Dullstroom is justifiably recognised as the fly-fishing capital of South Africa, however, it also has the distinction of being a somewhat place-to-be for gastronomes of every description.
This popular country town retains its charm and tranquillity, no matter how many Gauteng residents flock here every weekend, and has a long association with culinary excellence that also never seems to fade.
This love affair with fine dining began many years ago when Brian Whitehead, a retired surveyor, took to offering meals in a small dining area behind his convenience store in the town’s main road. His dedication to great meals meant that his lunches and dinners became a hit with the local residents, and Rose Cottage Restaurant is the result of his gastronomic efforts.
Over time, more and more outstanding eateries opened their doors here, increasing the little town’s culinary reputation. Before too long, these Dullstroom restaurants attracted the attention of the prestigious Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gourmet society. One year, the Chaine held its AGM here, and Critchley Hackle, of fusion food fame, was the first to sign up for this exclusive programme.
Walkerson’s Hotel was next to follow suit, and still serves up exceptional and unique trout dishes, created with passion and commitment by in-house chef, Adri van Wieringen, a dedicated student of international cuisine and master of cooking excellence.
At Walkerson’s you have the added advantage of being able to ‘take it outside’, with delectable picnic hampers to enjoy on the magnificent and expansive hotel grounds. Very few restaurants in Dullstroom can offer you the same luxury.
Mrs Simpsons remains the most well-known establishment in Dullstroom with its eclectic atmosphere and superb menu, and if you lean more towards simpler tastes, there are several less sophisticated eateries to choose from.
Dullstroom cafés such as Charlie C’s, Country Corner, Bergen’s Cheese and Legendz specialise in light meals and fragrant coffees, and you can grab a pancake at Harrie’s if you are feeling only a little peckish. You could even enjoy a liquid lunch at Wild about Whiskey, with its selection of over 950 versions of this tipple.
Dullstroom is a culinary destination for all tastes, so where do you love to eat when in Dullstroom?