Top Country Restaurants Around Johannesburg


Grab the gang, pack ’em into the car and head out of town to these amazing restaurants in the countryside. 

The Black Horse

Have you been to the Black Horse in Magaliesberg? Not? Oh my… You’ve not lived until you’ve tasted the suds produced there. They brew lagers that will paint a tear of joy on a viking’s chin. They conjure up pretty pink berry brews that will make Cupid fall in love. To boot, their food is amazing too. The Dark Horse is so popular that they are booked in advance over weekends. We suggest you do the same and hook yourself up with a table this coming weekend – you won’t be sorry. The estate which the brewery is built on is beautiful and great to take a walk through with a draught of their finest sunshine in hand.

Details: blackhorse.co.za

Leafy Greens

If you fancy yourself a foodie, then be sure to add Leafy Greens, the brainchild of Gary Player’s granddaughter, Antonia De Luca, in Muldersdrift to your bucket list. This farm-to-table-style vegan cafe is based on the farm which gives it its produce that it serves on its plates. You can expect pizzas, curries, stews, sushi, wraps and rolls, all stuffed with the most professionally prepared healthy ingredients in the province.

Details: www.leafygreens.co.za

Bellgables Country Restaurant

Patron chef, Errol Gobey, has put together a stellar menu to cater to the old dining room at the Bellgables Country Restaurant. From soups and salads to carpaccio and wild game, this country-style restaurant is the place to be. They consider wholesome food to be a familiar affair and all guests are treated like long-lost family. Do yourself a favour and book a table at Bellgables and bring the whole family for a fun-filled meal.

Details: www.bellgablesrestaurant.com

The Fat Olive

Looking for a country restaurant which provides an ideal family entertainment destination suitable for all occasions? Then check out the Fat Olive. Situated on the banks of a natural irrigation dam with great views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the restaurant lends itself to enjoying the outdoors, birdlife and the resident wildlife. The Fat Olive serves up a mean rump steak and the kitchen knows just how to prepare oxtail stews. The food is quite homely and the vibe beyond chilled.

Details: thefatolive.co.za

Ramkiki

Sure, it’s not quite out in the countryside but Ramkiki in Ruimsig, Roodepoort offers a secluded dining experience. The venue itself is perfect for weddings and the restaurant great for a lekker Sunday lunch. You can expect the usual country food, racks of lamb, burgers, pastas and so on from the menu. Their ribs are to die for and the bar mixes up great cocktails to say the least.

Details: www.ramkiki.co.za

By Shawn Greyling

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