Great news for The Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale is that they have, for the first time, won an Eat Out Highly Commended certificate in the Best Country Style category.

The Eat Out foodie guide is in every gourmet’s car, and their App can be found on most serious foodie’s cell phones. The service provides good intel on the best-kept food secrets – even if you’re looking for dining options in a small town.

Regarded as South Africa’s equivalent to a Michelin star award, the winners of the coveted 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were announced at the Mercedes Benz showroom in Cape Town on 18 October.

Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant in Barrydale.
A Karoo Art Hotel restaurant delight

Authentic ‘Platteland’ food

The Karoo Art Hotel restaurant serves South African ‘Platteland’ (country style) food – Karoo dishes, all prepared by Executive Chef Alicia Giliomee and her team, who use only the best available fresh local ingredients.

To date, they are the only restaurant who have snapped up this award in the Klein Karoo.

This Eat Out accolade, together with the venue’s previous Klein Karoo Gourmand Food Awards, confirms the eatery as one of the top restaurants in the Klein Karoo, and possibly the Western Cape.

“Honouring the extraordinary talent in South Africa is what Eat Out is all about,” concurs Aileen Lamb, MD of New Media, who is in charge of this annual countrywide award.

Foraging in local gardens

Executive Chef Alicia Giliomee takes particular care in selecting their suppliers, foraging in the local gardens of Barrydale and surrounding farms within a 50km radius. “Our dishes reflect the ethos of the Chaîne des Rộtisseurs, the international gastronomical guild dedicated to the camaraderie of the table, of which we are a member. Our menu is Karoo style – avant-garde with fresh elements and Plattelandse flair.”

Over the years, the hotel and its restaurant have evolved into a food destination on the scenic Route 62, recently named by CNN Travel as one of the 10 best road trips in the world.

Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant Barrydale
Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant

Klein Karoo wine

Excellent food goes with excellent wine, and their wine list, which has a special focus on the best Klein Karoo wines, has for the third year been awarded the prestigious Diners Club Wine List Diamond Award – one of only 12 such Diamond awards in the Western Cape, and the only one in the Klein Karoo, and one of only 42 awarded in South Africa! 

Karoo Art Hotel is regarded by many as the best base camp from which to explore the Klein Karoo and magnificent local mountain passes on short day trips.

In addition to all these achievements, the hotel was awarded a 4-star hotel grading in 2018 by the South African Tourism Grading Council. The whole of this feisty little hotel is also an art gallery, curated by Heidi Erdmann.

The Karoo Art Hotel specializes in giving tour groups an authentic Karoo experience, offering the best food, wine and art – plus a riel dance to boot. So stay for two nights to experience all the local secrets, while enjoying characterful rooms adorned with art, excellent service, the best food and wine, plus cool gardens and a swimming pool to relax in.

With art all around, this venue’s motto is “Keeping it country. Keeping it funky… Food is art!”

Who: Karoo Art Hotel Barrydale South Africa
What: Eat Out Highly Commended certificate Best Country Style category
Reservations: 087 724 4185, 028 572 1226
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