The Cape Grand Cafe in Beaconsfield is something of an antidote to cliches of colonial, safari or Disneyfied Africa – owners Mark and Jonette Seeby have managed to create a contemporary international South African restaurant in the heart of England
Although in the UK there are a handful of restaurants with South African owners or themed menu items, nobody has yet managed to assertively recreate a contemporary international South African restaurant of the sort you”d find on the beachfront in Camps Bay.
Finally in Beaconsfield, bon vivant couple Mark and Jonette Seeby have done just that. Cape Grand Cafe has become a meeting place of well-heeled South African socialites and has the feeling of being welcomed to their private dinner party.
Jonette is an ex-interior designer and this shows in her attention to detail and overall flair. Decorated in a tasteful combination of textured wooden surfaces and theatrical antique pieces, The Cape Grand Cafe is something of an antidote to existing cliches of colonial, safari or Disneyfied Africa.
Additionally SA menus abroad sometimes take our legendary love of red meat to ridiculous extremes and although the Cape Grand”s menu does boast springbok and bobotie, it”s balanced with a great range of fish: calamari, scallop, kingklip, sea bass (perhaps the clue is in the name of the restaurant). We had scallops and sea bass with springbok and crab salad. The meals have that rare home cooked feel to them, generous portions served quickly and efficiently by charming staff. Mark is an obvious wine enthusiast and takes pride in recommending a decent South African wine to go with your meal.
So we can happily recommend you put Cape Grand Cafe as a destination night out into your diary sometime very soon. If you”re coming from London, Beaconsfield is 20 minutes on the train from Marylebone and the restaurant is literally two minutes away.
(Turn Right out the Beaconsfield station, walk up the road and at the T junction it”s diagonally across the road).
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