Magalies Meander Restaurant Guide
The Magalies Meander offers an array of eateries – gourmet, bistro, fantasy, buffet, vegans, breweries & pub lunches (free beer!), lamb on the spit and even picnics on the river. Here are some of the tried and tested venues waiting for you to discover.
Black Horse Brewery – famous for its lager and ales
Many guests design their days around mealtimes and the superb cuisine. Indulge in delicious country garden style food with flair, a dining experience, “easy to get to hard to leave!”. Black Horse Brewery offers an artisanal craft brewery that can cater for weddings or conferences and as a Sunday lunch venues it has developed a following of its own. Situated on the edge of the Magalies River with lust green fields and majestic black horses, where you can take in the breathtaking views of the Zeekoeihoek valley. You are welcome to bring along your dogs but please keep them on a lead.
Valley Lodge Hotel buffet
The hotel is a celebrated dining destination with an enviable, well-stocked wine cellar catering for all preferences. Exceptional cuisine, and the background of gentle hills and valleys have earned the Lodge the distinction of being among the best is the district.
Whether enjoying breakfast outdoors on the grand terrace, lunch in the restaurant or dinner by candlelight, it will be a memorable experience. Three function rooms are available for private dining or gala evenings and by popular demand lavish meals for corporate groups and party celebrations are also served alongside the river or in the bird sanctuary close to the lake.
Goblin’s Cove Fantasy Restaurant offers a unique dining experience. Set in the beautiful Magaliesburg, near the Cradle of Humankind, the Goblin’s Cove has a superb menu and cozy train cabin accommodation for those who want to stay over. The restaurant is adorned with majestic sculptures and artwork that will take your breath away. Outside is the Fairy Grove, a magical place for kids and adults alike, with fairies and sculptures nestled in every corner. There are giant puppets, plate painting and surprises around every corner. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays (Fairy spring clean & stock take).
Gourmet Dining at De Hoek
The cuisine and 5 star services at De Hoek are internationally acclaimed. Michael Holenstein oversees his kitchens with much aplomb and finesse. The style of food served is French continental, and a new 5-course menu is designed every day, according to the freshest produce available. The menu is a combination of interesting flavours and the food is beautifully presented with a great deal of pride by a dedicated team. Wines are sourced from selected vineyards in the Cape.
The conservatory is a beautiful elegant dining room with glass french doors leading out onto the pond and trees. Brass chandeliers and mahogany display cabinets set the atmosphere for an intimate and romantic culinary delight. A private exclusive dinner can be held in the main hall, around the 20 seater mahogany table for a wonderful celebration. A private point room is available for smaller groups.
Menus are designed personally for guests and wines are chosen accordingly by Michael who in 2008 was nominated as one of the top chefs in South Africa for culinary consistency. He won junior chef of the year in 1989. He became a master chef with Chaine des Rotisseurs in 2000. The restaurant has regularly been voted as one of the top 100, over the last 10 years.
Quiet Mountain Country House
Five star, top of the range cooking with unobtrusively efficient and discreet service. Top marks for extremely rare, handmade meals that invite over-indulgence with every mouthful. The food is renowned and is a fusion of local and European tastes. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for. Our Jersey cows provide us with fresh milk, cream butter and yogurt. Free-range hens supply us with fresh eggs. All the salad greens and herbs are grown on the farm. Service is friendly, discreet and prompt.
Garden Restaurant & Picnics at Van Gaalen’s Cheese Farm
In our garden restaurant one can enjoy mostly ‘cheesy’ food and salads from our a la carte menu. Some typical Dutch dishes like ‘kroketten’ are on the menu too. Children are welcome. Our jungle gym and farm animals entertain young and old. The French ‘Jeu de boulles’ game is available as well as a giant chess game. Our farm is situated at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain and you can enjoy a picnic on the banks of the Skeerpoort River. Picnic spots are reserved for patrons of our restaurant only. We pack a picnic hamper in a basket that is yours to keep. The basket is packed for one, two or three persons and contains the following: Cheese platter, Cold meat platter, Green Salad, Pickles & Olives, Bread & Biscuits, Seasonal Fruit and Sweet Dutch biscuits. For children we pack a knapsack. Our picnics are very popular for private and corporate functions. Bookings are essential – for picnics at least a day in advance.
Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa – Sunday lamb-on-the-spit carvery
Visitors are welcomed with unrivalled country hospitality. Sundays are very special when the legendary lamb on the spit and carvery buffet is served between 13h00 and 14h30 from the braai area adjacent to the covered veranda. With inclement weather it is moved indoors to the Tudor Room. Because of our proximity to Gauteng day visitors can make it a day‘s outing and in addition to lunch book Spa treatments and experience the adrenaline pumping Canopy tours.
Die ou Pastorie – bistro
Breakfast is served from Wednesday to Sunday and offers a wide variety of breakfast fare, ranging from traditional English breakfast to a continental basket or a health breakfast. On weekends, breakfast is served from 08h00 to 11h00. Lunches are served from Wednesday to Saturday between 12h00 and 15h30 (last order at 15h00). A “bistro style” format, with a selection of simple and well-prepared foods: a choice of salads, meat from the grill, some vegetarian options and our famous pies.
On Sunday and public holidays we offer a sumptuous and decadent lunch buffet, with an amazing range of choices, being sure to meet the tastes of everybody. It’s a real feast of food, an occasion to try different recipes, to explore the traditional Italian gastronomy and to enjoy a real “convivium”. The buffet opens at 12h30.
Dinners, mostly by reservation, are served from Wednesday to Saturday from 18h00, and are organised differently. We offer a different menu each day comprised of 3 starters, 5 mains and 3 desserts, covering a wide variety of tastes – intriguing recipes from the Italian tradition.
Brauhaus am Damm – pub lunch in a brewery with FREE beer!
Brauhaus am Damm offers the ultimate in Beer. Experience elegant simplicity with German flair at this exclusive micro-brewery set in the untouched mountains of the Magaliesberg. Over-looking the magnificent Olifantsnek Dam, Brauhaus am Damm promises to earn the reputation for being the jewel of the Magaliesberg, with us you can feel free to enjoy our beer and delicious food in a class of its own, overlooking the dam, in our dining area admiring our brewery copper kettles or in our beer cellar and garden, you’ll find a space to suit your mood. Indulge in sumptuous German fused meals while exploring our beers on offer. At Brauhaus am Damm we have taken the utmost care to ensure you experience pure relaxation accompanied by warm and welcoming hospitality. Our beers are made from the finest ingredients, according to the German “Reinheitsgebot”. Indulge in sumptuous German fused meals prepared by Chef Ciaran, whilst exploring our beers. Spend R90.00 or more on your main meals and enjoy all your beer for FREE between 18:00 – 20:00.
Country Gourmet Meals at The Feathered Nest
Stay at our venue on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis & allow us take you on a taste adventure with home cooked countryfied gourmet meals inspired by Europe & adapted to Africa.Freshly prepared three course meals to delight the taste buds & feed the soul. The fresh country air stokes the appetite which we endeavour to satisfy. Suppers are plated up using recipes inspired by a European background & a passion for cooking. Our menus focus on healthy food either grown in our garden or bought from the local farming area. Good wholesome, homecooked food with the gourmet touch & presented in a way to feed the eyes as well as the stomach. Be it vegetarian, vegan, Kosher or Halaal we can adapt our menus to suit. Inventive & personalised, we strive to ensure that our guests leave with memorable experiences both from the farmhouse cuisine & from the ambiance of our venue.
The Conservatory & The Bridge Bistro – Dining at De Hoek
The Conservatory is a beautiful dining room with glass doors looking out onto the pond area and lovely gardens, with a warm, cosy ambiance. Romantic 5 course, silver service dinners are served in this dining room. Pre-dinner drinks are served in the bar and elegant west terrace. The restaurant has been selected as one of the top restaurants in South Africa over a period of many years, has won many accolades and awards and now offers a chefs training course over three years, for aspiring young talent.The Bridge Bistro, is a modern and contemporary glass enclosed dining room with magnificent views onto the bridge and riverine bush. A lighter menu is offered in this setting.
Askari Lodge – “The Old Cook Book”
For a bit of nostalgia try the Askari Lodge and enjoy your meal on the Bodenstein “voorstoep” while watching the animals wander by. In 1874 Cornelius Johannes Bodenstein bought the farm on which the lodge is built and the current restaurant is dedicate to this historical fact. A dusty, forgotten old book came to light and as the stained old paper leaves revealed this gem was in fact an old recipe book. Some of these wonderful old recipes are used with a modern Afro-Boer-Brit twist for your enjoyment. Spare a thought for these pioneers of old – who knows, you might even hear their whispers in the breeze.