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
4 based on 175 reviews
http://www.nieubethesda.co.za/brewery.htm <br>Andre Cilliers: +27 49 841 1602 and +27 76 512 9026 [email protected]
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!
4 based on 19 reviews
Real authentic Karoo dining establishment.
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.
3.5 based on 94 reviews
Casual home-style cooking, often featuring local Karoo lamb and venison and local vegetables in season
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.
4.5 based on 14 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 128 reviews
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.
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.
4 based on 32 reviews
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've grown ourselves. The cooks and waiters are also artists in the project.
Food was well prepared but several items not available. Music stopped playing and nobody attended. Service was poor. Better other places in Nieu Bethesda
4 based on 10 reviews
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
4.5 based on 24 reviews
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.
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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