Places to Eat in Grabouw / Elgin
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 and Elgin is sustainably sourced to a large degree and there is 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 meal, there are various options in Grabouw and Elgin. These include local pubs, guesthouses that offer home-cooked meals on request and function venues that host weekly pizza evenings.
There are a few restaurants in Grabouw and Elgin that specialise in wood-fired pizzas and hearty family-style food, while the wine farms in the area also offer everything from casual lunches around a communal table to romantic candlelit 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 freshly pressed cup of coffee can be enjoyed at any one of the restaurants in the area and coffee and tea to go 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 and Elgin have quite a collection of farm stalls that are easily accessible from the N2. Many of these farm stalls have been around for years and are known for serving delicious home-baked goods and for stocking a range of local produce from cheese to locally produced wines and ciders. Local confectionery, 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. Various farm stalls and coffee shops also make the most of their location and allow patrons to enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Several family-friendly restaurants and coffee shops have simple menu choices and outdoor play areas to keep the little ones entertained.
The proximity of the Grabouw and the Elgin Valley to Cape Town also means that enjoying a meal in the area is even possible as a day trip for those with limited time.