Restaurateurs in the St Francis area met to discuss the way forward

Some information posted on social media that some traders may have missed.

In a proactive move, restaurateurs in the St Francis area met at the Links on Friday morning to compare notes and combine efforts in prevention and management of the uncertain times we currently find ourselves in. Hours affected by new liquor trading regulations, interpretations of the regulations (with the help of the Restaurant Association of South Africa), the slowdown in business, staffing, suppliers and an uncertain future was discussed.

The positive outcome was that our guests may rest assured that restaurateurs are taking this pandemic seriously and are doing everything in our power to safeguard our patrons. Covid-19 has hit the hospitality industry hard and there are ways in which you can assist with the livelihood of those in the industry including their employees.

Please support them by making use of limited trading services and take-aways on offer. Many are even offering free delivery services. And respect the new regulations which everyone agrees must be adhered to: When last rounds are called, let’s not challenge the managers or staff. It’s good to see local business stand together during this time of crisis. We will continue to meet as the Coronavirus unfolds.


Should you wish to publish your take- away menu online St Francis Today will happily publish it at no charge on a section of the newsletter we are creating for these menus. For more information call Colin on 082 554 0796 or mail Menus can be in MSWord format, as PDF’s or Jpegs / PNG format.

Do holiday crowds cause locals to hibernate?

There certainly could be a good argument that when the holiday crowds arrive some locals disappear into their hibernation burrows waiting for the crowds to go before reuniting with their fellow St Franciscans. But it seems some need a major occasion to arise and reunite and what better than a good offer –  Half Price Pizza? And so many familiar faces were to be seen at Full Stop Cafe last evening.

The popular Full Stop half price pizza was re-introduced after a two month break over the season saw friends and families reunite in their masses at Full Stop Café. Other restaurants offer specials after the season but none appear to attract quite the crowd that Full Stop Café seems able to draw to partake of their great pizza menu. And it is not only about pizza for their burgers too are among the best you will taste anywhere.

Kids play area at Full Stop Cafe

What is now Full Stop Café  certainly has transformed itself over the years from a rather dingy little pub, Stix, five or so year ago to a popular music venue / restaurant / pub, Rock Lily for a few years and a little more than a year ago, into a bright, airy and  popular family friendly eatery. The large garden offers a safe and secure child friendly playing area complete with a jumping castle, water fountain and jungle gym where kids work off their energy leaving their parents free to enjoy their pizza, burger or one of the other choices  off a really nice menu. And talking of kids it really is a great venue to hold a kids birthday party. Not bad for a 60th or 70th celebration either!


If you missed the pizza evening, St Francis Links is having one of their famous curry evening this evening at just R for a choice of Bombay Chicken Curry, South African Lamb Curry and Butternut & Lentil Curry. Delicious!


Sarah-Jane at Dune Ridge has introduced a new daily menu, yes the menu is changed daily and offers the discerning diner some truly exciting fare. Those who have yet to visit Dune Ridge, it truly is worth the drive. The short stretch of dirt road sets the scene for your visit into the country and it has to be one of the loveliest dining venues in the area. Give it a try!


Here is tonight’s menu at Dune Ridge (29th January)

DINERS CLUB Annual Winelist Awards Eastern Cape

Diners Club is celebrating its coveted Winelist Awards with events in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Eastern/Southern Cape this month: The Eastern and Southern Cape and Klein Karoo winners were announced at a function at Monet’s at Fancourt, George.

See list of winners below.

The Diners Club Winelist Awards have honoured the best wine lists in the country for over two decades and attract restaurants eager to gain recognition for the energy and attention they put into their wine lists. 2019 saw a year-on-year entry growth of over 10% – this reflects that an ever-growing number of establishments and patrons appreciate that the perfect meal is greatly enhanced by a fine wine to match.

This year, 205 restaurants from around the country submitted wine lists for judging by a select panel led by publisher of the Platter’s by Diners Club Wine Guide, Jean-Pierre Rossouw.

“It’s clear that dining establishments are giving their wine lists ever-more attention, and a trend that I’d really like to applaud is the growing number of wine stewards and sommeliers that curate and present the lists,” says Rossouw. “It’s also encouraging to note the number of establishments offering a wider choice of wines by the glass.”

The Diners Club Winelist Awards are a benchmark for excellence in the restaurant industry and it was encouraging to see as many as 47 restaurants countrywide achieving Diamond status this year.

Diners Club has a long history of supporting the wine industry. The response to this annual competition confirms the high standard of restaurants around the country and the significant choice our cardholders have when it comes to eating out.

In addition to Head Judge JP Rossouw, the judging panel comprised leading experts, Pete Goffe-Wood, Spencer Fondaumiere, Karin Visser and James Mukosi.


Platinum Awards

  • Pumba Private Game Reserve – Bush Lodge, Highlands, Makana Municipality
  • Pumba Private Game Reserve – Water Lodge, Highlands, Makana Municipality
  • Chatter’s Bistro, Knysna
  • De Viswijf Restaurant, Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Dune Ridge Country House, St Francis Bay
  • Gallery Café, Prince Albert (Klein Karoo)
  • Hacklewood Hill Country House, Port Elizabeth
  • Hopefield Country House, Sundays River Valley Addo
  • Hunter Hotel Group, Plettenberg Bay
  • Lairds Lodge Country Estate, Jeffrey’s Bay
  • Swartberg Country Manor, Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo
  • The Fat Fish Restaurant, George
  • The Fat Fish Restaurant, Plettenberg Bay
  • The Hussar Grill Walmer, Port Elizabeth
  • The Hussar Grill, George
  • The Sands @ St Francis Bay
  • The Verandah Beach Hotel, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

Gold Awards

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria Boardwalk, Port Elizabeth


St Francis Tourism entities win awards

We left out a couple of awards when we congratulated some of the regional winners of Lilizela Regional Wards last week so here are all the Kouga winners as well as a Platinum Wine award for a local guest house.

The following accommodation establishments and activities in the greater Kouga / Tsitsikamma region were awarded for their efforts and are selected as the Eastern Cape finalists in the South African Lilizela Tourism Awards for 2019. The Lilizela Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses that work passionately and with pride to deliver a world-class product and service, and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.

Congratulations to all the finalists but especially our (St Francis) Dune Ridge Country House (4* Country House) – St Francis Bay, Beach Break (5* Self-catering shared vacation) – Cape St Francis, The Baviaans Camino (Action & Adventure) – which is run by Eric and Esti Stewart who also run the very successful Chokka Trail that was a winner in the Beach Experience category. Other winners in the region were – Tsitsikamma Backpackers (4* Backpackers & Hosteling) – Storms River, Thunzi Bush Lodge (4* Self-catering shared vacation) – Kouga, Untouched Adventures (Scenic Beauty) – Tsitsikamma National Park, Tsitsikamma.

All the finalist now progress to the national awards event that will be held in Johannesburg  in October so best of luck to all our finalists. Bring home the bacon.

And more good news for Dune Ridge who have just received a Platinum Award for their wine list from Diners Club international

And for food lovers, do not miss Dune Ridge’s superb Sunday Lunch menu offering this Sunday and a chance to order some of that wine from their Platinum Collection.

Some good news for Coffee and Pizza lovers

The Tenant Centre on St Francis Drive One has been a hive of activity with Legends bub being demolished along with changes to the paint and knitting shops both vacating for what will soon house Maritime Marine when it relocates.

Also undergoing some changes has been on of local coffee lovers favourite havens, Pedal & Spoke has been closed for the past few weeks undergoing a makeover. The refurb has takebn a little longer than it should have so with Rambling Rosa closed for the annual break, coffee lover have been limited in choice. Well all that will change this morning, or so we hear for Pedal & Spoke will open around about the time we send out this newsletter.

An offer you cannot refuse!

Still a very well-kept secret to many a St Franciscans is the multi-purpose accommodation / camping and caravan park / event & wedding venue and restaurant situated at the corner of the R330 and the Oyster Bay Road. We write of WaterberryPark set on a triangle of land stretching from the Oyster Bay road almost to the river running parallel to R330 until it meets the Kromme River bridge

Becoming increasingly popular as it is discovered by more and more locals is their Berries Cafe & Bar which serves up a delightful menu of light fare as well as having their own purpose built  Wood Fired Pizza Oven.  

If you haven’t yet visited Waterberry Park you are in for a surprise for co-owners David and Gary have transformed this piece of real estate on the border of St Francis into a garden, dare we day it. Eden. The restaurant is situated in the main building facing onto gardens both to the east and to the west. Now all those living in St Francis know our prevailing winds are east and west and when they blow the wind can make outdoor life, unless you surfing, quite miserable. Well clever architectural design allow diners to enjoy dining outdoors no matter the wind direction. There is of course indoor dining in the cosy restaurant for the chilly days and evenings.

Well here is a great offer at Berries Cafe for the month of June but starting yesterday.

Order two pizza’s but only pay for one.

And there pizza’s are great, SFT has eaten at Berries several times and never been disappointed with the quality.