Places to eat in Grabouw
Grabouw and the Elgin Valley is famous for its apples, but being a predominantly agricultural area, a variety of other local produce is freshly available too. With access to quality local ingredients, food in Grabouw / Elgin is sustainably sourced to a large degree and there are a selection of restaurants and local eateries that cater to a range of preferences. The Elgin Valley’s “cool climate” wines also offer an additional complement to any meal with a range of wine varieties to be enjoyed, as well as several local ciders and brandies. Overall, Elgin offers various dining options and a genuine sense of laid-back, country-style hospitality.
For those looking to enjoy a down-to-earth pub meal, there are various options in the town of Grabouw. These include local pubs, guest houses that offer home cooked meals on request and function venues that host weekly pizza evenings. Groups looking for a pub-style ambience are also catered for in venues outside of the town.
A bit further outside of Grabouw and further into the valley, there are restaurants that specialise in wood-fired pizzas and hearty family-style food. Wine farms in the area also offer a variety of restaurant options from casual lunches around a communal table to romantic fine dining. Many of these eateries adhere to sustainable principles and source free-range and organic produce where possible. Foraging is also a popular pastime for some restaurant owners, with mushrooms and other finds often included in the next day’s menu.
A warm cup of coffee can be enjoyed at any one of the restaurants in the area and a take-away coffee or rooibos cappuccino can be bought from the various farm stalls along the N2 highway. Local coffee shops also offer a variety of affordable and unpretentious food, and a few of these are housed in renovated historical buildings that also offer an insight into the area’s heritage.
Conveniently located just off the main road, Grabouw / Elgin has a variety of farm stalls which are easily accessible going into or out of town. These farm stalls are well known for serving delicious home-baked goods and for stocking a range of local produce from cheese to locally produced wines and ciders. Local confectionary, preserves and sweets are also available as well as traditional breakfast and lunch options.
The Elgin Valley is known for its mountainous scenery and many restaurants offer views over the surrounding farmlands. Some restaurant options are also located on dams, along a river or even by a pool and all of these offer a relaxed dining experience. Various farm stalls and coffee shops also make the most of their location and allow patrons to enjoy a picnic on the grounds. There are also several restaurants and coffee shops that cater for families with simple menu options and outdoor play areas.
The Elgin Valley is known for its fresh produce and is becoming more and more popular for its unique “cool climate” wines and locally produced ciders. With a combination of fresh food and quality beverages, Grabouw / Elgin offers a variety of places to eat and enjoy an excellent meal. The proximity of the Elgin Valley to Cape Town also means that enjoying a meal in the area is even accessible as a day trip for those with limited time.