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Dining Your Dogs in Clarens!

Updated: Apr 21, 2021

Some great pet-friendly restaurants and eateries around Clarens that will welcome your fur-kid with open arms.

Clarens is renowned as a pet-friendly village, so it is natural that most restaurants will welcome your pups with a smile and a bowl of water! For those of you wondering where you can take your hounds when grabbing a bite, here are some favourite doggy haunts around town.

The Grouse & Claret - Clarens Meander - 058 256 1795

A family pub and restaurant situated at the entrance to the village square. The menu has plenty of variety to suit all tastes and that will appeal to the whole family. Specialties include pot-pies, steaks and meat dishes, seafood and curries. The pub and outdoor areas are festive with good pub-grub on offer, washed down with a good selection of beers on tap. With sports event screenings and regular live music, it is a favourite hang-out for locals and visitors alike.

Highland Coffee Roastery - On The Square - 058 256 1136

Highland Coffee Roastery is a micro-roastery that takes great pride and care in roasting 100% Arabica coffees to perfection in small batches. The roastery, shop and espresso bar is in the On The Square Centre on the corner of the square, the ideal spot to sit and relax with a cup of freshly roasted, freshly ground and perfectly prepared coffee (and maybe a tasty muffin), and enjoy the beautiful view of Mount Horeb. A range of signature blends and single origin coffees are on offer as well as coffee accoutrements that belong in your kitchen. Visit their website at

The Highlander Restaurant - Market St - 058 256 1912

Unpretentious and extremely family-friendly, The Highlander is one of the favourite family restaurants in Clarens. Fully licensed with a range of beers-on-tap, it is the perfect easy-eating venue whatever the season. A great selection of wood-fired pizzas, steaks and meat dishes, seafood, salads and a great kiddies menu ensures a fun and satisfying meal out.

Gosto Portuguese Restaurant - On The Square - 076 792 8189

This Portuguese restaurant offers a menu with an interesting twist on Mozambican dishes. Up market ambiance, stylish decor and attentive service seal the deal when you are looking for somewhere special to eat.

The Post House - 276 Main St - 058 256 1534

The Posthouse, situated on main street in a building which once served as the post office, is a Clarens favourite. Warm and cosy in winter, bright and sunny in summer, visitors can either enjoy their meals al-fresco in the sunny open courtyard, or relax inside. Two open fireplaces ensure that diners are comfortably warm on even the coldest nights. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with a wide range of dishes and treats.

Artist's Café - Market Square - 058 256 1404

A great location for watching the world go by: indoor seating, with the fireplace burning warm in winter, or cool comfortable outdoor seating where you can get lost in the views of the mountains and activities taking place on Clarens Square.

Breakfasts include a traditional Boere Breakfast but also caters for the Englishman, the French, the Early Birds and every one in between! Light meals including homemade Quiche and their famous savoury pancakes. Bread baskets are offered with a range of Toasties, healthy Open Sandwiches and Roosterkoek with different fillings which should not be missed. Grills and snack platters come highly recommended with all meats being locally sourced and hung, ready to be prepared to your liking. Those with a sweet tooth can choose from homemade cakes, waffles and pancakes.

The Artist’s Café is fully licensed and have a kiddies menu. Mellow music and relaxed ambiance appeal to the adults while the shady farm-style playground is a safe space to let your little ones unwind.

278 on Main - 278 Main St - 082 556 5208

On the menu throughout the day are a variety of salads comprising fresh farm produce wherever possible and mouth-watering sweet and savoury pancakes. You'll find many international favourites like toasted cheese & tomato as well as scrumptious treats served on ciabattas or toasted paninis.

When the weather is chilly, a bowl of Sue's home-made soup or one of her specialty pasta dishes is always a good option. And if you're not in a hurry, the Beef & Guinness or Baboti are well worth waiting for. Or if you're simply in the mood for a sweet treat you can't go wrong with the chocolate brownies, scones and cream or freshly baked muffins.Dinner is always a culinary delight - try the vegetable spring rolls, duck liver pate with toasted ciabatta or the baked Camembert with Melba toast.

Main course specialties include, lamb shank, melt-in-the mouth lamb curry, oxtail and of course phenomenal Slow roasted duck in an orange brandy sauce.

Finish your meal with one of Sue's outrageously decadent desserts.

Clarens Brewery - Market Square - 058 256 1193

A visit to the Clarens Brewery has become an established tradition when visiting Clarens. Find a bench and watch the world go by while sampling from a range of award winning beers and ciders. Free tasters help you choose your favourite and they have a a delicious lunch menu focusing on German style sausages, local organic cheeses, local breads, relishes and pickles; a perfect accompaniment to their range of beverages. Kiddies haven't been left out and will love the cherry and apple juice. Homemade, of course!

Mosaic Pizzeria - Cnr Van Zyl & Church St - 058 256 1884

This small and friendly pizzeria has built its reputation build their tasty menus. A kiddies menu and large playground ensures that the kids and puppies are well catered for!

Maluti Mountain Lodge - Naauwpoort St - 058 256 1224

A Clarens landmark, the Maluti Mountain Lodge has a relaxed restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a menu that will suit everyone. A drink or meal on the deck with it's stunning view is the ideal place to enjoy a drink or meal.

Die UyshuisR712 toward Bethlehem - 083 284 2655

A farm-stall that's well worth taking a drive to visit. Everything from local meats, deli goods, light meals, gifts and some of the best droëwors you'll find!

Take the R712 toward Bethlehem an look out for it on the right hand side. We hope that you find this information useful and we look forward to welcoming you in Clarens soon!

This article was originally compiled and written by Andrew Knapp of The Design Train and published on the Clarens Guest Accommodation and Clarens Butterfly Beds blog pages.

Permission for reasonable use can be requested from the author.

Andrew Knapp - The Design Train

© Andrew Knapp 2018

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