The Kitchen (Woodstock)

The Kitchen (Woodstock)
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R50 avg main meal
Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Bistro fare
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Lentswe Bhengu

Take our advice: come early and come hungry! The Kitchen is hugely popular for its plentiful salads at lunch time – there are up to 20 on offer every day – and the famous “Love Sandwich”, which is made on an artisanal roll from the nearby Woodstock Bakery then filled with your choice of gammon, grilled chicken, honey-mustard sausage, melanzane, pastrami, falafel or avo and bacon and The Kitchen’s signature pestos, salads and secret “Love Potion”. The salads are available to take away or to eat in: choose either three or five of your favourites (add protein if you like), then find a seat at one of the long tables or at the counter. It can get pretty packed at lunch time, but a space usually opens up quickly. There are also a few tables on the pavement outside.

Breakfast is also on offer earlier in the day, with the likes of owner Karen Dudley’s creamy, dreamy eggs, French or anchovy toast, or the Appleteria – yoghurt, apple, house-made granola, almonds, dates, cinnamon and honey. Enjoy a coffee and a treat after your meal; the World Peace brownies are highly recommended – gooey and deliciously chocolatey.

Tea, coffee, fresh juices and other soft drinks.

The service is always friendly and helpful.

Mismatched, vintage crockery and communal tables make you feel like you’re eating with friends, making for a fun dining experience.

The Kitchen has a stall at the popular Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill on weekends.

(September 2016)

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  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food
  • Lentswe Bhengu

    This bustling little eatery in Woodstock is always crammed with happy diners and lots of regulars who come for the generous portions, fresh and colourful salads and the great vibe, as set by amiable owner Karen Dudley. The culture at The Kitchen allows for customers to create their own salads and sandwiches, which bring so much freedom. Homey large bowls of pre-made salads are displayed in bounty behind and on top of the counter. The set menu and specials of the day are written out on a large chalk wall. The majority of the salads are vegetarian-friendly, but optional meat like roast gammon and chicken can be added if you need a protein fix. During winter they offer a soup of the day; the minestrone soup for instance is well seasoned, hearty and bursting with tasty veggies. It’s fun to creat your own sandwich, I opted for the combination of daily roasted chicken with a mixture of lentil and green salad – absolutely delicious.

    As this is a breakfast and lunch deli spot, the restaurant specialises in healthy, fresh juices, teas and coffee options rather than a fully stocked booze bar.

    The servers are very attentive to each diner and their experience.

    The walls are adorned with and eclectic mix of antique crockery, lending an ornate feeling. You can’t help but feel relaxed in this quaint but trendy Woodstock space. There’s an energetic buzz during lunchtime. Seats and tables are shared; there are also a couple of seats outside to snap up when the weather’s nice.


    Don’t worry too much if you get there and can’t seem to spot a seat – seating fills up quickly but the seats turn quickly as well.

    (October 2015)


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

Stores and Markets

Owner: Karen Dudley

Opening times: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 3.30pm

Karen Dudley, a familiar stallholder at the Neighbourgoods Market, now serves her yummy bakes and breads at her own little eatery. Using the best fresh ingredients, she creates wholesome salads with quirky dressings like the ‘love potion’ and chunky ‘love sandwiches’ with classic fillings and homemade pesto, mayo and pickles on artisanal rolls. The lunch menu changes daily. Vegetarians will love the bean, chickpea, lentil, bulgur wheat, roast Mediterranean vegetable and couscous salads. Mostly a self-service salad bar but the table service is as quick on the draw as Billy the Kid – with oodles of charm on the side. Pull up a bar stool at this cosy neighbourhood coffee shop and deli with vintage bowls of fresh food stacked on warm wooden shelves.

Tip: They now have a salad-cam available which allows you to see into their fridges with live streaming to find out which sleds would be served for that day. This is highly effective as their salads change on a daily basis.

Store categories
Bakeries, Delis and farm stalls, Party fare – catering

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