Thaba Eco Hotel
We ventured beyond our normal neighbourhoods to find a new Sunday lunch spot at Thaba Eco Hotel, a place friends go to fairly regularly partially because it has a lovely play area for kids.
The hotel has glowing reviews on Tripadvisor so we headed south to the Kraal Kombuis restaurant for lunch. It’s an easy half-hour drive out of Joburg on a Sunday (though best if you have some directions or a Garmin), just off Impala Road and not too long after Gold Reef City, near Glenvista.
We were met with a fabulous colourful looking large kids play area, calming views of Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve and a restaurant that dines al fresco and feels like a real Sunday lunch spot.
Kraal Kombuis restaurant is squeaky clean and a bit more glamorous than I expected. At our table the kids chose chicken strips and chips, most of the adults devoured their pizzas and the chicken mushroom pasta looked tasty (R90). I went with lamb chops (R150 a portion) – elegantly presented and it came with salad, spinach and butternut.
There’s also a High Tea menu for those aiming for an afternoon treat and at R175 a person seems to be good value. It has a wide array of sweet and savoury offerings including scones, custard tarts, meringue, cakes, wraps, traditional tea sandwiches, and homemade quiche.
The games room was closed the day we went (they were preparing for an event) but apparently it’s a huge hit most days, especially with slightly older kids.
True to its name, the reserve is supplied by rainwater and solar-powered geysers. The address is Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, Impala Road. Phone 011-9590777 www.thabaecohotel.co.za