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Long weekend: great lunches worth a day trip

Daytrip pic of carGet into the car and take a little drive out of the city; the trip is worth it when a hot meal – and a fireplace – awaits. This is our list of top picks for where your day trip should take you this long weekend.

From Johannesburg

Budmarsh Country Lodge (Magaliesburg)
Best for: the charms of a country-style inn.

Mrs Simpson’s (Dullstroom) 
Best for: comforting food and quirky décor – vintage hats, shoes and handbags – inspired by the Duchess of Windsor.

Stef’s Table (Hartebeespoort) 
Best for: double-baked brie soufflé, an award-winning wine list and an inviting fireplace.

From Bloemfontein

Clementines Restaurant and Bar 🍽 (Clarens)
Best for: retro classics (snails, anyone?) and quaint, countryside charm.

🍽 Available for online bookings on the Eat Out app.

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From Durban

Abingdon Wine Estate (Lions River)
Best for: three roaring fireplaces and hearty tapas like the deboned oxtail served with dipping bread.

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La Lampara Italian Restaurant (Lidgetton)
Best for: the oozing fondant you can enjoy beside the fireplace.

From Cape Town

Betty Blue Bistro (Hermanus) 
Best for: great bakes and ultimate comfort food – like pulled pork pancakes – not to mention the lovely service.

Creation Tasting Room (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley)
Best for: superb wines paired with an award-winning dégustation menu.

Mogg’s Country Cookhouse (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley)
Best for: picturesque views of the mountain and family-friendly facilities – and don’t forget the roaring fireplace.

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