Drinks and dinner at Maria’s and Polka in Graaff Reinet

Drinks and dinner at Maria’s and Polka in Graaff Reinet

Our wonderful host, Reinette at Somerset Stables, kindly booked us a table at Polka within walking distance from her guest house .. also suggesting we have a pre-dinner drink at Maria’s situated next to Polka.   She recommended various restaurants, depending on what we fancied, but we decided on Polka, as apparently they are well-known for their Karoo lamb shanks.  When in the Karoo, lamb is a must !!!!  .. and it didn’t disappoint 🙂

Maria’s stock a huge selection of craft beers and wines …

A Gin bar .. which I’ve never seen before .. where one can do Gin tastings …

I asked if there was chocolate tasting too having spotted little homemade choccies displayed in a tempting manner !!  But alas, they’re for purchasing only (and I might say were quite expensive)

Original art for sale adorned all walls.  I would have loved to have taken more photos but I remember someone telling me years ago it’s frowned upon photographing original art ..

A table set for dinner seemed a little out of place next to the open plan kitchen, which wasn’t the tidiest !!!   I asked about the pink gin recommended by Reinette and for some reason I was shown the bottle on the kitchen counter.  I had noticed it on the shelf in the Gin tasting room so I have no idea why I was shown the one in the kitchen!

We sat indoors as the temperature dropped rapidly as the sun went down

Polka is in a beautifully restored old house ..

Photos taken with mobile phone





Tender and extremely tasty lamb shank ..  mouthwatering !!!

It was a fabulous evening .. hubby and I highly recommend both restaurants

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