Restaurants in the Valley

The restaurants in the Elgin Grabouw area offer cuisine mainly sourced from local organic fruits and vegetables and free-range meat.

Elgin Railway Market

T. +27 21 204 1158
Contact. Roger Orpen

Here is a one-stop-Elgin-shop for fresh, artisanal food and produce from hearty curries to gourmet sandwiches and ribs and chips. And of course, local wine and local in. and Elgin Railway Market is the brainchild of businessman Roger Orpen. He converted the old apple warehouse into a bustling steampunk station market boasting local vendors and live music. Inspired by the barn's railway-side setting, Orpen took his creative cues from the invention of steam and the industrial age, milestones accompanied by the rapid development of rail networks across the world. Creating a beautiful space where art deco meets Victorian, the Market is unlike any other in South Africa.

In partnership with the Ceres Rail Company, the arriving train's whistle and steam is a must-see.

Elgin Vintners Tasting Room

Address. Ridgelands Gate, Appletiser Road, Elgin
T. +27 (021) 848 9587
Contact. Chrisma Johnson

Monday to Sunday 10h00 – 16h00 (please enquire during Covid-19 for correct details)
Closed on Christmas and New Year

The newly opened Elgin Vintners Tasting Room is an ideal destination on a visit to the scenic valley of vines and orchards, to taste their distinctive cool-climate wines and enjoy a cheese platter or picnic with spectacular views of the valley, farmlands and surrounding mountains.

Wine-and-cheese pairing is presented with artisan cheeses by Kasselshoop of Stilbaai, and the tasting room offers a menu of cheese and snack platters, light meals of quiches and salads and a selection of pizzas baked in the wood-fired oven. Picnic boxes filled with locally produced treats and seasonal fruit can be booked in advance to enjoy on the deck or the lawns.

Elgin Vintners wines can be bought by the glass or bottle to enjoy with a meal and are available for sale from the tasting room.

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Her Harvest

T.  +27 21 849 8772
M. +27 71 719 8804
Address. 73 Highlands Road, Elgin
Contact. Pamela Mabhutsu

Take a break from the busyness of life, come and reconnect and nourish your body with our plant-based food made with love, care and organic ingredients from our vegetable garden. Our restaurant is open Friday 12h00-15h00, Saturday and Sunday 09h00-15h00. Farm shop open Wednesday – Sunday 09h00-16h00. Please note that events and private functions can be arranged outside of these times.

Houw Hoek Hotel

T. +27 28 284 9646
M. +27 74 148 7638
Address. N2, Houw Hoek, Grabouw 7160

Our main restaurant seats 100 guests and serves delicious à la carte lunches and dinners daily. We are well-known for our scrumptious breakfast buffet, delectable and relaxed lunches and delicious dinners, complimented by an award-winning wine list which includes the finest local wines. Our sophisticated menu blends traditional South African cuisine with modern innovations from renowned chefs. On Saturdays we host our famous Dinner Dance. Join us for drinks or a delicious meal on the terraces with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

The Melting Pot at The Pool Room

T.  +27 21 859 4110
M.  +27 72 309 5530
W.  oak
Address. Oak Valley Estate, Elgin
Contact.  John van Zyl

The Melting Pot is a summer pop-up  headed by Chef John van Zyl.  John was previously Head Chef at Thali and Chef’s Warehouse before starting up The Melting Pot Cafeteria in Cape Town. It’s a flavour packed global food experience. We’re bringing the world to Oak Valley, since we can’t take ourselves to the world.   We’re open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, 12h00-16h00 and then picnics in the garden from January. Our tables are mostly outside overlooking the pool, which lends itself to safe outdoor dining.Bookings can be made through our website using Dineplan

The Melting Pot offers garden picnics under the trees. Menu and bookings available on website.  These have to be booked 24 hours in advance and one picnic box serves two people.


The Orchard Farm Stall

T.  +27 21 859 2448
M.  +27 82 376 8817 / +27 78 181 3072
Address. Corner of N2 and Oudebrug Road (R321), Grabouw
Contact.  Carol-Ann Snyman

Traditional Elgin/Grabouw family-friendly farm stall and event venue with bakery, licensed bar and restaurant and wine shop selling fine local and regional produce

Peregrine Farm Stall

T.  +27 21 848 9011
Contact.  Chantel Meyer
Address. N2 & R321 Intersection, Grabouw

Established in the sixties, Peregrine has been serving generations of travellers seeking honest homemade fare and warm country hospitality. Situated in the beautiful and fertile Elgin Valley, Peregrine offers an abundance of locally sourced artisanal goods and wholesome, responsibly farmed, fresh produce.

South Hill Cool Climate Vineyards – Restaurant

M.  +27 21 844 0888

Restaurant open from Friday to Tuesday.  Breakfast from 08h00, lunches until 16h00.   Open for wine tastings every day until 17h00.

At South Hill we strive to create the quintessential neighbourhood restaurant, somewhere to kick back and relax – enjoy a leisurely breakfast, a generous country style lunch or to celebrate special times – a romantic meal, wedding, birthday lunch or make merry with a glass of your favourite South Hill vintage. We advise calling ahead to make a reservation.

The Barn Restaurant at Old Mac Daddy

T.  +27 21 844 0241
M. +27 79 276 9342
Contact.  Hulandi Bester / Leon Roux

Open daily from 08h00-22h00. Day visitors are welcome too. Please call in advance as we may be closed for private functions.

The Hickory Shack

T.  +27 21 300 1396
M. +27 79 986 8684
Address. Thandi Estate, N2, Elgin Grabouw
Contact. Dries

The Hickory Shack is an authentic Texas style BBQ restaurant located on a scenic apple farm in Elgin, Grabouw with awesome mountain and forest views. We serve a variety of slow cooked meats such as pork ribs, brisket and free range chicken along with some unique homemade sides. Although we specialize in smoking meats, vegetarians will also find something to enjoy from our menu. You can expect some of the best Texas style BBQ in SA combined with a relaxed atmosphere and excellent service.

The Café at Highlands Road Estate

M.  +27 71 271 0161

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11h00-16h00

Elgin Grabouw Country Club

M.  +27 82 335 7071
Contact. Petra Landman

Fully licensed bar and restaurant with dramatic nature scenery from the wide veranda surrounding the club house overlooking the Eikenhof Dam and Hottentots Holland Mountains. Venue hire with catering options available for private functions. Restaurant trading hours: Weekdays: 17h00-21h00, Saturday: 10h00-17h00 Sunday: 10h00-14h00 (Monday/Thursday: CLOSED). Please note that events can be arranged outside these Restaurant trading hours. Please call in advance to make bookings and to confirm if we are open and not closed for a private function.

Elgin River Lodge – The Toad on the River

T.  +27 21 846 8345
M. +27 72 927 4807
Contact.  Cassandra Hagglund
Address.  Mofam Farm, Appletiser Road, Elgin

The breakfasts, served buffet style are legendary and our restaurant, The Toad On The River, is fully licenced and has a warm and inviting pub style. It is situated on the banks of the Palmiet River with a la carte lunches and dinners served daily. Venue hire with catering options available for private functions. Please call in advance as we may be closed for private functions.

The Pool Room at Oak Valley

T.  +27 21 859 4111
M.  +27 82 454 0871 / +27 84 415 1085
Contact.  Emma Manuel

Breakfast.   Tuesday to Sunday  09h00-11h00
Lunch.   Tuesday to Sunday  12h00-15h00
Dinner.   Fridays  18h30-22h00