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Restaurants with fireplaces in the Midlands and surrounds

Winter is here, meaning it’s time to pour yourself a questionably large glass of wine and hunker down next to a roaring fire. Warm your bones and eat well at these restaurants with fireplaces in the KZN Midlands, Drakensberg and surrounds.

Abingdon Wine Estate (Lions River)

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay warm and get lost in your own thoughts, this is definitely the spot. With three dedicated fireplaces and a seasonal menu, you’d be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave. Go for lunch on Saturdays or Sundays and feast on the pulled oxtail stew.

The crackling fire at Abingdon Wine Estate. Photo supplied.

Blueberry Café (Netherwood Farm)

This laid-back eatery offers stunning views, whether it’s a sunny or misty winter day. The restaurant boasts large windows with field vistas, but the warmth of the central fireplace will keep your toes toasty while your tuck into the farm-style fare.

Caversham Mill (Howick)

A stalwart in the Howick area, this cosy old restaurant offers beautiful views of the waterfall and has a wood-burning indoor fireplace for frosty days. The restaurant has real farmhouse charm and serves up some delicious, wholesome food, such as haddock pie, roast dinners, fresh trout and warming soups.

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse (Drakensberg)

A winter’s trip to the Drakensberg is not complete without a visit to this warm, comfortable restaurant. Don’t forget to try the seven-course dinner ofr the 3 course breakfast which the chef strives to produce the freshest ingredients available to him. Book a room at the hotel before heading for a fireside dinner.

The inviting Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse interior. Photo supplied.

The Farmer’s Daughter (Howick)

This welcoming restaurant overlooks the Howick valley and has a roaring old-fashioned fireplace to keep customers warm in the colder months. Head here for fresh bakes, breakfasts, wholesome lunches and delicious hot coffee for a warming winter feast.

Hartford House (Mooi River)

Serving elegant and seasonal dishes, this old-fashioned manor house is a special treat for Midlands visitors. Enjoy the six-course tasting menu served at dinner time on the candlelit verandas available at Hartford house. The beautifully decorated rooms are lush, with regal fireplaces dotted throughout.

A beautifully presented dish at Hartford House. Photo supplied.

Il Postino Pizzeria (Dargle)

This Dargle restaurant is a great pizza pitstop for those meandering in the Midlands, with its bar and restaurant fireplaces. Book your table close to the warmth and enjoy tasty pizza options like the Midlands Medley – topped with mozzarella, caramelised onion, camembert cheese and basil pesto – and the Alla Sud Africana with boerewors, biltong, onion and cherry tomatoes.

La Lampara (Lidgetton)

Take a relaxing trip to the Midlands and stop by this popular Tuscan-style restaurant for outstanding thin-crust pizzas and pastas to be enjoyed alongside the warm and roaring indoor fireplace.

Exterior at La Lampara. Photo supplied.

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