Eating Out in OudtshoornPepper Tree Restaurant
Where? Highgate Ostrich Farm, R328, Volmoed, Oudtshoorn
When? Daily from 08h00 to 17h00.
Closed on Christmas Day.
How? Call +27 (0)44 272-7115
The Highgate Ostrich Show Farm in Oudtshoorn represents all that made this part of the Klein Karoo such a booming success. The feather boom of the late 19th century placed this little part of South Africa firmly on the map, and it now enjoys massive popularity for its ostrich feathers, meat and leather.
The Pepper Tree Restaurant is situated at Highgate, which is the oldest working ostrich show farm in the world. Tables are perched under the ancient Peruvian pepper tree, and the vistas of the Klein Karoo make for an idyllic backdrop. Dining on delicious treats and hearty meals in the South African outdoors is something extra special.
The menu offers tasty breakfasts, irresistible lunches and a variety of options for the children. Breakfasts include kippers on a parmesan potato puree, smoked salmon tart on rocket chiffonade, a range of omelettes and the firm favourite of bacon and eggs. Other dishes include toasted sandwiches and tramezzinis, ostrich steak, an ostrich burger with an avocado mousse, mango and coriander chicken fillet, a classic beef burger, and a range of innovative salads. Desserts change, depending on what is freshly baked, but are sure to tempt even the strictest of dieters.
The special Africa Arabica coffee keeps caffeine-hunters coming back for more. Local Karoo wines showcase the produce of nearby vineyards, with their characteristic flavours and unique nuances. Diners can also settle down to an ice-cold craft beer for the ultimate in refreshment.
Pepper Tree Restaurant has a beautiful lawn, as well as a play area for the children. There are donkey cart rides for kids as well, which are always a hit. Parents and guardians can look on as their little ones have fun, giving them a chance to relax and enjoy the pretty Karoo with a glass of wine in hand.