McGregor South Africa – Where to Eat, What to do
McGregor South Africa – affectionately known as a ‘dorp’ – a small, rural, town or village – McGregor is quaint and quiet, not packed with shops, restaurants and other businesses, like larger towns. It is particularly popular for walking, cycling, bird watching, wine tasting in McGregor and surrounds and galleries. The village comes to ‘life’ from Wednesday to Saturday but is very quiet from Sunday to Tuesday. It has its own ‘eccentricities’ and owners of its few shops and restaurants may change their opening hours on any given day or perhaps not open at all!
Below is information to help you plan your visit but please check with establishments to make sure they are open and do book your table for dinner in the evening!
For up to date information we always recommend contacting McGregor Tourism Office. Tel. 023 625 1954
Where should you dine when staying at Fountain Place in McGregor South Africa?
McGregor South Africa 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 SMALL AND RESTAURANTS CAN BECOME FULLY BOOKED VERY QUICKLY!
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 1871 or 023 625 1115. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Kitchen (Synergy Groove) is open Tues – Thurs 5pm – 9pm, Fri – Sun midday – 5pm. For enquiries and reservations whatsapp 072 306 1390 or e-mail: email@example.com. The restaurant is newly opened and they are still deciding on finishing touches but we can confirm that they have a lovely big fireplace warming the venue and that the food is excellent! A variety of steaks are on offer, as well as chicken schnitzel, burgers and fish, plus new additions coming. Bring your own wine or check with them to see if they are licensed yet. The restaurant is next to the Police Station in Voortrekker Street. They also often show popular rugby on the big screen and offer food and drinks for this.
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 (12 – 2pm & 6 – 9pm) and on Sunday for lunch (12 – 2pm). Tel. 023 625 1881. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Gables Delicious dinners served in the homely Dining Room or on the panoramic terrace. At the top of Mill Street. Open Fri & Sat evening, bookings essential. Friday nights: The R100 one dish wonder. Saturday nights: Set menu. Tel: 023 625 1626; 082 390 5494; 082 872 3211.
51 is generally open for Monday dinner from 6.30 – 8.30pm. Bring your own wine, not licensed. 51 Voortrekker St. Whatsapp to enquire and book: 083 675 0403.
For something a little different Bemind Wines offers ‘cheese & jam’ or ‘curry mince’ vetkoeke on selected Mondays from 17.00 – 20.00. Enjoy a casual bite with a bottle of garagiste winemaker Ilse Schutte’s handcrafted wine. **Not every Monday!**
Misa Deli offers traditional South African braais outdoors in their garden Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sun. Bookings essential, 079 663 2828.
Venturing out of McGregor South Africa and 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 an option for food 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 or lunch Tuesday to Sunday.
How Bazaar is on Voortrekker Street (on the left) and is a large white, thatched property, offering coffees plus sandwiches & 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! 082 717 3963.
Sistars – Fresh bread, cakes, pies, etc. Tasty take-away treats. Mon – Sat: 9h00 – 17h30. 076 755 1048. At The Old Hotel, Voortrekker Street. 5 minute walk.
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.
McGregor Ice serves Gelato in various flavours, plus delicious waffles. Open Wednesday to Sunday 12.00 – 18.00. Next To Karoux, cnr Tindall and Voortrekker. Usually also has a Saturday afternoon food market serving food such as pizzas and various sandwich, pasta and tortilla type light meals. Bring your own wine along (or pick up a bottle from Grape De-Vine) or enjoy a selection of organic juices or pick up some bits to enjoy later.
51 is open for breakfast, morning cakes and lunch Thurs – Sun 9am – 3pm. 51 Voortrekker St. 083 675 0403.
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 attraction in McGregor – rolling in to our village for an evening or two during the week, often on a Tuesday. Enjoy beef, chicken and veggie burgers and wraps, etc. Usually sited near our Tourism office from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Our local McGregor Tourism Office has up to date 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 may be many! Please do book in advance or ask us to assist you if you are from overseas, or if you need help in any way. Establishments may change their opening hours so please check with them directly.
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 68 Voortrekker Street you will find The Wellness Space. Book yourself in for relaxing massages, ozone steam treatments and manicures & pedicures. For bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp 083 254 8933.
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 Mon, Weds, Fri & Sat. evenings 18hrs – 20hrs. Situated on the right hand side of Voortrekker Street, opposite the church. **not sure if this is open or not**
How about a Wine Tour? Contact Danie and Helga Van Schoor for tours of wine estates in either McGregor or Robertson. A wine tour in McGregor includes Lord’s Wines, Tanagra, Bemind Wines and McGregor Wines. A tour in Robertson will usually include about five cellars – Springfield, Bon Courage, Excelsior, Van Loveren and Zandvliet are their standard visits with lunch at Van Loveren. Other options are Viljoensdrift, Esona, De Wetshof, Four Cousins, Graham Beck, Marbrin Olives, Owl’s Rest (lavender and olives) and Rialheim Pottery. Collection and drop-off at Fountain Place.
Robertson Tours offer wine tasting and food & wine pairing tours, in their 1964 Holden special classic car. Tours last four hours with visits to up to 4 Wine Estates – Van Loveren Family Vineyards Viljoensdrift, Springfield Estate, Robertson Wineries. Pick-up from McGregor.
Hiking from Greyton?
Hikers are very welcome! Please note though that our elegant breakfast is only served from 8.00am so do allow time to enjoy your meal before departing for your hike! Alternatively we can provide a packed breakfast box, if planned in advance, for you to take with you to enjoy on your hike, should you wish to make an early start to the day!
We ask guests to please make their own arrangements regarding transport from and to Die Galg, to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings.
Van Schoor (as listed above) offer an extremely efficient and reliable service.
Other transport services that we know of:
Smittie: 082 666 9884
Geoff Brownrigg: 023 625 1590
Alternatively try contacting McGregor Tourism for other options: 023 625 1954 or e-mail email@example.com
Tripadvisor map of McGregor
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 McGregor and the Robertson Wine Valley 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!