Eat - Drink - Stay

Gossip Corner is a restaurant in Rooi Els, just outside Pringle Bay, in the Kogelberg Biosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Sundays, Gossip Corner is a sublime cuisine experience. Gossip Corner serves delicious dishes from an à la carte menu. Daily blackboard specials are also available and created according to the chef’s mood and the seasonal availability of ingredients. A selection of freshly baked goods is on sale at the restaurant's petit deli, so if you love chocolate croissants and warm ciabatta, you might want to place a standing order! Gossip Corner is available for catered functions and is perfect for weddings and private parties. Chef Emile will work with you to curate a menu to suit your taste and budget and can travel to your function destination to cater for you there. Inviting you to eat, drink and stay awhile, Gossip Corner has two luxury self-catering holiday homes for rent.

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“Just look at it, the food, the view, the atmosphere. Everything is just perfection.” CHEF! Magazine

Gossip Corner was established in 2019, along the scenic Whale Coast Route in the naturally beautiful hamlet of Rooi Els. 

Chef Emile Mathys

"Mense moet lekker eet!”

The restaurant's executive chef Emile Mathys's love for cooking was inherited from his mom, who Emile says was his superhero! It was in the family kitchen that he first learned how to cook and bake under her watchful eye.

Cooking for large groups of hungry people started when Emile worked as a junior cook in the South African Navy. He then went on to complete his professional chefs' course at Capsicum, where he received his International chef diploma in 2010. After that, he had 18 months of practical and did his internship at the Western Hotel in Cape Town. 

Emile’s love for cooking has taken him to overseas destinations where he worked in the restaurant industry in Qatar and the Caribbean. After his travels, he made his way back home to settle in Gordons Bay.

Emile is passionate about what he fondly calls the Gossip Corner dining experience. He says it’s a magnificent combination of art, décor, impeccable service and of course… the irresistible food!

When pressed for answers about what’s hot news on the Gossip Corner menu, Emile says that his 12-hour pork belly dish is one of his favourite meals to prepare!



Gossip Corner serves a selection of dishes from the à la carte menu. Daily blackboard specials are also available and created according to the chef’s mood and seasonal availability.

  • Starters
  • Burgers
  • Pizza
  • Mains
  • Chef’s Favourites
  • Side Dishes
  • Sauces
  • Dessert
  • Kids Menu
  • Daily Specials



Gossip Corner includes a small deli with a selection of freshly baked goods on sale daily. To avoid coming away empty-handed pre-order:

  • Croissants (plain and chocolate)
  • Ciabatta
  • Roosterkoek
  • Muffins



Gossip Corner is the ideal venue for catered functions such as:

  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Engagement Parties
  • Private Cocktail Parties
  • Corporate Functions



Are you having a function and need professional catering services? If you are, Gossip Corner will curate a mouthwatering menu to suit your taste and budget. Chef Emile performs at his peak when preparing for large groups and is available to cater for functions at your venue.

The catering service includes:

  • Set Menus
  • Platters

Contact Emile at Gossip Corner to discuss your catering needs, menu options, dietary preferences and availability.



Gossip Corner has two self-catering holiday homes in the Kogelberg Biosphere between Rooi Els and Pringle Bay.

House One - Rockjumper Country House

(sleeps seven)

Rockjumper Country House is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom. Offering breathtaking northern views of the mountains, the house is perfect for families and groups of friends.


  • Wi-Fi
  • SmartTV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Log Burning Stove
  • Gas Barbeque
  • Wood Burning Pizza Oven
House Two - Rockscape Retreat

(sleeps eight)

Rockscape Retreat is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home. Offering beautiful views of the mountains, this house is perfect for families and groups of friends.


  • Wi-Fi
  • SmartTV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Braai
  • Pool Table
  • Fire Pit

Contact Gossip Corner for information about both houses, rates and availability. 



“Gossip Corner is a lovely spot to stop for lunch! The food was tasty, the little deli was delightful, and the service was superb! Will be visiting again.”  Ashley van der Merwe
“This is my second visit to Gossip Corner. I was blown away by the wonderful experience I had! We had the most impeccable service I have experienced in many years. The food was sensational, and I highly recommend this lovely restaurant. Great venue and atmosphere, outstanding service and incredible food!”  Jeremy Maycock
“Gossip Corner has fantastic food, excellent service, great wines, and an awesome view. We ordered from a set menu. The combination of flavours made for some interesting and exciting taste experiences. When it comes to food presentation, service and wines, the restaurant is above the norm! Good value for money. Worth a visit.”  Delene Cloete
“Gossip Corner is brilliant! I had a lovely evening with wonderful food served in a lovely setting.”  Christine Kapp
“This restaurant is worth the visit. A lot of time was spent planning the interior, and the positioning of the windows emphasises the view of the Kogelberg Mountain. The iron artwork, the view of the heart of the restaurant (the kitchen), the Churchill dinnerware, the cutlery and the fine, elegant wine glasses all make it a special experience. The staff at Gossip Corner are all friendly and professional. The food was great and well-presented. You have a choice of where to sit, ground floor or upstairs!”  Stay at Friends Betty’s Bay



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