The Thistle Restaurant
Relaxed and Intimate Fine Dining

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Enjoy a touch of class with a memorable dining experience and Gracious Hospitality at our signature restaurant.

Open Monday to Saturday evenings.
We regret that no children under 10 are permitted.
Dress code is smart casual.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” - Virginia Woolf

“Our regular food and wine pairing evenings are a sensory celebration of exquisite flavours and textures”
Dining at the Thistle Restaurant
Meal at Thistle Restaurant
Lamb at the Thistle Restaurant

Our à la carte menu infuses classic fine dining with modern panache and elegant finesse.

All our fresh ingredients are locally grown and ethically sourced.

Trio of Carpaccio


Three different types of Carpaccio with garden greens, beetroot crisps and sherry vinaigrette

Wine Choice: Try the DeMorgenZon Sauvignon Blanc with this. The acid balance pairs beautifully with the zesty dressing

Smoked Salmon with Avocado Mousse


Tower of smoked Norwegian salmon and fresh avocado mousse, served with a seaweed crisp, fried capers, red caviar and whiskey wasabi

Wine Choice: Try this with the Diemersdal Unwooded Chardonnay which
has the freshness and clean, crisp acidity to counteract the slight oiliness of
smoked salmon.

Marinaded Bathurst Quail


Fresh local quail, flattened and pan-fried with lemon and wild herbs

Wine Choice: The lemon in the de Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay picks up the lemon in the sauce, creating total harmony in your mouth



In a creamy white wine and garlic sauce served with toasted bread

Wine Choice: De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay with its lemon and lime flavours lifts this dish to food heaven


Beetroot and Goats Cheese Terrine


Layered beetroot and goats cheese topped with caramelised oranges, on a bed of rocket and Melba toast

Wine Choice: Cederberg Bukketraube with its hint of sweetness and balanced acidity is a great foil to the terrine

Chicken and Corn Chowder


Creamy chicken and corn soup with bacon bits. Served with toast

Wine Choice: Boschendal 1865 Chardonnay with its hint of smokiness from judicious wooding and its citrus fruit pulls this dish together

 * Prices subject to change and availability.

Our carefully curated wine list is a passionate celebration of over 50 individually selected local & international wines of the highest standard.

“Wine brings people together; when the wine starts to flow so too does the conversation.”

Krone Borealis Night Nectar (NV)


Krone Borealis Night Nectar (NV) – 375ml Bottle


Kleine Zalze Brut Rosé (NV)


Graham Beck Brut (NV)


Graham Beck Brut (NV) – 375ml Bottle


Pongracz Rosé (NV)


Villiera Tradition Brut (NV)


Villiera Tradition Brut (NV) – 375ml Bottle


Moët et Chandon Impérial (NV)

R1 450

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut (NV)


Moët Chandon Rose (NV)

R1 700

Simonsig “Kaapse Vonkel” Brut 2019


 * Prices subject to change and availability.

Winding through the vine with Robin Hyde.

“Explaining his love for wine is no simple matter for our Food and Beverage Manager, Robin Hyde. Robin is a man whose passion becomes clear from the moment he speaks.”

Wine at the hotel