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Bloemfontein accommodation & Gourmet Dine & Wine
The Colonial Restaurant
De Oude Kraal Colonial restaurant is in the original farmhouse with four meter high ceilings and wooden floors built in 1885 by a German missionary named Saltzmann, and added to by Judge A.J. Smit (Marie’s grandfather).
The separate dining rooms have open fireplaces and original antique furniture, some dating back to the early 1900's. As you walk through the old house you get to admire Gerhard and Marie’s stunning art collection, collected over the years.
Six Course Gourmet Meals
The six-course meal has become our principal meal, where the daily menu variations include a diversity of the season's best foods. Marie and her team's philosophy is that food must be prepared and presented with love.
"I have access to wonderful ingredients that arrive in our kitchen from different sources; from our Helen-Joan’s vegetable garden; bought at the fresh produce market by Helen-Joan or plainly from the local butcher. All the wonderful produce gets studied, smelled, touched, appreciated and respected before we start to transform them. Only then can they be approached with humility." - Marie Lombard
Marie Lombard was born and raised on this 4th generation farm, and has formed a dedicated team from fourth generation farm workers. The team skillfully combine Free State farm style cooking with a touch of French flair to create a variety of meals, such as the buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, freshly baked goods as well as six-course gourmet dinner.
For more on Marie's food philosophy read Marie's Passion for Food.
Food and Wine Paring
Throughout the year De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa host food and wine paring evenings. These events at De Oude Kraal are known to bring out the best in both food and wine.
Marie and De Oude Kraal’s staff work together to taste all the different flavors and to create the best combinations before presenting it to the guests.
To experience this amazing Wine paring evening at De Oude Kraal Country Estate, check our events schedule.