The Northern Cape town of Richmond lies in the heart of the country, halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town.
It is famous for being a Booktown, for having the Vierkleur and Union Jack fluttering atop a hill, for the hospitality of its people and for the quality of its excellent lamb and mutton.
But the most recent addition, The Richmond Café and Rooms, has clinched it as a firm favourite for an overnight stay or meal stop for many trans-Karoo travellers.
Opened in December 2015 by owners Nicol and Klaradyn Grobler, The Richmond Café and Rooms is effortlessly on trend with a casually stylish eatery and beautiful accommodation that combines simplicity with warmth, generosity and comfort. The hosts and staff are very kind and hospitable.
Expect white-washed walls, chandeliers, old Persian rugs, grapevine pergolas, sofas and fireplaces, and a barefoot elegance.
There are five spacious and elegant suites set around courtyards and secret edible gardens where spinach, peppers, aubergines, rocket and tomato plants thrive in unexpected places.
The Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Saturday. Breakfast choices include bacon and eggs with potato rosti, omelettes and French toast with honey, fruit and optional bacon. The coffee is always good.
There is a wood-fired oven for focaccias and pizzas – with toppings like pulled lamb, bacon and brie, or sweet chilli chicken.
Suppers often include the excellent lamb chops from a nearby farm, or lasagne or bobotie with fresh vegetables.
The Richmond Café and Rooms is conveniently situated within walking distance of various attractions.
Across the road are bookshops like Richmond Books and Prints and the town’s tourism office with its shelves full of classic books for sale. Right next door is the town’s famous Horse Museum and further down the road you’ll find more attractions like the Vetmuis shop and the striking Modern Art Project.
There is safe lock-up parking off street at The Richmond Café and Rooms. Well-behaved pets are welcome.