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With the icy weather outside, it’s tempting to want to stay curled up under a blanket at home. We’ve found the perfect antidote to the cold – a hot meal in front of a roaring fireplace. Warm up inside and out at one of these great winter restaurants in KwaZulu-Natal.


1.Freshly Ground Café, Hillcrest

The deconstructed, yet stylish, interior of this café houses a dining area, a widely stocked bar and comfy couches and a fireplace in a lounge area.  The café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts live music on a Friday night.
Tel 031-765-4261


2.Linga Lapa Restaurant, N3

The Linga Lapa restaurant, butchery and deli is a welcoming destination in the Natal Midlands. Famous for its quality mature steaks, the cosy, wood paneled restaurant is a great place to stop for a meal and to warm up in front of the fire.
Tel 033-266-7001


3.Yellowwood Café, Howick

Enjoy a hearty meal in this warm country restaurant while gazing out at the beautiful Howick Falls. The wholesome food is homemade using locally produced ingredients, according to the Slow Food Movement.
Tel 033-330-2461


4.The Cooking Bear, Lidgetton, Midlands

This country style restaurant is run by a husband and wife team – Cathy creates the hearty homemade food while Peter acts as host to the customers. The menu changes monthly and a booking must be made before visiting.  This cosy thatched cottage is set in an English style garden and is warmed by a prominent fireplace.
Tel 083-326-4932


5.Giorgio’s at the View, Amanzimtoti

This unpretentious yet elegant Italian eatery is attached to the View Boutique Hotel and Spa. A relaxed atmosphere is created with lavish décor of wooden floors, chandeliers and roaring fireplace. All dishes are freshly prepared using locally produced ingredients. Tel 031-903-155


6.Sapore, Midlands

This restaurant and cocktail bar specializes in classic Italian cuisine with a global influence.  Exposed whitewashed roof trusses, smartly set tables and wine bottles on the shelves lining the walls all contribute to the stylishly decorated interior.
Tel 033-266-6921


7.Gigi’s Restaurant at Hotel Izulu

The black, white and silver decor is interspersed with bright pink accents, creating a fun element in the otherwise formal dining area of this newly renovated restaurant.  A feature crystal chandelier illuminates a feature wall covered in Oscar Wilde wallpaper. A highlight of Gigi’s is the chef’s table dining room in the kitchen. Up to six guests can watch the cooking process through glass windows while enjoying a signature dish.
Tel 032-946-3444


8.The Boar’s Head, Drakensberg

This classic English pub, with wooden bar and booth seating, is warmed by a large fireplace. Expect all the pub staples from lamb shanks and steaks to fish and chips. Local beers from the nearby Nottingham Road Brewing Company are on the menu, and the Pickled Pig pie (a beef pie cooked with Pickled Pig ale) is a tasty, hearty choice.
Tel 033-266-6044


9.Olive and Oil, Hillcrest

This  Mediterranean restaurant caters for the whole family, with fine dining and an extensive wine list to satisfy the adults while the children are kept entertained in the ‘kiddies room’. Winter evenings can be whiled away around the cosy fireplace. Tel 031-765-6214

10. Harvey’s Restaurant, Morningside, Durban

The original Harvey’s, opened fifteen years ago, has re-opened complete with mounted buffalo trophies, padded velvet walls, gold ceilings and original oil paintings. The menu groups dishes by price (a fairly novel idea) and all plates can be served as platters for a group to enjoy together.
Tel 031-312-5706



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