De Oude Kraal restaurant is in the original farmhouse with four meter high ceilings and wooden floors built in 1885 by a German missionary named Saltzmann, and added to by Judge A.J. Smit (Marie’s grandfather). The separate dining rooms have open fireplaces and original antique furniture, some dating back to the early 1900’s. As you walk through the old house you get to admire Gerhard and Marie’s stunning art collection, collected over the years.
The five-course meal has become our principal meal, where the daily menu variations include a diversity of the season’s best foods. Marie and her team’s philosophy is that food must be prepared and presented with love.
“I have access to wonderful ingredients that arrive in our kitchen from different sources; bought at the fresh produce market by my daughter Marie-Louise, sourced at different suppliers or plainly from the local butcher. All the wonderful produce gets studied, smelled, touched, appreciated and respected before we start to transform them. Only then can they be approached with humility.” – Marie Lombard
Marie Lombard was born and raised on this 4th generation farm, and has formed a dedicated team from fourth generation farm workers. Her daughter Marie-Louise Nel, who grew up in the guest house cooking along side her mother, joined De Oude Kraal permanently three years ago. The team skilfully combine Free State farm style cooking with a touch of French flair to create a variety of meals, such as the buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, freshly baked goods as well as five-course gourmet dinner.
For more on Marie’s food philosophy read Marie’s Passion for Food.
De Oude Kraal’s new Feast restaurant is situated at our Function and Wedding Venue. It operates Mondays to Friday from 10:00 – 15:00, and 11:00-14:00 on Saturdays near Bloemfontein. We serve our a-la-carte menu.
Sundays we serve De Oude Kraal’s famous Buffet Lunches available from 11:30 for 12:00. Booking essential.
Marie-Louise, one of the Lombard’s daughters, is a qualified attorney. She started the restaurant beginning of 2016, with the concept of Gourmet country food. Being true to the Merino Sheep farm, most of the dishes is inspired by the farm, from Gourmet Lamb patties burgers done with parmesan, coriander and stuffed with mozzarella served with her very own tomato jam to wood-fired pizza’s and slow braised lamb neck.
Marie-Louise is a self-taught cook. She learned from her mother Marie -chef/owner of De Oude Kraal as they started helping in the kitchen from a very young age. She has developed her own style and flair with an extensive wine and cuisine knowledge.