Hartford House

The Home of Good Conversation, Fine Wine and Classic Horses.

Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

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La Motte Eat Out People's Choice Award

When fortune smiles on you, you'd better remember just how illusive these things are. The six consecutive National Breeders' Titles that've befallen Summerhill in recent years, have been matched almost blow-for-blow by the "little sister" Hartford House, and it's much acclaimed restaurant.

Most followers of these columns are already aware that Hartford once again made the Country's Top Ten Restaurants at the Eat Out Gala Function in Cape Town last weekend, the only recipient in KwaZulu Natal. And that this followed hard on the heels of it's second year-in-row billing as House and Leisure / Visa's Best Restaurant in South Africa in October.

But there was more to come; in a brand new initiative this year, Eat Out launched a parallel competition on the web to find South Africa's most popular restaurant, sponsored by the makers of La Motte wines, spectacular gems of Franschoek.

By a margin of more than double of it's nearest pursuer, Hartford House was polled the "Top Dog", the best sign if ever it was needed, of the loyalty of its customers and that it is, without any doubt, the "People's Choice".

Spare a thought though for where we are. Surely the remotest of all the leading 20 restaurants in the nation, and in a province, assuming the critics got this right, not entirely celebrated for it's culinary hot spots, on a little old Zulu farm 10km outside of the dustiest dorp in the KZN Midlands.

Goes to show, when the show's good, anything is possible. We look forward to that case of La Motte. If you voted for us, come and enjoy it with us!

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Hartford Angus / Summerhill Stud (p)

Hartford Angus / Summerhill Stud (p)


For more than a decade now, diners at Hartford House’s legendary restaurant, where celebrity chef, Jackie Cameron, “wows” them with the best beef fillet on the planet, have proclaimed the virtues of our Angus beef.

But besides “Woolies”, who’s fussy customers only buy Angus, South Africa seems to have overlooked one of the world’s best kept secrets, in much the same way as we bypassed the “Danehill” phenomenon in the stallion business.

Fast forward nine hours to Melbourne, Australia, where Channel Nine was banging on last Wednesday morning about their “big” discovery, almost as though they’ve struck oil. Angus beef has been proclaimed the best by a country mile, and there’s hardly a food outlet not offering it on their speciality menus.

It’s well know back home, that our Agriculture Manager, Barry Watson, presides over one of South Africa’s finest Angus commercial herds and they’ve won countless awards. Just a few years back, the President of the largest commercial beef farmers union in the world (Argentina) was a house guest at Hartford House. He left us after a week, conceding that the Hartford beef was up there with the very best he’d ever eaten.

But ours is no ordinary herd. They don’t just taste so good. They eat so good, as complementary grazers for the horses. They like the pastures long, while the horses like it short.

They pick up the horse parasites (it’s a symbiotic relationship, much like zebra and wildebeest in the wilds) they control the ticks (and facilitate the export status of our thoroughbreds in the process), and in general, they provide the variety so essential to the delight of the eyes on any proper farm property.