True Living in Cradock

Lani’s Farm Kitchen is housed in a striking Karoo-style house along Cradock’s main road, JA Calata Street.

Elanie (Lani) Lombard is a farmer’s wife  with an instinct for creating a relaxed and stylish ambience, an intuitive talent in the kitchen and a genuine wish to show everyone how wonderful Cradock’s heart is. It has always been her dream to offer locals and visitors the best of the Karoo – authentic hospitality, great food and quality produce.Louzel, Elanie and Wentzel Lombard, True Living, Cradock

Lani’s Farm Kitchen is well-loved by locals for its delicious food, spacious leafy courtyard and smiling staff. Lani and her daughter Louzel Lombard-Steyn have stepped into the national spotlight by starring on the first My Kitchen Rules South Africa series. Now the nation knows her kindness and food talents too

This is where you can sample her delicious ciabatta bread, and she is always experimenting with new dishes. True Living, Cradock

Her cheesecake involves fresh pecan nuts and salted caramel. There are warm and cold salads, delicious soups, traditional Karoo foods, decadent cakes, excellent coffee.

True Living invites long leisurely meals full of laughter in the shady courtyard, or in the hidden nooks around this lovely old house with its wooden floors.


Lani believes in the goodness of farm food. This is where you can buy her homemade cranberry and chocolate cookies, oat crunchies, fresh roosterkoek as well as farm produce like fresh eggs, locally harvested pecan nuts and walnuts, cheeses from the Eastern Cape, olives, suurlemoen stroop, pies ready for the oven – venison, lamb and chicken.

Look in the freezer for the Lombard’s famous family recipe sosaties, wild boar and cheese sausages, pate and malva pudding.

This is where you’ll find another specialty of this Eastern Karoo region – mohair products including blankets, scarves, wraps, socks, Camdeboo Leisure duvets and mohair carpets by Elsa Barnard.True Living interior

True Living also stocks covetable leather bags from Melvill & Moon safari outfitters, percale linen, maps, and art by Rosheen Romer and Nicky Rosselli.

There is plenty of mohair, wool and cotton yarn for knitters and crocheters. For children, there are fun John Deere clothes and toys.

  • Join Lani and Louzel on their farm in the heart of the Eastern Cape Karoo for immersive farm to table experiences. You’ll stay on their farm outside Cradock for two nights, do cooking classes, attend demos and experience hands-on workshops where you can learn how to make your own biltong, butter and boerewors. Contact Louzel on or call 082 442 3543 to find out more.
  • True Living is open early for breakfasts, lunches and occasionally Friday night dinners during summer (Phone to check and book.)
    Don’t miss Lani’s Buffet Lunch every Friday from noon. Closed Sundays.