A few weeks ago I had the rare pleasure of a no obligations weekend. These don’t come around too often, so we decided to make the most of our free time and head out to the country side. A friend had told me about Black Horse Brewery a few weeks ago, and raved about the accommodation, food and vibe. We jumped at the opportunity to indulge in something alittle out of the ordinary, hopped in the car, ditched the city and made our way to Magaliesburg
Black Horse Brewery, established in 2012, is just an hour’s long scenic drive from Joburg. It is set in the lush Zeehoeihoek Valley, on a country estate on the edge of the Magalies River – with rolling hills, beautiful gardens and majestic black horses grazing along the fence.
We arrived at the charming estate and took our time roaming the gardens, sussing out the accommodation and spending some money at their quirky home décor store before deciding on staying for lunch. Assuming we would be able to get a table without a booking, we were a little disappointed when the host informed us that they were fully booked. He was, however, gracious enough to squeeze us into the “family” table which runs the length of the indoor restaurant and can accommodate a number of diners.
Wanting to make the most of our day at this unique microbrewery we dove right in and started with their flight of 5 tasters which includes samples of their Pale Ale, Red Ale, Ginger Ale, Ginger Berry Ale and their Honey Porter. Their beers are well worth the mention and definitely worth a try – giving other breweries a run for their money.
Their food menu is inviting, with offerings to suite a variety of tastes, including a winter menu to warm up a chilly winter’s day. We opted for a pizza and the renowned Goliath burger. When our food arrived, my jaw literally dropped at the sight of the burger. It was huge, saucy and scrumptious and every last bite was savored. The crispy based pizza was nothing to write home about, but went down well with their Indian Pale Ale .What I like about Black Horse is that unlike most breweries, they also focus on their food, pulling away from the more traditional pub grub and offering meals with abit more depth and allure than your average rib basket. The restaurant is warm, inviting and simply decorated with a rustic feel; and also boasts an enchanting outdoor area that will be delightful to laze around in during the warmer months.
Black Horse also offers accommodation in a large provincial style home. With options to hire the entire house or just a room depending on what your requirements are. Think cozy, unrefined and homespun – a bona fide retreat to the countryside.
If you have an opportunity to escape this crazy, rushed, smog filled city for a few hours, I urge you to let your hair down, hop in your car, take in the beautiful scenery along the way, breath in the fresh air and pay Black Horse Brewery a visit.
To be noted:
- Address: 32 Seekoei Hoek/Bekker Schools Road, Magaliesburg 1791
- Contact: 082 453 5295
- Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
- Booking essential