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.
Open: Wed to Sat 8:00 till 16:00; Sun 12:00 till 15:00 (buffet)
Closed: Mon and Tues
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