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Every plate of food served up at our tables is a perfect, colourful piece of art. We use only the very freshest ingredients, sourced as close to Grootbos as possible, with many coming from our own organic farm on the reserve. This means that as you’re swooning over that home made linguini or Thai spiced soup, you’re also contributing to our food production and social upliftment projects. And the best part? All meals are included in your rate.
We believe that nothing tastes better than organic, freshly picked vegetables and herbs. Which is why we have our own farm from which we harvest and get these ingredients to our kitchen and onto your plate as fresh as possible. At the same time, we are supporting our local community by training and employing them through our Growing the Futures Project.
There are a few obvious benefits to providing our guests with water that comes from a sandstone aquifer on the reserve. It’s clean, delicious and full of healthy mineral content. The less obvious benefits are that it helps us reduce our carbon footprint, by only using recycled glass bottles we have eliminated plastic bottles. The business is run by locals which helps support our community.
A rare flower. A buzzing bee. A collective effort. And when all of these combine? You get our distinctive Grootbos honey. Our reserve plays host to the endangered Erica Irregularis plant, which occurs nowhere else in the world. Once a year it bursts into flower, turning the hills into a shimmer of pink. Our endemic swarms of bees then get to work, after which our beekeeper and his team harvest the honey, selling it back to the Reserve and supporting local families in the process. So our honey is not just a glaze on your salmon, it’s part of our vision for a sustainable future.
Our hand-reared pigs on the reserve enjoy leftover food from our kitchens, ensuring we minimise waste and maximise flavour. From the tasty sausage you eat at breakfast to the crispy bacon in your Caesar salad, every pork element served at Grootbos comes from our very own farm on the reserve.
Our 300 happy free-range chickens on the Siyakula farm produce about 4000 organic eggs a month. And you can taste this freshness in the dishes you eat, from our popular Eggs Benedict to fresh breakfast pastries to our dense and delicious chocolate fondant.
We plan our menu around what’s in season and what we’re growing on our organic farm. Here in summer? Expect fresh berries with your breakfast. 70% of all the herbs and 100% of the micro herbs we use are cultivated by our Grow the Future team, providing employment to local families.
Being situated so close to the marine bounty of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, it’s no wonder that our seafood dishes are so popular. Fresh fish gets delivered daily from the boats at Gansbaai Harbour, but if weather conditions mean there is no fish available, you’ll get to sample rainbow trout from the Langkloof Trout Farm nearby.
We’re proud to support other local producers who are just around the corner from us, such as Kaliba Dairy with their fresh butter, cheese, yoghurt, as well as Kleinriver Cheese Farm and Stone House Cheese Farm, who produce a variety of soft white & semi-hard cheeses. Try our cheese plate with home made compote and chutneys to taste this mouth-watering produce.
Our culinary team meets regularly to brainstorm and experiment, discussing which ingredients are the best, right now. Whether it’s visiting the harbour to pick up the catch of the day, or heading to our farm to check on the micro herbs, you can be guaranteed that Executive Chef Benjamin Conradie and his knowledgeable team have got your tastebuds covered.
Nibble on a just-baked croissant from one of our pastry chefs. Sample the freshness of an octopus salad, and you’ll quickly realise that you’re tasting food from a culinary team who’ve been extensively trained, many with international experience in the world’s most luxurious hotels
We believe that food is about more than feeding your body. It’s about connecting with others. Taking time to savour each mouthful. And tasting the freshness and wildness of this unique place. Enjoy these culinary experiences at one of our two distinctive lodge restaurants, each with their own character and atmosphere.
The Garden Lodge dining area, which is spacious and yet perfectly cosy, is the ideal space to enjoy meals together with your loved ones. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring you ever closer to the outdoors in the elegant dining room. The outdoor deck has expansive views over Walker Bay and provides the perfect setting to enjoy our world-class cuisine.
Please Note: Our restaurants are only for resident guests of Grootbos, and not open to the public.
Read what your daily menus could look like. Please note that these vary according to seasons and availability.
We love getting out into nature which is why our culinary experiences are not restricted to our fine dining restaurants. Enjoy an al fresco picnic with your toes in the beach sand, sip on cocktails as you see the sun set or enjoy a uniquely South African meal in our boma as you watch the fire embers burning low.
At Grootbos we know a lot about wine. But we’re not pretentious about it. We believe that everyone will enjoy discovering and experiencing the award winning wines of this region, whether they’re sampling a food and wine pairing, hearing from one of our sommeliers on what makes this vintage particularly special or going on a guided tour to the wine farm itself.Explore Wine Experience
The last year has been a busy one at Grootbos. We rebuilt our beloved Garden Lodge entirely and re-opened it in April 2022. We also officially launched the Grootbos Florilegium - Africa's first contemporary florilegium - which is a collection of botanical illustrations created by local and international artists, depicting the charismatic plants found on our reserve and the surrounding regions.
Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.See New Garden Lodge See Florilegium