Phalaborwa has a new restaurant – The Hat & Creek has arrived. This is a brand that husband and wife team Andre and Cheryl Nel created right here in the Lowveld when they opened The Hat & Creek in Hoedspruit almost 3 years ago.
The restaurant was an instant success in the little town. People would regularly drive through from Phalaborwa to eat at The Hat & Creek, lamenting the lack of restaurants in their own little dorp. Andre and Cheryl were paying attention and opened the doors of The Hat & Creek Phalaborwa Gate on 7 December 2013.
“Phalaborwa happens to be one of only two towns in South Africa located right at one of the gates into the Kruger National Park and many local and foreign visitors use this entry and exit point into the park but, don’t stay over,” says Andre. He believes that the new Hat & Creek, located at the Bushveld Terrace Hotel, run by business partners John and Dave Turner, gives people a reason to spend some time in Phalaborwa before exploring the natural paradise on its doorstep.
Themed around elephants, The Hat & Creek at Phalaborwa Gate has a distinctive identity and is bigger than the Hoedspruit branch, seating just over 200 guests. It shares the same relaxed ambience though as the original. Expect a large, alfresco dining area, an elegant bar and a spacious, modular inside dining space with cocktail bar and fire-side boma for intimate dining.
Its expansive green lawns make for a relaxed daytime ambience and in the evenings, when the fires and the fairly lights are lit – you’ll have a wonderfully atmospheric dining experience.
The food won’t disappoint either. Look out for their delicious fresh seafood and awesome signature beef and venison steaks, traditional “potjies”, famous lamb shanks and other local delicacies. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from 9am – 10pm (kitchen) 10am – 12am (bar). For bookings, call 015 781 2517 or Andre on 071 554 3503.
- Dianne Tipping-Woods