Enjoy the fine food offered by local village restaurants


A visit to Prince Albert is all about relaxing and enjoying yourself.  We have enough restaurants so that you can eat your way through a weekend without visiting the same place twice – although you may want to, they are so good!


Some of our restaurants only open on certain days of the week.  You can check the calendar of events to make sure your choice is open on a specific date.


To make things easy, we divided the restaurants into three categories and added a list of those that will cater so that you can have the best of both worlds – restaurant food at home.


Photo of Coffee Shop at the Hotel Coffee Shop at the Hotel

Hours: 7h00 to 18h00

Open daily  for breakfast, lunch and delectable cakes. We now also offer a scrumptious tapas menu.

Join us for our very special and very famous Sunday lunch roast from 12h00 onwards


Olives and olive products, freshly baked breads, Preserves.  Selection of locally hand-made products and Kokkedoor Merchandise.  Orders taken for cakes and other baked goods.


Enjoy a drink and catch up on the day’s events in our nostalgic ladies bar.

Air-conditioned in summer with a lovely fireplace in winter.

Photo of The Real Food Company The Real Food Company

Restaurant, Delicatessen and Cooking Classes


Tapas-style dishes inspired from around the world. We serve ‘small-plates’ of delicious, contemporary food.

There is no need for bookings, except if you have a large group. There is ample space to sit or stand around the bar.

Operating hours:


Wednesday to Saturday 17:00 – 22:00


Saturday from 12:00

Fully licensed

We accept Visa and Mastercard


Our deli stocks a range of locally crafted cured meats, all made from sustainable and ethically farmed sources.

Hand-made cured meat products

Free-range chicken

Specialty range of deli products

Ready meals (an assortment of prepared meals for your convenience)

Picnic hampers (Available with advance notice)


Trading hours –

Monday to Saturday 9 am – 5 pm


We offer casual and very entertaining cooking classes for the novice as well as more advanced cooks.

Half-day or full day courses as well as longer more specialised courses which require a couple of days.

Jeremy Freemantle – 082 319 7031

see our restaurant
Photo of SPAR supermarket SPAR supermarket

The largest grocery store in town with the widest selection of products.  You can draw cash at the till points.

Mon – Thur –  7:30 am – 6 pm

Fri – 7:30 am – 7 pm

Sat – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

Sun – 8 am – 1 pm

Deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables arrive on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and are on the shelves by 3 pm.

We stock a large variety of local produce – olive oil and olive products, dried fig products, jams and preserves and dairy products from Gay’s Guernsey Dairy.

Prince Albert Spar aims to serve the community – tell us if you would like us to stock a specific product.  We offer a number of additional services such as doing special orders for restaurants.

With regular competitions and the My Spar Rewards card, we put benefits back in our own community.

Go to our full page to see our shop in action, competition winners and the specials of the moment.

our shop
Photo of Simply Saffron Simply Saffron

Restaurant open Friday and Saturday evenings.  Healing room and yoga every day.

A fusion of fragrant spices and quality local ingredients is the hallmark of Simply Saffron. To complement this we have health and wellness in the form of healing massage and reflexology as well as yoga.

Photo of The Conservatory The Conservatory

You are in for a special treat when the beautiful Conservatory at Dennehof Karoo Guesthouse is open for dinner.

Dennehof is renowned for its hospitality, atmosphere, beautiful garden and fantastic breakfasts for guests.

Now this tradition is extended with great, innovative dinners.

Not open to a specific schedule – check the Prince Albert calendar to see when you can book for this special event.

Booking essential

Not licensed, bring your own wine

Credit cards accepted

Photo of The Olive Branch Restaurant The Olive Branch Restaurant


Hours:  Wednesdays from 06:00 – 14:00

Freshly baked baguette, croissant, pain aux raisin, sourdough bread rolls, selection of savoury and sweet tarts, hot chocolate & coffee.

Prior orders for bread, croissants and tarts are welcome

The Bakery opens at 6.00am for fresh baked goods.



We have had great feedback for our Sunday Garden Lunches

Our Sunday Karoo Lunch starts at 12h00. It comprises a choice of 3 courses (2 meat and 1 vegetarian) plus a dessert for R180.00 per person. Bread and vegetables are included.


Seasonal flavours of home-grown herbs, fruit and vegetables. Mediterranean influences. Restaurant rated by Dine 2006, 2007 as one of SA’s top 100 restaurants. We do not have a credit card facility. However, we do have a liquor licence, a corkage charge is made if you bring your own wine.  The focus is on locally produced vegetables and free range birds, venison, and lamb.

Our price is R280.00 per person.

Hendry Olivier (Kokkedoor) has taken charge of running the Olive Branch. Our staff of the last 13 years are still with us and Bokkie’s role is now that of Italian (South African) grandfather and mentor. Bokkie has had to face up to the fact that more customers want to have their pictures taken with Hendry than he ever experienced!

Experience good food made with love!

Kindly contact Hendry or Bokkie for bookings on 0720803619 (Hendry) or  0828927222 (Bokkie) bokkieb@iafrica.com

Obviously Hendry will not open if there are no bookings, or if the small number of bookings makes it uncomfortable for guests and restaurant and will phone guests in good time if opening becomes impossible.

RESERVATIONS:  Chef Hendry: 072 080 3619

Photo of O for Olive at Swartrivier O for Olive at Swartrivier

Swartrivier Farm is the oldest olive farm in the area and a true landmark of the Prince Albert community.


Beginning just beyond the town’s doorstep, our farm stretches over 668 hectares of beautiful Karoo countryside.


The 17 hectare olive orchards are home to more than 3,000 mature trees- Mission and Manzanilla, completed by Leccino, Frantoio and other oil cultivars. We have a proud tradition of growing delicious olives and producing our own extra virgin oil and other products, all available under the O for Olive brand.


Our products are available in the farm shop which also offers yummy breakfasts, light lunches and something for the sweet tooth.


A special offer includes a factory tour, tasting and light lunch for R95 per person.


Tuesday to Friday -9 am to 4 pm

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays – 9 am to 2 pm


Photo of The Victoria Room The Victoria Room

VICTORIA ROOM – 18h00 to 22h00 daily

The Victoria Room at the Swartberg Hotel offers a romantic candle lit dinner with interesting Karoo fare from our a la carte menu.  Open 7 days a week  from 6 pm to 10 pm (kitchen closes at 9:30 pm).

Bookings preferable but essential for groups larger than 8 persons.

All major credit card accepted.

Photo of African Relish African Relish

African Relish is a cooking school aimed at the international and local traveler who is looking for something different.

Tourists can participate in hands-on interactive cooking experiences, while learning about South African food and culture and the beautiful Karoo.

African Relish runs two basic course types throughout the year.

Our Anytime cooking courses, like Karoo Classics or Vegetarian, are half or full day and easy to book on short notice.

Browse the classes http://africanrelish.com/anytime-course/ where there is a secure option to book direct or request more information.

Our Scheduled weekend courses with invited chefs such as Richard Bosman and Stef Marais, include longer culinary and special interest retreats like our popular Cycle tour or Yoga retreat.

Browse the scheduled courses at http://africanrelish.com/scheduled-course/

Culinary retreats

African Relish works with Book Clubs, Yoga Masters, cycle tour operators and artists to arrange weeks of cooking paired with other recreation.