Graaff Reinet & Nieu Bethesda Culinary Route
Graaff Reinet & Nieu Bethesda Culinary Route

Culinary Route


Culinary Route Information

Great Karoo food…….

For the people of the Camdeboo, hospitality is second nature and visitors are welcomed with genuine warmth and homeliness. This culturally rich area seduces visitors with all kinds of homemade foods from milktart, ‘koeksisters’, rusks and gingerbeer to our famous Karoo Lamb and juicy Karoo venison. The venison is not genetically manipulated and has not been induced with hormones, which makes it natural and healthy. Due to its low fat content and optimal nutrition venison is good for keeping cholesterol low and is packed with necessary proteins.

A well-known dish, served in various restaurants in Graaff-Reinet, is the fillet-trio consisiting of springbok, beef and ostrich. Restaurants stock their menus with kudu, blesbok pie, kudu-salami and, of course, the world renowned Karoo lamb, which derives its unique and mouth-watering taste from the Karoo bossies which the lamb feed on. These dishes are served with delicious baked potatoes and fresh vegetables, which include glazed sweet potatoes… a firm favourite. Well known Graaff-Reinet favourites also include boontjiesop in winter and braaing in the picnic areas in the Camdeboo National Park during summer.  Malva pudding is the ideal South African dessert to round off any meal.

Pair your Karoo meal with one of South Africa’s famous wines. Although wine is no longer produced in Graaff-Reinet, the area started out as a wine producing area and still is home to the oldest Black Acorn grape vine at Reinet House. This specific vine was planted by Reverend Murray in 1870.

Feed your appetite by going on a gastronomical tour of the District’s restaurants, delis, charming coffee shops and brewery. The local Brewery in Nieu Bethesda is a one of a kind experience, where you can enjoy home-brewed ale, locally produced olives and kudu salami with cheeses specially created by the Deli. If you would like to picnic, why not visit the local home industry store and choose from their wide selection of tasty eats.

Sample the famous Karoo lamb, venison and salamis, home-baked milk tart and organic cheeses. Indulge your senses whilst enjoying local cuisine in Graaff-Reinet, Nieu Bethesda and Aberdeen.

De Camdeboo Restaurant @ Drostdy Hotel

De Camdeboo Restaurant overs a gourmet experience in a relaxed and comfortable setting and  with a Karoo influenced menu using the best available local ingredients coupled with a global influence.
The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

De Camdeboo Restaurant overs a gourmet experience in a relaxed and comfortable setting and  with a Karoo influenced menu using the best available local ingredients coupled with a global influence.The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 
Contact: 049 8922161
E-mail: zeldab@drostdy.co.za

The Coldstream Restaurant

In the shade off the majestic Norfolk pine tree, you can enjoy a gastronomic event.
Here, Inge Weich-Veheul pusues her culinary skills after a successful career as Chef-Lecturer at the South African College for Tourism in Graaff-Reinet.Her extensive menu includes mouth-watering specialities like venison, Karoo lamb traditional dishes and a variety of international cuisine. In this casual atmoshere The Coldstream Restaurant offers tantalising options for breakfast, which include among other choices, Karoo ostrich steak, Karoo lamb and Boerewors.

This popular lunch venue with an open air terrace serves meals from the grill as well as a great variety of light meals with a local and international flavour. The delectable cakes and desserts are not to be missed and which will linger in the mind for a long time.Dinner at The Coldstream has been labelled "the best food in town". The menu is of a high quality from an extensive menu. All the dishes are complimented with superb wines from their capacious selection of fine wines, which along with the cuisine would make for an unforgettable dining experience in this beautiful Karoo town.

Contact: Inge Weich-Verheul Owner/Chef
Tel+fax:  049 891 1181 
E-mail:    coldstreamrestaurant@gmail.com
Trading Hours: Weekdays from 09h00 to 22h00
                    Saturdays from 09h00 to 23h00
                    Sundays Closed
We have wi-fi facilities available. 

Polka Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bakery & Deli

Polka`s menu was developed to showcase true South African dishes with a lot of Karoo flavour. From game and venison to our legendary lamb shanks and bobotie we try to showcase the area we are so fond of.
Polka also boasts an excellent selection of estate wines for the more discerning guest.
Our Deli has a wide selection of home made jams, fudge and lots more.....

Contact: Hestie vd Mescht
Tel:        087 550 1363
E-Mail:    reservations@polka.co.za
Trading Hours: Open Mondays to Saturdays 07h00 to 22h00
                     Sundays closed.

The Blue Magnolia Coffee Shop & Nursery

Our Coffee Shop offers a range of light breakfasts and lunches which you can enjoy alongside a wonderful selection of freshly baked cakes and Illy Coffee.
We love putting together the finest, freshest ingredients we can find to try and create something special every day.We love doing this and we hope you can taste the love we put into it!

Contact: Marli or Karen
Tel:        049 891 0792
Fax:       086 774 4870
E-mail:    rautenbachmarli@gmail.com 

Trading Hours:Mondays to Fridays 08h00 to 17h00
                   Saturdays 08h00 to 13h00
                   Closed on Sundays 

The Desert Springs Spur

A warm, relaxed, family-friendly enviroment, generous portions of great tasting food; and a hearty helping of quality! 

Contact: Andrew & Caryn
Tel:        049 892 3202
E-mail:    desertspringsspur@telkomsa.net 

Trading Hours:Mondays to Fridays 08h00 to 22h00
                   Saturdays 08h00 to 22h00
                   Sundays 09h00 to 22h00 

Our Yard Roastery & Cultural Stop

Contact: Andre`
Tel:       071 870 5081
E-mail:  andrechef@hotmail.co.za

Trading Hours: Mondays to Fridays 08h00 to 17h00
                      Saturdays 08h00 to 14h00
                      Public Holidays 08h00 to 14h00
                      Closed on Sundays

The perfect place where you can relax, browse through the roastery, toy shed, t-shirt shop and art gallery while at the same time enjoying a great meal.
New to Our Yard, Johannesson Craft Liquor Merchants. 
Award winning wines, Craft Beers and Gin from Craft Distilleries all at off-sale prices 

NIEU-BETHESDA RESTAURANTS

Auntie Evelin se Eetplek          http://www.nieubethesda.info

The Brewery & Two Goats Deli  http://www.nieubethesda.info

The Karoo Lamb                      http://www.nieubethesda.info

Bethesda Arts Centre               http://www.nieubethesda.info


 



Culinary Route Points of Interest

  • Traditional Karoo food all the way! Based in the historic Parsonage Street in the “Gem of the Karoo” – town of Graaff Reinet. No 1 on TripAdvisor for both 2014 and 2015.
    Phone: 049 892 6059
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  • Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bakery and Deli. TripAdvisor Certificate Award of Excellence July 2013.
    Phone: 087 550 1363
  • The perfect place where you can relax, browse through the roastery, toy shed, t-shirt shop and art gallery while at the same time enjoying a great meal.New to Our YardJohannesson Craft Liquor Merchants – Award winning wines, Craft Beers and...
    Phone: 071 8705081
  • Our Coffee Shop offers a range of light breakfast and lunches that you can enjoy alongside a wonderful selection of freshly baked cakes and Illycoffee which is served all day. We love putting together the finest, fresh ingredients we can find to...
    Phone: 049 891 0792
  • Products you will find in store …… all homemade!!!! Tarts, cakes, (wedding +birthday), pastries, pies, rusks, koeksisters, platters (sweet and savoury), jams, pickled vegetables, chutneys and when in season, biltong, venison, fresh...
    Phone: 049 892 3212
  • In the shade of a majestic Norfolk pine tree, you can enjoy a gastronomic event at the Coldstream Restaurant. Overlooking the magnificent 130 year old Dutch Reformed Church.. the most central part of the historical Graaff-Reinet Club (Men’s...
    Phone: 049 891 1181

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