Entries tagged with “Plettenberg Bay”.


imageAfter a few weeks of closure for a complete renovation and expansion of its facilities, the Grand Café & Beach has re-opened, ready for the summer season lying ahead. Yesterday a number of writers was invited by Manley Communications to experience the Grand, on a perfect sunny summer beach day. (more…)

imageLast Saturday evening my friend Giulio Loggerian and I dined at La Sosta restaurant in Swellendam, which won Eat Out Best Italian restaurant in 2014. It was an unusual experience in a number of respects, especially in that the owners themselves describe La Sosta as an ‘Italian restaurant with a twist’! (more…)

imageI was recently invited by Le Lude PR consultant Ann Ferreira to visit the Le Lude Cap Classique Cellar, and to enjoy lunch with her and cellarmaster Paul Gerber at the Orangerie Restaurant. Le Lude imageis the first cellar in our country to produce Agrafe Cap Classique, fermenting its wine under cork instead of crown cap. (more…)

imageDriving back from Plettenberg Bay last month, I stayed over in McGregor, and was introduced to Karoux, the Eat Out Best Bistro 2015 in the Western Cape, by locals (more…)

CassiniThe Sweet Service Award goes to Cassani Motors in Plett. While driving to Plettenberg Bay, a petrol attendant noticed that a coolant pipe had a crack in it. I managed to get to Plett safely, but did not want to risk the return journey without having it seen to.  I popped in at Cassani Motors in Plett’s industrial area, on a recommendation. Owner Mauro had a look, and quickly made a plan to do a temporary fix. Not only did he fix the problem quickly, pushing all his other work to the side, but he also charged a ludicrous price of R50!

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imageI have been to The Plettenberg hotel a number of times to eat at its former Sand and now renamed Seafood restaurant.  Given that the hotel is five-star graded, a Relais & Chateux property, and under the supervision (long distance) of Eat Out Top 10 Chef  Peter Tempelhoff, my expectations are high of the restaurant in being the best in Plett, yet sadly are  (more…)

imageDespite having been open on Main Street in Plettenberg Bay for the past four years, I only noticed Clare’s Cakes (& Deli) on my visit to Plett last week.  It offers very reasonably priced cakes, cupcakes, breads, as well as Deli items, in what is a pristine clean outlet. Service is (more…)

imageI was recommended to try Ouland Royale on the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay, on the way to the airport.  Even when arriving outside the building, I could not imagine what a taste and visual treat was inside what is called the Baroque Barn. It was as close to perfect as one can get, and it was a shame (more…)

imageCornuti has been synonymous with Plettenberg Bay, being one of the longest established restaurants in the seaside town, having opened 19 years ago and especially known for its pizzas. After a renovation closure of eight months, the restaurant re-opened in mid-December, and has confused everyone in the town as well as past visitors with the branding change (more…)

imageCouldn’t all restaurants be like The Grand in Plettenberg Bay? I have stayed at The Grand since 2007, while we were renovating our former guest house in the town. Whilst the ownership changed from Gail Behr to Susie Main over this period, it felt as if I had stepped back into history when I arrived for dinner last night, everything looking the same in the restaurant, and Manager Sybil still working (more…)