SUPERB COUNTRY DINING: Falcon Rock’s great character, picturesque setting and fine food

BY KIRSTEN EMERY - JULY 30, 2014

Situated just outside Port Elizabeth, at the base of the majestic Lady’s Slipper mountain is a quaint establishment run by an amazing family. Starting as a small pub almost 8 years ago, Falcon Rock Country Restaurant is now a diner’s destination with a combined experience of excellent food, a great atmosphere and beautiful mountain scenery.

The area around the restaurant is steeped in history. The Lady’s Slipper mountains distinctive rock formation, which overlooks Falcon Rock Country Restaurant, was a well-known feature that travellers used as a guide on long journeys from the old Cape Colony and the nearby Van Stadens Gorge was a watering hole for oxen and travellers alike.

Today, Falcon Rock Country Restaurant continues this legacy and offers a place where family and friends can relax, eat, drink and enjoy its historical surrounds.

On arriving at the restaurant, we were warmly welcomed and shown to our table which was bedecked with fresh flowers and candles. The décor inside the restaurant included a full grown tree around which the restaurant was designed.

Falcon Rock’s huge windows allowed us full view of its expansive jungle gym and kid’s play area as well as the mountain. While the kids played outside, my boyfriend and I were able to relax and take in the ambiance - drinks in hand.

Gary, who handles the day to day running of the restaurant, also came out to greet us before discussing any special dietary needs we might have. He returned to the kitchen where he worked his magic on our order of a lamb shank for me and the rump and calamari order by my boyfriend. The kids both decided to have a burger, one chicken and one beef.

When the food arrived, I immediately knew we would be taking home doggy bags.  The kids’ burgers alone took up almost an entire plate, never mind the chips. My lamb shank was the softest I have ever tasted and perfectly complimented by mash potatoes and butternut, both of which have secret ingredients.

My boyfriend’s calamari was done to perfection as well as his rump. He tried very hard to steal some of my butternut, but I won. 

The generous burgers resulted in the children passing on dessert! The temptation was too great for the adults though. I had their lemon cheesecake and my boyfriend had ice-cream and chocolate sauce.

I truly enjoyed my visit to Falcon Rock and I will be visiting again soon.

You can contact Gary on 041 956 0151 or visit www.falconrock.co.za for more information