Dining at Summerfields

Dining at Summerfields is a gastronomic experience.  We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, from the carefully prepared menus to the table settings.  We carry the romance of Summerfields through to the River Café and you can be assured of fresh roses and flowers. All vegetables are taken fresh from our own organic nursery, where everything is grown as close to its natural, original form as possible.

The River Café, a bistro type restaurant on the river, is open daily for breakfast and lunch and dinner. Menus change according to the season and what is available from the organic nursery and the Summerfields Farm.

Booking for the River Café is essential.
All bookings are subject to availability.

World Luxury Restaurant Award

We are proud to announce that the River Café was a winner
In the prestigious 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards

River Café

The River Café is a glorious culinary space in idyllic surroundings, reached via a forested walk, across a stone bridge and set on the banks of the Sabie River, where you can often see and hear hippos. River Café is open for breakfast & lunch and dinner daily.

We use only the finest ingredients in our menu, with vegetables from our organic gardens or from trusted suppliers.  The River Café is a must-visit location whilst touring the Lowveld.  We offer a special experience, whether for a lazy weekend breakfast or light lunch.

Please also note that our kitchens are not Halaal or Kosher.

Breakfast: 8am - 11am
Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: 6:30pm - 9pm

River Café


Natia van Heerden


Our Chefs


"My passion for food and cooking started when we originally opened Summerfields Kitchen, training as a waitress and watching food being prepared, plated and sent out to hungry patrons.

After graduating from culinary school I worked for three of South Africa’s top chefs; PJ Vadas at The Roundhouse Restaurant, Michael Broughton at Terroir Kleine Zalze, both former Eat Out Top 10 restaurants.

And then chef Luke Dale-Roberts at The Test Kitchen in Cape Town, currently South Africa’s best restaurant and number 1 for 5 years! (Eat Out) and 22nd best in the world (Trip Advisor 2015).

Summerfields is truly a unique place and has exceptional produce that you can rarely find in local supermarkets. This is my inspiration; being able to walk through the vegetable tunnel, pulling out veg as you go along brainstorming ideas for the day’s menu. I thoroughly believe in ‘fresh is best’, prepping only for the day and starting fresh the next. Simple food with depth of flavour and intricate plating is what I strive for."