Die Kleipot is the restaurant associated with Die Kleipot B&B situated in Colesberg in the Northern Cape province. For many, this little backwater would simply be a pitstop on the road to somewhere else, but if you take the time to linger here, you are in for a treat. You will get a real taste of South African country cooking in a homely environment. Owned and run by Darren and Lindsay Stewart, this little restaurant makes the most of local produce. It is relaxed and unpretentious, and a welcome culinary surprise in the heart of the country. 

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Colesberg is named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, a former governor of the Cape Colony. It's earlier name was Towerberg (after the koppie overlooking the town).

If you are on a road trip which takes you past Colesberg in the Karoo, roughly halfway between Johannesburg and Cape Town, you might wish to plan a stop at a local B&B called Die Kleipot.

This 10-roomed guesthouse, run by Darren and Lindsay Stewart, is just off the N1, and the restaurant is open for breakfast daily, for lunch on Sundays and for dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays – and their food is definitely worth stopping for.

What they cook depends on what fresh produce is available, some of which comes straight out of the garden. The menu always has an exciting selection of dishes like courgette and rosemary soup, Thai vegetable curry and rice or sirloin steak with horseradish and potatoes.

If you are keen on venison, you might wish to sample the Asian-style warthog belly with noodles, or springbok stroganoff with chips. Carnivores will also enjoy the beef carpaccio with balsamic vinegar, rocket and parmesan; red wine braised lamb shank with root vegetables or the beef fillet espetada with garlic butter.

For vegetarians, there are offerings like sauteed mushrooms with pine-nuts and sherry caramel; and pasta cannelloni with cream cheese, oven-dried tomato, basil and rocket.

Dessert is big in this part of the world and traditional treats include koeksusters (a deep-fried dough dipped in syrup) and melktert (a kind of custard tart). More regular offerings are the apple crumble and custard, a chocolate fondant or some delicious local cheeses.

The restaurant does not have a liquor licence and a small corkage fee applies to those who bring their own.

If you want to book into the B&B, you'll find comfy rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a fridge, heater and fan, tea and coffee-making facilities, satellite TV and a safe.

This Karoo town, in the heart of sheep-farming country, is surrounded by koppies (or rocky outcrops). It takes its name from Coleskop, a koppie that overlooks the homes and buildings in the town.

The local tourist office offers a three-hour walking tour which takes you past local monuments and churches as well as the Kemper Museum, featuring local history, architecture and the culture of the people known as the karretjiemense, a nomadic group of sheep-shearers who travel around the Karoo in donkey carts.

The Gariep Dam, popular with watersport enthusiasts, is only 50km away.

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