Hartford House

The Home of Good Conversation, Fine Wine and Classic Horses.

Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

Introducing Nikita Oliver

Nikita Oliver / Leigh Willson (p)

Nikita Oliver / Leigh Willson (p)

"Mistakes equip one with the knowledge that can only be learnt in the work place."

Nikita joined Hartford House in December 2012 to complete her 6 month work experience with us. She is currently studying hospitality through Central University of Technology. When asked why she chose Hartford House, this was her response:

"I was lucky to be accepted at Hartford House, they have high standards and wonderful staff, and if you don't believe me, come and experience it for yourself. It has become quite an adventure in the Midlands and truly an experience of a lifetime. While I am at Hartford I am working both in the Kitchen and Restaurant, which has just been voted in the top 10 in South Africa. The food here is so different, which sets it so far apart from others, everything has a unique way of being plated. There is so much to learn and see. I am looking forward to it."

Nikita was asked what makes her drive to work different from her previous Bloemfontein commute?

"It is less than 10 minutes. The scenery and the horses on the drive in makes it feel as though I am in another world."

When Nikita was asked what some of her favourite dishes are at Hartford, this was her response:

"Chocolate Fondant - I am a girl and I love chocolate... Beetroot Powder topped Lokum with ash coated Lemon Verbena Panna cotta, with Rose Geranium Ice Cream and Lavender Sherbet. - I know it sounds like a mouth full, but I never thought of beetroot in a dessert - and it is truly delicious."

Lastly we asked Nikita what we will most likely hear her say?

"I am so scared that I'll make a mistake... but I have learnt now from the Hartford Managers and staff, that mistakes equip one with the knowledge that can only be learnt in the work place - hands on."

We wish Nikita a joyous time at Hartford and welcome her to the amazing world of hospitality.

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