Enjoy one of the many restaurants in Stanford, from authentic Italian cuisine at La Trattoria, from farm to fork home grown free range cuisine at Graze, Curry at Tikka Palace, Pub food at The Stanford Republic and Table 13. Or pack a bottle of bubbly and a picnic and watch the sun go down on the banks of the river. If it’s the last Friday of the month, the Stanford Sunset Market should be on the Village Green, weather permitting.


The Saturday Morning Market for fresh bakes, home grown vegetables, cold meats, salami, jam, cakes, pies and cheese. The market takes place on the veranda of The Stanford Hotel from 09.00 to noon Saturdays only. The Stanford Museum at The Stanford Hotel is open to the public from 10.00 to noon on Saturdays. Opposite the market on this lively Saturday morning strip, is Graze Slow Food Café – for the most amazing breakfast you can imagine.

Visit the vintage strip along Queen Victoria Street. From The New Junk Shop, Tat, The Stanford Trading Store and Sir Robert Stanford’s Home of Crafts & Antiques for a fabulous selection of antiques, enamelware and bric-a-brac.

Head to a wine-tasting at Raka, Stanford Hills and Sir Robert Stanford Estate. Order a picnic from Kleinriver Cheese and book a boat trip down the river with The River Rat or The African Queen.

The Maison du Carnivore is part of the Stanford Hotel and opens most Saturdays. They serve superb flame grilled steaks served with a French butter sauce and chips with a lovely selection of wine. They only cater for carnivores and have no vegetarian dishes on their menu. Booking essential on 082 7811 704

La Trattoria is situated directly across the road from the Stanford Hotel. Their menu is authentic Italian and they are licensed. No corkage permitted.

Go for an early morning ride with African Horse Company, on the beach in the Gansbaai area. Phone to book 0826679232. Go for a hike at Phillipskop Mountain Reserve Book 0736211808. Go Mountain bike riding / running / walking or strolling. Ask for details.

A gelato is recommended for breakfast on Sunday mornings. The Don Gelato kiosk is situated next to La Trattoria opposite the Stanford Hotel. Also open for breakfast is Yum Café, OuMeul Bakery and Coffee Corner.

The perfect way to end your weekend. We recommend the epic Sunday lunches at Havercrofts, located a minute outside the main village, in a rural setting. Let Innes and Brydon delight your senses with their hearty lunches, Yorkshire pudding and sublime desserts. Book 028 3410 603