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McGregor South Africa – Where to Eat, What to do

Where should you dine when staying at Fountain Place Guesthouse in McGregor South Africa?

McGregor is a small village with some select restaurants providing unique dining experiences.

PLEASE MAKE YOUR DINNER RESERVATIONS, DIRECTLY WITH THE RESTAURANTS, BY E-MAIL OR TELEPHONE, THANK YOU. (If you are from overseas please do ask us to reserve tables for you!) IF TABLES ARE NOT RESERVED IN ADVANCE, YOU MAY NOT GET A TABLE ON THE NIGHT – MCGREGOR IS A SMALL BUT BUSY VILLAGE!

A meal at Karoux Restaurant (a couple of blocks up,on your left, as you head up Voortrekker Street, thatched white building with a yellow door) offers a memorable dining experience. Owned and run by Ryan and Aimee, you are guaranteed a wonderful evening. Great food, delightful candlelit ambience, indoor and outdoor seating and the best twice baked mature gruyere soufflé with a cheese and Tanagra grappa sauce ever! Voted one of the best restaurants in the Winelands by Eatout magazine 2015. Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday inclusive. Lunch: Sunday. Advance booking is absolutely essential! Tel. 023 625 1421 or SMS/whatsapp Aimee: 084 924 3324. e-mail: karouxrestaurant@gmail.com.

Tebaldi’s Restaurant  is a beautiful restaurant experience (on your left at the upper end of Voortrekker Street) and offers artfully arranged, tasty food in a fabulous setting. Inspired by Italian operatic soprano Renata Tebaldi, enjoy photographs adorning the walls and opera music playing gently as you dine. Indoor seating as well as covered outdoor seating to the rear overlooking the beautiful gardens and plenty of sunny seating at the front for ‘people watching’. Breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday and dinners Wednesday to Saturday. Booking advisable for evening meals. Tel. 023 625 1115. e-mail: temenos@lando.co.za.

Lady Grey Restaurant at Lord’s is absolutely worth a visit for a wonderful lunch experience with amazing views. It is a short drive into the hills but well worth it. Beautifully presented food, impeccable service and absolutely top class. Fine dining at its best! Visit for dinner – it really is an easy drive, only 8 – 10 minutes and the short cut/back way is just 2 roads up from us! Booking essential for both lunch and dinner. They are open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch. Tel. 023 625 1881. e-mail: info@lordsguestlodge.co.za.

Green Gables Restaurant at the top of the village offers good, country, home cooking on limited evenings – Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Lovely indoor restaurant and tables on stoep too. There is also a pub, which is popular with locals and visitors, but BRING YOUR OWN WINE as wine selection is limited. Tel. 023 625 1626.

Cafe Gourmet at 44 Voortrekker St (in the courtyard behind Grape De-Vine and The Wellness Space) serves evening meals on varied evenings. Bring your own wine (not licenced). Bookings essential: Sms or WhatsApp: 083 254 8933 to book and to enquire re. opening hours. Often open on Sunday and Monday evenings plus possibly Wednesday and Friday.

The Overdraught – Carol’s Pub – Local bar a little way up Voortrekker Street on the right (part of McGregor Country House). Tuesdays only from 5pm – 9pm – pub food. (Bar open Weds, Fri & Sat.) Possibly serving food on Friday evenings too.

Going back to Robertson you have the fabulous option of Bourbon Street. Their food is superb and they offer a large and varied menu which consists of American (New), Greek and Mediterranean, Mexican, Pizza, Sandwiches, Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi, Tapas, Tex-Mex and Vegetarian.      Open Mon – Sat 11am – 10pm. Sun 11am – 6pm (summer) 5pm (winter).                                   e-mail: dining@bourbonst.co.za or phone 023 626 5934 for a reservation.

Four Cousins is a fabulous new addition to the Robertson dining scene. Although their wine shop closes earlier, their restaurant is open daily and in the evenings (apart from Sunday evening) for quality meals in an upmarket environment. Great burgers, steak, chicken dishes, fish, etc and delicious desserts!  e-mail: info@fourcousins.co.za or phone 023 615 1505. Reservations not generally necessary.

The Robertson Small Hotel offers The Small Restaurant for daily lunch and evening dining by reservation only. Dishes are created using local ingredients and offer simple, sophisticated and strictly seasonal Italian-inspired dishes. Indoor and outdoor dining in great setting. Tel: +27 (0)23 626 7200 info@therobertsonsmallhotel.com.

Mo & Rose just outside Robertson is an excellent choice. They offer “seasonal Cape Winelands cuisine with a European twist”. Stunning setting with amazing views. Open daily for dinner 18.00 – 21.00. Reservations essential.

The Rapid River Spur in Robertson is also a good, reliable option for food of a consistently high standard and they are open every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For breakfast, lunch, and drinks and snacks during the day we have the following suggestions:

Tebaldi’s Restaurant (see above for full info.) is a delightful setting for breakfast Tuesday to Sunday.

Villagers Farm Stall a.k.a. Rhebokskraal Olive Estate (about midway on your right as you head up Voortrekker Street) offers a selection of breakfasts, plus lunch options such as soups, salads, burgers and pies as well as olive platters and drinks. They are open until very late afternoon – 5pm – so are also an option for an alternative ‘early evening meal’ if you are in McGregor on an evening when our restaurants are closed. Bring your own wine and enjoy a laid back, tasty, local meal with fresh produce – how does a great burger and a glass of wine sound? They will even stay open a little longer for you to finish your meal without feeling rushed – how great is that?! Rhebokskraal will also make you up a delicious platter for you to take back and enjoy in the courtyard. Click their link above to find out more about their olive tours too!

Flora’s Eating House & Gallery (54 Voortrekker St – on the left just before the church) Gallery & shop plus breakfast & lunch served Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun – 9.00am – 3.30pm. Great food and happy customers! Tel. 082 070 9004. e-mail: fglbarrow@gmail.com

How Bazaar is on Voortrekker Street (on the left) and is a large white, thatched property, offering coffees plus baked goods daily. They also sell a lovely selection of hand-crafted treasures, gifts, homeware & clothing. 023 625 1876. Open Mon – Sat 9am – 4.30pm. Sun 9am – 1pm.

The Eseltjiesrus Restaurant at the Donkey Sanctuary is a wonderful place to visit for ‘breakfast or lunch with a difference’! The Eseljiesrus restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch 10am – 4pm (kitchen closes 3.30pm) Thursdays to Sundays and Public Holidays. They offer a nice light meal selection as well as snacks. Enjoy a glass of Eseltjiesrus wine too! Lovely setting overlooking a pretty little dam with lots of bird life, as well as the gorgeous donkeys peacefully grazing in the fields, waiting for you to go and visit them! 023 625 1593.

Cafe Gourmet at 44 Voortrekker St (in the courtyard behind Grape De-Vine and The Wellness Space) is a cafe, deli and restaurant offering tea, coffee and light snacks as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner on various days of the week. Bring your own wine (not licenced). Evening bookings essential: Sms or WhatsApp: 083 254 8933.

Grape De-vine is a boutique wine shop and wine bar and also has a selection of wine related gifts for sale. Showcasing a great selection of wines from the area, it is the perfect spot to enjoy a  sundowner or to just watch the world go by with a glass of wine or champagne (or a bottle). Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm. 082 619 5543.

This Getaway Magazine Blog post offers some great Dining out information! “Places to Eat & Stay in McGregor”

The Monster Munch Food Truck is a popular new attraction in McGregor – rolling in to our village for an evening or two during the week (this will be updated once we know set evenings), enjoy beef, chicken and veggie burgers and wraps, etc. Usually sited near our Tourism office from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Our wonderful local McGregor Tourism Office has full information on all the restaurants and cafes in McGregor. Visit their website for info. “Where to Eat”.

Please note: It is very important to plan your evening dining arrangements in McGregor as restaurants are limited and diners are many! Please do book in advance or ask us to assist you if you are from overseas.

 What to do when visiting our beautiful village of McGregor South Africa

Visit the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary for a therapeutic heartwarming experience. Meet the beautiful donkeys, rescued from unendurable situations and given love and care as they grow old in a beautiful environment. Learn their stories as you tour with a guide and interact with these wonderful, gentle creatures. Have a spot of breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea and cake too, as mentioned previously! There is also a gift shop and secondhand book shop with all proceeds going towards the care of the donkeys.

Lord’s Winery is a beautiful ten minute drive out through the top of the village and into the mountains. Enjoy the stunning scenery and indulge in some wine tasting beyond compare! Saturday lunch tapas platters at the cellar are not to be missed!

Visit McGregor Winery just before you enter McGregor and treat yourself to a few bottles of great local wine to enjoy here during your stay or to take home as a memory of a very special place.

At 45 Voortrekker Street you will find Bemind Wyne owned by Winemaker Ilse Schutte and opened in 2015. Pop in for wine tasting Wednesday to Friday or Saturday mornings.

At 44 Voortrekker Street you will find The Wellness Space. Book yourself in for relaxing massages, ozone steam treatments and manicures & pedicures. 023 625 1023 or 079 796 2583.

The Old Post Office Whisky Bar is McGregor’s very own Whisky bar with a fabulous whisky selection plus draught beers. There is a large screen TV and locals and visitors alike will gather for the big games. 023 625 1571. Open Fri & Sat. Situated on the right hand side of Voortrekker Street, opposite the church.

Clever Girl is next to The Whisky Bar and is filled with local arts and crafts plus some great clothing.

Villagers Farm Stall also offers olive tastings and stocks the whole range of Rhebokskraal Olive Estate products as well as various other arts and crafts from surrounding areas. Olive Tours can be taken out on the farm – click here for further information.

We have also added some helpful information from TripAdvisor, below, regarding places to visit and where to eat in McGregor and the surrounding area.

 

 

 

We can never cover all the many different places to eat and places to see in and around McGregor but that is part of the beauty of visiting a new place! We hope that you find our suggestions helpful and a good starting point as you explore further in our beautiful little village of McGregor, South Africa!