Country Restaurants in Pretoria and Surrounds

One of the best things about living in Pretoria is the multitude of outdoor dining options right here on our doorstep. With a wonderful selection of nature reserves and plenty of places with natural countryside settings, here’s a list of our favourite country restaurants in the area. Make the most of the November weather and have a bite at one of these beautifully located eateries.





Granita Restaurant

Granita is set in the beautiful garden surroundings of the scenic Kieviets Kroon country estate in Kameeldrift-East. If you’re looking for countryside dining, the picturesque view coupled with an elegant ambience makes Granita a great pick. You can opt for a table on the lush lawn or on the outdoor terrace, and experience their seasonal six-course gourmet dinner menu (or the sophistication of their famous high tea), receive stellar service and enjoy the view. What more could you possibly want?!

Details: Kieviets Kroon Country Estate, Kameeldrift-East / 0860 543 8487 / www.kievitskroon.co.za/dining/granita

Rosemary Hill Farm Coffee Shop Rosemary Hill Farm is located a quick 20-minute drive east on the N4 and offers guests a scenic setting for a lazy lunch. The November weather is ideal to have a seat outside on the stoep and enjoy a meal prepared with the local farm fresh produce. Over weekends, the coffee shop can become quite busy. To really make the most of the tranquillity of the countryside, try to visit the Rosemary Hill Farm coffee shop during the week. Don’t forget to take a walk through the garden maze before you leave. Top tip: It's not licensed, but you can bring your own wine along.

Details: 257 Mooiplaats, Exit 18 from the N4 East, Pretoria / 012 802 0052 / rosemaryhill.co.za

Ouma Isie’s Tea Garden

The Tea Garden was named after General Jan Smuts’ wife, Isie, or Ouma, as she was fondly known throughout the country. Situated on the pictorial, tree-lined grounds surrounding the Smuts House Museum, Ouma Isie's Tea Garden dishes up wholesome country-style dishes. Think hearty breakfasts and lunches like homemade lasagna and spicy chicken livers. For something sweet, order the freshly baked scones with jam and cream. On the beverage menu you’ll find country-style beverages like homemade ginger beer, lemonade and ice tea.

Details: Smuts House Museum, Irene / 012 6709013 / www.facebook.com



Rietvlei Coffee Shop Take a scenic game drive on the winding Rietvlei Nature Reserve roads; pass Rietvlei dam and stop for something to eat at the Rietvlei Coffee Shop. The old farmhouse that is located at the heart of this 'game farm in the city' has been converted into a humble little coffee shop. The menu offers dishes like a Farmhouse Breakfast, Bobotie and Salad, selection of toasted sandwiches and an array of flavoured milkshakes including bubble gum.

Details: Rietvlei Nature Reserve / 082 500 44 22/ www.rietvleicoffee.co.za

Blos Café Situated in the middle of Faerie Glen, it might not be your typical countryside location, but the best thing about Blos Café is that the lengthy back stoep provides such beautiful treetop views that it feels like you are out in the bush. Blos is a contemporary farmhouse café catering to everyone’s taste buds with a dynamic and delicious menu as well as an in-house craft brewery. This popular café is a firm favourite among Pretorians for breakfast, brunch, lunch, sundowners and dinner.

Details: Leander Road, Faerie Glen / 082 466 2857 / www.bloscafe.co.za

By Jana van der Linde