If South Africa were ancient Rome there’s no doubt the saying would be “All roads lead to Colesberg” as most travellers will, at some stage in their lives, find themselves in the Northern Cape town on their way to somewhere else and desperately looking for a meal. Fortunately, there is no shortage of excellent quality restaurants in Colesberg so everyone from those who are spending the night, to the ones stopping off for a quick lunch on their holiday road trip are saved from eating garage pies.
Here are our top three restaurants in Colesberg.
This is the small-town restaurant that does it all. Hearty local meals are joined on the menu by family favourites such as Lasagne and burgers. It’s really the Karoo inspired dishes that you should be ordering though from the delicious lamb chops to skilpadtjies with pap and sauce. No one leaves Die Plattelander hungry as portions are large, and prices reasonable. It’s basic, unpretentious and after a long day on the road can be just the thing to get you back on your feet.
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Take a step back in time with this absolutely classic tea room. The cakes, scones, salads, and sandwiches are all prepared fresh and from scratch and served with a delicious selection of teas, coffee and cold drinks. The service harkens back to a more sedate time so those looking for that wi-fi and a flat white service they are used to in Joburg should take a step back and maybe go elsewhere. The personal attention, and warm inviting atmosphere all come together to create an environment that’s a wholesome blend of nourishment and nostalgia.
Before stopping by we were told this place had the best lamb in Colesberg and the claim was not made lightly. If tender perfectly cooked lamb shanks are your thing, and you find yourself in Colesberg then Bordeaux restaurant must be a priority. In fact, you can not go wrong with anything lamb related here from the chops to the mutton pie. The more adventurous should branch out and try the Kudu pie, which was a definite highlight. Vegetarians though may want to look elsewhere. If you like large portions, a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly vibe you can’t go wrong.