Black Horse Brewery is one of those restaurants that you always mean to go to, but the sheer distance away from civilisation and the fact that you have to book are not really conducive to a quick meal out. Instead, it requires planning, preferably with a group of mates, and a designated driver (ain’t no Uber in Magalies).
This planning is completely worth it (thanks Suzie). It’s an absolute gem of a restaurant with gorgeous views of nature, huge tables perfect for big groups and decent drinks on tap to keep everyone happy.
Named for the black horses that live on the estate (their stables are next door to the kitchen), it’s a fantastic venue for a lazy weekend lunch. They have a trampoline and jungle gym for the kids, and they used to be dog friendly, but alas, no more.
From my non-beer drinker perspective, the ginger berry, an alcoholic strawberry infused ginger ale is a winner. It doesn’t taste very alcoholic, so be careful. The beers also went down a treat (except for the red beer – apparently the aftertaste was reminiscent of a cigar and the blind dog – I think the exact words used were watered down millers).
The food was really good, and the portions were huge. I had the burger, a monster 300g patty served with bacon, cheese and chips. My friends had Eisbein, the whole deboned chicken, pizza and chicken wings. Plenty of happy tummies and faces.
Service was ok, the drinks sometimes took forever to reach the table, but the various waiters we encountered were very friendly. Speaking of the table, the one we were seated at was a bit small for the seating area, so you needed long arms to be able to eat properly off it.
Add this restaurant to your list, it’s a great way to spend the afternoon with friends, and the drinks and food are WAY better than Gilroy’s in Muldersdrift. (you also don’t have to witness the sexist, racist old white man tirades and awful singing of the drunk owner – can you tell I’m not a fan of Gilroy’s?)
The Blackhorse Brewery and Restaurant is located in Magaliesburg, about an hour away from Randburg. It’s kak far. Don’t drink and drive.
Most of the seating is outdoors, so take that into consideration on chilly winter days. The food prices are on the high side (my burger was R110) and the beers cost R35 a pint.
More details, including the address, contact number and menu can be found on their website – http://blackhorse.co.za/
Disclaimer: We paid for our meal in full. Please don’t use my pictures without my permission, otherwise all your beers will have a cigar aftertaste.