Karoux ‘I don’t do jus,’ warns chef Kurt Middleton-Le Roux. Honest food is king at this deservedly popular new eatery run by Kurt and husband André Middleton-Le Roux. The menu, with its focus on fresh, locally sourced quality fare, changes regularly. Almost everything is made on site. Karoux fills up quickly so it’s best to book in advance. Open 6pm-late Fri-Tue; Noon-3pm Sun...

Eseltjiesrus Country Kitchen

Eseltjiesrus Country Kitchen After visiting this beguiling retirement home for abused and neglected Eeyores, pop in for a meal too. A technicoloured roadside windmill points the way to this country spot. Dig into hearty country classics like lamb curry and lamb shank pie. On the weekend, you’ll get a tour of the compound; and a chance to scratch a doe-eyed fellow or two between the ears. Donations...

Café Tebaldi’s

Café Tebaldi’s Named after opera singer Maria Tebaldi, this eatery dishes up Mediterranean fare with an international twist. Chef André Wyngaard gets his inspiration from years of travelling the globe and vegetarian and Italian dishes are his passion. Décor is zen-farmhouse-chic; sit in front of the fireplace in winter or dream away summer days on the stoep. Open 8am-5pm Tue; 8am-3pm...


Suikerbossie This gorgeous three-bedroom cottage boasts silky smooth 200-thread count linen. The living areas all open onto the stoep or patio area via French doors. Or chill-out under the pergola by the pool. Rates R750-R2000. No credit cards are accepted here.

Royal Hotel

Royal Hotel At 148 years old, the Royal is the oldest licensed hotel in the Western Cape. Its landmark stoep was added in 1929; with deep art deco chairs it’s the perfect place to sip a gin and tonic. There are 10 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, a pool and manicured lawns. Rates R750-R875.

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock Named after the rock on the nearby Bain’s Kloof Pass, the winery offers self-catering guest rooms, fully equipped including braai facilities. The estate is in the foothills of the Kasteelberg with fantastic views of the mountains and valley where you’ll be surrounded by game, farm animals and vineyards. Rates R200. Credit cards are not accepted.

Old Oak Manor

Old Oak Manor has just four rooms plus a loft suite and a private cottage. With no television in the room, it’s truly a get-away-from-it-all place, and you get to help yourself to complimentary tea, coffee and rusks in the dining room. Rates R375-R475. Contact Old Oak Manor at 022 448 1170 for reservations.

Kasteelberg Country Inn & Bistro

Kasteelberg Country Inn & Bistro Built in 1911 and restored in 2002, the inn is located conveniently on the town square. Allan Barnard and Julien Debray are your hosts whose message is ‘this is your home too’. Enjoy their hospitality in one of six double rooms each with their own character. The Bistro is open daily (except Tuesdays) for no-frills breakfasts under R30 or the signature roast duck. Rates...

The Olive Boutique

The Olive Boutique Juliana and Michael Meredith imported the first olive press in the valley 10 years ago and now customers will drive from as far afield as Port Elizabeth to get their olive fix. Taste, buy and indulge in Juliana’s philosophy that olives can be enjoyed all day long, from the tapenade with your eggs on toast in the morning to a massage at bedtime. Open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri; 10am-...


Owner Annalene du Toit was honoured as Sanlam’s female entrepreneur of the year 2008/9 for the business she started in her kitchen. In the revamped tasting room you can sample Annalene’s more than 30 delicious products including honey, figs, jams, tapenades, pestos, salsa, salts and of course olives in every shape and form. There is also a gorgeous range of olive oil...

Het Vlock Casteel

Het Vlock Casteel Johan and Ansie Vlok are your hosts – he’s the farmer of olives and fruit, while she is the food scientist and creator of dozens of products on sale. They also make wine and olive oil. Take the time for a tutored tasting. There is also a restaurant with a deck boasting fabulous views, as well as farm tours. Open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat.

Ed’s Diner

The quirky drawcard here is the fact that the owner Ed Ketel collects old cars, the oldest being a 1933 Austin 7. There are also vintage Fiats, Jaguars and a 1961 Morris Minor. They all run, are available for hire and are for sale on the menu. More edible items include hot dogs, burgers, calamari and steaks. The Sunday roast is popular. Open 8am-10pm Wed, Fri, Sat; 8am-...

Café Felix

Café Felix Café Felix adjoins Old Oak Manor, and is popular for its chalkboard menu of French/Italian-inspired country cuisine. Ease into the day with bacon and scrambled egg under the avocado tree, where you’ll be soothed by the water feature. Open 8.30am-10pm Tue-Sat; 8.30am-5pm Sun, Mon. Main courses R80.

Bar Bar Black Sheep

Bar Bar Black Sheep The shady courtyard with mismatched furniture and bead-and-wire sheep sets the tone for the eclectic Mediterranean/South African menu, which changes with the seasons. Look out for specials like heavenly tempura courgette flowers or the Persian chicken. The wine list provides amusing reading. Open 11.30am-close Wed-Fri; 9.30am-close Sat; 9.30am-4pm Sun. Main courses R85.

Auntie Pasti

At night colourful paper lanterns and candles sup-ply the light as you sit outside and tuck into delicious meze platters made to order. Mix and match your favourites like veal tonnato, beef carpaccio, ricotta fritters, aubergine salad and more, depending on what’s available in the area and in season. If there’s space, move on to robust mains like osso buco or home-made...