Nieu-Bethesda Food Guide: 8 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Nieu-Bethesda

October 16, 2017 Misti Hsu

Nieu-Bethesda (Dutch and Afrikaans for New Bethesda) is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Graaff Reinet. It was founded in 1875 as a church town, like many other Karoo villages, and attained municipal status in 1886. The name is of biblical origin (John 5:2-4) and means "place of flowing water".
Things to do in Nieu-Bethesda

1. Two Goats Brewery

Sneeuberg Microbrewery, Cheese Farm and Coffee Roastery | Pienaar Street, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Drinks +27 49 841 1602
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Two Goats Brewery

http://www.nieubethesda.co.za/brewery.htm <br>Andre Cilliers: +27 49 841 1602 and +27 76 512 9026 [email protected]

Reviewed By David M - Cambridge, United Kingdom

This place is about 50km from Graaf-Reinet, in the rather strange village of Nieuw Bethesda. We called in for lunch on our way to the village. A really quirky little old place with low doorways and very old style. We had their 4 sample beers, then chose the KPA for a small beer with our excellent cheese board, which came with kudu salami. Really nice little place, worth the effort of going there - not sure whether the same could be said of the village itself though!

2. Village Inn

Martin Street, close to Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible African, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +27 76 136 9979
Excellent
65%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Village Inn

Real authentic Karoo dining establishment.

Reviewed By Kardoesie - Johannesburg, South Africa

The oldest eatery in the village is the ideal place to recharge your batteries - either in the shady garden or inside in the cool interior. Open 08h00 – 15h00 every day during holiday season. Idil Sheard, the most knowleadgable person on the village’s history, welcomed us friendly and seated us at a wooden table with a red gingham table cloth. During breakfast the restaurant was constantly filled with a steady stream of tourists. A selection of hearty farm breakfasts is on offer as well as Karoo lamb (platters, chops, curry, stew) and vegetarian platter and salads for lunch. Idil bakes fresh pancakes and scones and serves generous pots of coffee and tea. We loved the Compass breakfasts, served with home-made toasted bread, cheese and jam.
The service was efficient and very friendly, although at a slower pace than city slickers are used too. We returned several times for breakfast, lunch and Karoo dinners on request.
Ideal for the best breakfast in the village.

3. The Karoo Lamb

New St | Nieu-Bethesda, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations African Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +27 49 841 1642
Excellent
19%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
10%
Terrible
13%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 94 reviews

The Karoo Lamb

Casual home-style cooking, often featuring local Karoo lamb and venison and local vegetables in season

Reviewed By Elsa W - Johannesburg, South Africa

Although we were seated fast and given menus, the service from then on was very slow...the coffee plunger did not plunge properly and let all the coffee grains through and the breakfast was small and very expensive. Luckily we could fill up on homemade bread and jams which was nice.

4. Auntie Evelyn se Eekplek

4 Kloof St, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa Seating African Lunch +27 83 873 5526
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Auntie Evelyn se Eekplek

Reviewed By Mdvluap - Pretoria, South Africa

Eating at Auntie Evelyne is like going to lunch at your granny's place. Auntie Evelyne's food is typical Karoo farm style cooking. There is a homeliness to the experience with the whole family participating in serving you. Beautiful singing by the children. A definitive South African experience that adds to Nieu Bethesda's character.

5. The Ibis Lounge

Martin Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$118 +27 72 110 6254
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

The Ibis Lounge

Imagine tucking into slow-roasted Karoo lamb, potato and onion fritters, roasted baby butternut and fresh garden vegetables while enjoying the ambience of one of Nieu-Bethesda’s eclectic gathering spots. The Ibis Lounge, situated on Martin Street, is the place to be, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm (or when the last guest leaves), we serve burgers, pitas, steaks, pasta and curry. Try our lamb shank over pasta or allow us to tempt you with decadent desserts, marvelous milkshakes. Coffee aficionados can get their fix with their choice of cappuccino, latte, Americano, mocha or espresso – our range is selected from around the world, and we have strong and bitter, sweet medium and mild aromatic roasts to suit nearly every taste. All our meats are sourced locally, served with organic veggies from our garden, when in season. Our Slow Sundays are a treat when we offer guests a slow roast every Sunday from 1pm. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. In need of a little retail therapy? Our Karoo-themed gift shop stocks a variety of handmade artisan goods sourced in southern Africa. Browse through our range of pottery, clothing, art, soap, t-shirts, sweets, handspun wool, glassware, wooden items and more.

Reviewed By Kardoesie - Johannesburg, South Africa

We returned to experience dinner at The Ibis. We pre-booked with restaurateurs Johan & Barbara Weitz. Three members in our party enjoyed succulent lamb shanks, whilst I savoured my beef curry made with beef fillet. The dishes were presented beautifully, and the portions were generous. The dishes were outstanding! We also enjoyed crème brûlée and panna cotta respectively – delicately flavoured and skilfully prepared. The service was friendly and professional.
Ideal for gourmet Karoo food.

6. The Tower Restaurant

Muller Street | Bethesda Arts Centre, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +27 73 028 8887
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

The Tower Restaurant

The Tower Restaurant for guests and visitors to the centre serves a wide variety of dishes including the famous Karoo Lamb and Curries. Vegetarians are thoughtfully catered for with an inspiring selection of dishes such as moussaka, tortilla, Thai butternut soup and vegetable curries. Dishes are often made with vegetables we&apos;ve grown ourselves. The cooks and waiters are also artists in the project.

Reviewed By Jannie V

Food was well prepared but several items not available. Music stopped playing and nobody attended. Service was poor. Better other places in Nieu Bethesda

7. Manna

437 Pienaar Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Manna

Reviewed By Kardoesie - Johannesburg, South Africa

Having a passion for pastry, discovering Manna in Nieu-Bethesda is indeed manna from above! André bakes superb, flaky pastries. We visited on a Sunday after church and I opted for a pain au chocolat as well as a plain croissant, while my husband ordered the lemon cake with our coffees. The pastries were divine! The setting in the established garden is glorious. The service and whole experience was excellent. Verify the facebook page for opening times.
Ideal for pastry and coffee lovers

8. Die Waenhuis Restaurant & Function Venue

Cnr Martin & Hudson, Nieu-Bethesda 6286, South Africa Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, American, British, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$86 +27 84 862 8280
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Die Waenhuis Restaurant & Function Venue

Set within the award winning venue Die Waenhuis, our restaurant offers simple, fresh and home cooked meals. Open every day during season (from 14th Dec to 14th Jan), we offer a culinary as well as a visual delight. Open from 9am to 8.30pm, our kitchen caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as all day tea and coffee, served with cake or tart, baked fresh every day.

Reviewed By lgriffiths2017 - Cape Town, South Africa

We enjoyed wonderful hospitality and beautifully prepared country food so typical of the Karoo here. Delicious Karoo Lamb, scrumptious. The hosts were so friendly and informative and their renovation/refurbishment into a country restaurant is astonishing. The beautiful green courtyard is redolent with fresh herbs and vegetables for the kitchen but looks like a manicured garden. Other guests also made the point of saying they would be back for Sunday lunches. We unfortunately live too far away but loved the visit.

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