When the Cape Town to Caledon railway line was constructed, towns like Somerset West, Grabouw, Caledon and Botrivier opened up to trade with the mother city. The line, running through the Hottentots Mountains was an enormous engineering feat, and this line was an important economic infrastructure until the N2 national road was built just after the Second World War.
This led to the 1903 shunting shed to look for a new purpose which it found it in 2007 when it was beautifully converted to a restaurant and bar, with the entire usual railway paraphernalia, even the original railway sleeping bunks converted to seating. The green leather and bankers lamps remind one of an old fashioned pool room, the atmosphere is relaxed the music taking you back to the 60's and onwards. Enjoy fabulous homemade food and pizza accompanied by local wines and draught beer.
Choose to sit outside with a view overlooking the Botrivier Valley or inside the quirky bar area, and settle in. This restaurant is renowned for the range of freshly made wood fired pizza, sticky ribs, pimped up burgers and traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Open for breakfasts on request, as the breakfast pizza is a bikers favorite with bacon, mushroom, fresh cherry tomatoes, wild rocket, topped with a fried egg.
This quirky, unusual restaurant and bar serves unique food and a selection of the finest local Botrivier Wines from the area. The menu has pizzas, a selection bar none, with a train theme winding through the menu, ranging from the "Orient Express" to the "Blue Train" or "Rovos" you will be back to try them all.
Famous for their mouth watering ribs, you can now choose from the specials menu which changes as local produce becomes available and seasonal. So you’ll always find something to suit any palate. Open for breakfasts, the breakfast pizza a special favorite, lunches, anything you want, and evening meals on the weekend.
The old locomotive shed has been lovingly restored with all the usual railway paraphernalia, the unique relaxed vibe welcomes all including children and our four legged friends. - Even the mother in law
The Shuntin’ Shed has a “local is lekker” policy and use mostly ingredients from local farms for the tasty meals on their menu. Continuing with the policy we support all the Botrivier neighbors and are happy to advice on accommodation, activities and wine farms in the area. Enjoy a pint of naked Mexican, craft beer from Boston Breweries in Cape Town. Local musicians are regularly hosted and our resident Sunday JAZZ pianist "Al" Jeffery will keep you entertained while you enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking the breathtaking Overberg Valley. Personal relationships are important to them, so you are very likely to bump into one of their farmers who supply them vegetables or a local winemaker at the bar. Now that’s what I call a real “local”!
Closed Monday | Tuesday
Wed/Thurs : 11 till 4:30 (Pizza lunch and drinks)
Fri/Sat : 11 till late
Sun : 10 till 5
It is essentail to book for the Sunday roast.
Telephone: 028 284 9443 / 082 083 4466
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