Great fare for all at The Barn


On a recent Saturday afternoon, a few friends and I set off to find a new restaurant in Thornhill, just outside Port Elizabeth towards Jeffreys Bay, which had been highly recommended by a client.

We found The Barn at The Thornhill Farm on the R102 just off the N2 highway. Upon arrival, we noticed a red brick building that looked like a functional farm barn, but on closer inspection, we could see tables and chairs dotted about in the grounds and under cover on the porch. A friendly black Labrador bounded out to greet us and the atmosphere was set!

Entering the building, we were greeted by the manager, Celeste, and we promptly chose a table and perused the rustic interior. Having heard that The Barn carries the full range of delicious Emerald Vale Ales on tap, we opted to try a few samples before settling on a variety of each!

With the drinks orders taken, we scoured the menus, which consisted mostly of steak, burger and pizza options. At this point, Owen, jovial owner of the restaurant and Thornhill Farm Guest House, came across to talk us through our options and explained his passion for food and his culinary history on the European continent – the inspiration for The Barn.

After our chat, the four of us chose two Barn Burgers (one with cheese and one with pepper sauce) and two pizzas (one Siciliana with chicken, mushrooms, mozzarella, peppers, onion and one Al Carne with bacon, salami, ham, mozzarella, olives). We sipped our craft beers and admired the vintage furniture and recycled decor while the pizza oven’s wood fire crackled in the background.

Before long our meals arrived, along with a second round of ales! We were immediately struck by the mouth-watering quality of what we saw. The burger patties were plump and clearly hand-made, served on freshly-baked Portuguese rolls, along with chips and fantastic onion rings. Our pizzas were crisp and flavourful - proving that you needn’t go overboard with toppings to make a great tasting pizza! The conversation lagged while we took time to savour the meals and enjoy our afternoon surroundings.

Checking up on our table, Owen took the time to explain that The Barn also offers Sunday lunches, complete with roast pork, roast chicken, vegetables, roast potato and a pudding.  Friday night meals include complimentary ale, glass of wine or a glass of Emerald Vale ice tea.

With our hunger busted and thirst quenched, we thanked Owen, Celeste and the friendly Labrador as we made our exit.

The Barn offers an exceptional value, quality meal in welcoming surroundings and their craft ales make the trip worthwhile. I recommend a visit or as a pit stop to or from Jeffreys Bay.

For more information, visit or call 042 286 0612 / 081 834 4136 or email [email protected]