekkers might have enjoyed in yonder years, including roosterkoek filled with home-made jams and farm cheese, chicken pie and milk tart prepared in a copper pan in the outside coal stove. Hours...

Mez

Neatly etched off against the dark brown hues of the Barrydale Karoo Hotel, this friendly turquoise- and-white nook looks as if it’s been transplanted straight from Santorini. Chef-proprietor Michelle Berry’s menu is correspondingly Mediterranean, listing traditional meze, spanakopita and lamb kleftiko. Be sure to save some room for the delicate rose water-flavoured...

La Sosta

La Sosta Owners Gianni and Cristiana Minori focus on Milanese fare, so instead of four seasons pizza, you can look forward to masterfully crafted home- made gnocchi, pasta dishes topped with seasonal sauces, and specialties like lamb ragu and springbok fillet with truffle oil and camembert sauce. Hours: 7.00pm-close Tue-Sun; Off-season Closed Sun & closed Jun-Jul. Main...

Koornlands Restaurant

Koornlands Restaurant Located in the swish eastern part of Swellendam, this historic thatched spot is a definite must-do for dinner. The blackboard menu is chalked up with innovative ‘Cuisine du Cap’ starters of kudu fillet carpaccio and crocodile sashimi, and main courses like ostrich lasagne and duck. Hours: 6.30pm-close Mon-Sat. Main courses: R100.

Khasha Mongo (M's on Route 62)

Khasha Mongo (M's on Route 62) Perched on a red drum, donning chef’s whites and crocs, Kasha Mongo’s life-like mannequin Stanley has fooled many a passing tourist into asking him for directions. So tells co-proprietor Martina Stücker who, along with husband Klaus, puts a local spin on traditional European fare. The home-made, phyllotopped ‘roosjes van de Karoo’ gourmet pies are a big hit, as are the...

De Kolonie

Set in a historic thatched Cape Dutch building, which forms part of the Drostdy Museum, this diminutive eatery offers a fantastic raised vantage point from which to survey the goings on of Swellendam’s main road. The menu features sarmies and salads, specials like bobotie and stewed fruit, and a selection of scrummy cakes including a fudgey pumpkin and fig creation. Hours...

Clarke of the Karoo

Clarke of the Karoo Quite the character, Mike Clarke runs this renowned road-side eatery, and while the little yellow building might look pretty low-key from the outside, the food certainly isn’t. Kick off with Karoo oysters (liver wrapped in caul) served with chilli chutney, before moving on to the signature Karoo lamb curry. A mosey around the deli is a must. Hours: 7.30am- 4.30pm daily....

The Blue Cow

Things don’t get more country quaint than at this friendly little café. As the name intimates, the little blue-hued wooden shed is set on a dairy farm and, completing the pastoral picture, looks out over a carp-filled dam. Hannette Cooke heads up the kitchen, whipping up light coffee-shop treats like toasties, scones and cakes, made with mostly local, organic produce....

Alfresco @ Joubert-Tradauw

Alfresco @ Joubert-Tradauw Joubert-Tradauw' s Meyer Joubert provides the tipples, while his lovely wife Beate handles the food side of things at this delightful country-style deli. Sarmies are laden with ingredients (the cheese ciabatta for example is topped with three varieties of cheese, fresh herbs and served with home-made hummus, onion relish, tapenade, peach preserve and fresh fruit) and...

Africn Shades

Africn Shades The particularly psychedelic shade of orange cladding this daytime eatery and guesthouse makes for a happy, happening lunchtime. Game is the star of the menu, which showcases the likes of ostrich and croc burgers; and gourmet sarmies topped with alluring combos like warthog, dill, cucumber and sweet chilli, or smoked West Coast snoek with caramelised onions and apricot...

Mosaic Farm

Mosaic Farm This lovely rural retreat with sweeping views of the lagoon and unspoilt surrounds boasts a number of accommodation options from Lagoon Lodge where breakfast and dinner are included in the price to the self-catering Duminy Cottage (sleeping up to 9 people) and a romantic fend-for-yourself getaway for two at Duminchie Cottage. The newly renovated Spookhuis restaurant...

Hadeda’s Guest Lodge

The new owners have revamped this mountain- facing guesthouse with each suite given a complete overhaul. Recently awarded a four- star grading, this smart guesthouse boasts impressive communal areas, from a pool deck to jacuzzi for evening dips and a sauna. A bunkroom means budget travellers are well catered for too. Rates: R295-R425.