If ever you get a chance to explore the Rheenendal Ramble – an informal lucky packet of stops along the Rheenendal Road 15km west of Knysna on South Africa’s Garden Route – make sure you visit Totties Farm Kitchen for lunch or tea. You’ll get good food in charmingly old-fashioned surroundings.
The restaurant is named after Florence Eleanor van Reenen, nicknamed ‘Tottie’ because she used to call her grandchildren ‘Little Tots’. Born in New Zealand in 1878, she came to South Africa as a nurse during the Anglo-Boer War. She started a general dealer and butcher here in 1922 to supply the staff from her husband’s sawmill. Part of the restaurant used to be her house, and today it’s run by descendants of her family.
[2022 update: Sadly, Totties Farm Kitchen was a casualty of the pandemic but you can still visit the historic space and enjoy the weekly Totties Country Market on Sundays from 10:00 till 15:00.]
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