his inviting restaurant, situated at the Wolwespruit Cycling Trail, is not just a phenomenal venue with a breath-taking view over the Wolwespruit’s indigenous vegetation, but a third place in the true definition of the term. It is a go-to destination which has become part of almost every cyclist’s schedule, not to mention the non-cyclers who also congregate here to enjoy some of the best pizzas and authentic food in town.
The intention of the interior design was to emphasize the notion of the restaurant being a third place by creating an environment which is warm, inviting, comfortable and homelike. A tacit approach to design was taken to highlight the understated, genuineness of the menu.
Tiles were especially made for the feature wall at the entrance and contributes to the easy, yet crafted ambiance of the space. The finishes on bar counter itself is discreet, focusing the eye on the display shelf behind the counter. This display shelf is truly what gives the restaurant its soul – showcasing the exquisite wine collection, signage and ornaments. A long central light fitting was designed from plywood to emphasize the linearity of the space and visually frame the bar area. A mix-and-match approach was followed with the loose furniture, using some of their existing furniture and creating new furniture that is functional, yet affordable within the constrained budget. The genus-loci of the natural splendour is enhanced by simply hanging festival lighting on the patios giving the restaurant an inviting and celebratory ambiance at night.
Unpretentious, understated yet tasteful is the tone of the restaurant, created through the interior design and reflected through the simple, yet flavoursome menu. It is a space that anyone can be comfortable in and enjoy the simple pleasures of live.