Top 10 restaurants in Balgowan, South Africa

February 22, 2018 Frederic Celentano

Discover the best restaurant in Balgowan, South Africa including Blueberry Cafe, Tumble Downs, Caversham Mill Restaurant, Barbz Cafe and Deli, Lavender Trout, Abingdon Wine Estate, Il Postino Pizzeria, Bierfassl Pub and restaurant, Linga Lapa, Terbodore Coffee Roasters
Things to do in Balgowan

1. Blueberry Cafe

Nottingham Road | R103, Nottingham Road 3280, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$353 - HK$981 +27 33 266 7132
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 355 reviews

Blueberry Cafe

Blueberry Hill is set on a hilltop overlooking Nottingham Road with 360 degree views and the most amazing views of the Drakensberg. It is a beautiful property with a highly regarded Lifestyle Gift Shop next door.

Reviewed By Paul B - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Gone downhill since last visit. Poor service. Messed up our order. Limited stock in shop. Looking a bit grubby. Coffee pretty good.

2. Tumble Downs

8 Currys Post Road, Howick 3290, South Africa Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 82 802 2837
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 144 reviews

Tumble Downs

The restaurant is conveniently situated only 8 kms outside of Howick on the Currys Post Road. Approximately 4½ hours from Johannesburg and 1½ hours from Durban. Tastefully decorated yet simply country, this venue is ideal for dining pleasure. The row of glass panelled doors that open out onto the covered veranda echo the buildings stable origins, but inside the ceilings have been raised to give the feeling of great depth and space. Tastefully decorated but remaining true to the country ambience, Tumble Downs has a passion for food and hospitality. The awe-inspiring landscape of the surrounding Kamberg and Karkloof Valley, the unrestricted freedom of its lawns, fine cuisine and true country-style hospitality makes this the ultimate venue.

Reviewed By ChrisCharlesCT - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Yes, it's situated in a lovely location, and has had some great reviews here on Tripadvisor (which I don't doubt at all). But I'm of the opinion that the meal I've chosen to eat should be far superior and 'mysterious' to the one that I can cook at home (and I'm not a great chef) -- after all, that's the thrill of visiting a top-rated restaurant. However the Morrocan curry that I and my partner chose was bland and the beef chewy, in all, most unexciting, disappointing and very expensive. I can only assume, as the title of this review suggests, that it was an off day. Sorry guys.

3. Caversham Mill Restaurant

S29o 24' 56.4, Balgowan, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Contemporary, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 33 940 0145
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 134 reviews

Caversham Mill Restaurant

Reviewed By Brian M - Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

We came to Caversham Mill to watch Dan Patlansky play at the Caversham Sessions. We had wonderful accommodation, a wonderful meal, wonderful service from an obliging staff and ....
An audience that made it impossible to listen to the music. Those around us were calling for a degree of respect for a great musician but that was not to be.
This was not advertised as a pub evening and this was not your average night out - this was an expensive venture and it simply wasn't worth it.
No blame on the kitchen or the staff. Just a comment to the management to exercise a modicum of control.
It won't affect us, because we won't be back.
Ever.

4. Barbz Cafe and Deli

Gowrie Village | Nottingham Road, Nottingham Road, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +27 33 266 6773
Excellent
41%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Barbz Cafe and Deli

Winner of the Cappuccino Competition in 2012

Reviewed By Gerbrandt R - Pretoria, South Africa

I ordered a prego steak roll and got the blandest steak roll ever. There was not a single drop of sauce on the steak and calling it a prego would be horrible. But friends ordered the eggs benedict with creamed spinach and enjoyed it. Personally the hollandaise sause on it seemed clumpy and we did not recieve it served on an english muffin. But since it was a nice visit I would rate it average but needs work as got potential.

5. Lavender Trout

Off R103 | KZN Midlands, Balgowan, South Africa Reservations Cafe
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
14%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Lavender Trout

Reviewed By Liketravelling001 - Hermanus, South Africa

Highly recommended self-catering serviced accommodation! We stayed at the 2 bedroom unit for a week and a weekend at the large unit that sleeps 7. Both units were very well equipped and beautifully decorated. The owner fully understands the needs of her guests.
It is a perfect spot if you want to spend some time in the Midlands Meander and very convenient for Michaelhouse parents.

6. Abingdon Wine Estate

D369, Lions River, Howick 3260, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Full Bar Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch +27 83 463 8503
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Abingdon Wine Estate

Reviewed By Richardbent - Johannesburg, South Africa

A weekend away found us early at the estate for a Saturday lunch on a warm spring day. Ian gave us the highly informative low-down on the estate , it's wines and lucky for him, very little stock as several wines were out of stock.
There is a limited menu for lunch options and the platters looked good to share for a light lunch. We opted for lamb shank and pork belly with a bottle of viognier. The presentation was amazing , sitting outside in the garden/ patio was wonderful and service was excellent. And the food tastes as good as it looked.
Lovely setting for lunch with excellent food, great service and world class wine. Abingdon cannot be faulted and would highly recommend to anyone in the area.

7. Il Postino Pizzeria

D20 Old Main Road | Dargle, Midlands, Howick 3290, South Africa Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +27 72 905 9390
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 132 reviews

Il Postino Pizzeria

Reviewed By Debbie F

As a visitor to the Midlands, we were referred to the Pizzeria by our accommodation hosts as it was a Tuesday "special" night however when we arrived we were told that unless we had made a reservation they were unable to accommodate us. I am not a bar person so sitting in that area was not an option and as it was cold and raining sitting outside was also not an option. There was certainly enough space inside the restaurant to have places a few more tables for those who are not local and do not know they need to make a reservation. Very disappointed.

8. Bierfassl Pub and restaurant

R103, Nottingham Road | Rawdons estate R 103, Nottingham Road 3280, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available German, Austrian, Bar, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +27 33 266 6320
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 315 reviews

Bierfassl Pub and restaurant

An Austrian/German themed restaurant and pub, established for 14 years in the heart of the scenic KwaZulu Natal Midlands that serves hearty meals, catering to all tastes using the finest, freshest ingredients that the Midlands has to offer, especially our famous crispy eisbein, available in 3 different sizes. Children are also well catered for.The pub offers over 35 different beers from around the world, including our very own local draught beers from Nottingham Road Brewery and a fine selection of wines on our Diners Club Platinum award winning wine list. Attached to the restaurant is a delicatessen offering cold meats, salami's and sausages hand made by fleischmeister Roland Reichelt, home baked breads and a whole variety of local and imported goodies that are used in the restaurant's kitchen.Visit us for a hearty meal, a light snack or just a beer tasting or cup of coffee, we would love to meet you.Open all day, every day from 9am and evenings too.Situated on Rawdons Estate, R103 in the village of Nottingham Road.

Reviewed By gavinpierre - Durban, South Africa

I haven't been here in awhile so I decided to revisit as it has been rated.It was great except for the food which I found very disappointing

9. Linga Lapa

Off ramp N3 Highway | Mount west, Nottingham Road, South Africa Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, International Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +27 61 898 4939
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Linga Lapa

Reviewed By Kolletjie - Durban, South Africa

Wow this place really has something for everyone. The shopping is interesting as they have all sorts of goodies under one roof. A great butchery, delicious biltong, pies, homemade confectionary, clothing, and all sorts of things for the home and garden. Hard to leave here empty handed.

10. Terbodore Coffee Roasters

87 Old Main Road, Curry's Post, Howick 3290, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 33 330 2380
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Terbodore Coffee Roasters

Terbodore Coffee Roasters is an artisinal coffee roastery, restaurant and coffee shop situated at Howick district. We are open from Thursday to Monday, with breakfast being served from 08:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Lunch is served between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Cakes and coffee available throughout the day. Over weekends bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment. Best Cappuccino Winner for 2010,2012 and 2014 in the Sunday Tribune Cafe Society competition and proud member of the Midlands Meander association. Second branch now open in Franschhoek.

Reviewed By donnec2016 - Edenvale, South Africa

We left the N3 on our way to Johannesburg from Durban and had breakfast at this beautiful restaurant. The Gardens are gorgeous and we sat outside under a huge tree. We hadn't booked, but luckily got there early so there was 1 table available. They roast there own very good coffee. The service was excellent and the manager very accommodating - he gave us his card and said " please book before you come as we are always full" One can taste their coffees and they have a good range for sale.

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