Hartford House

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

Africa.com Restaurant Guide celebrates Africa's Cuisine

Africa.com Platinum Restaurant Award / Hartford House (p)

Africa.com Platinum Restaurant Award / Hartford House (p)

"African cuisine is colourful, diverse and cultured, and is a largely unexplored aspect of the continent that offers a refreshing alternative to game drives and extreme adventures."

The recently launched Africa.com Restaurant Guide offers restaurants gradings in three tiers. The platinum establishments are the crème de la crème­, those that offer an exceptional dining experience. They are followed by the gold tier, which offers culinary excellence, and the bronze tier which offer solid choices for casual dining.

Restaurants are rated according to their service, quality of the food, wine list, general ambience and value for money.

Four restaurants; two from Gauteng and two from KwaZulu-Natal, were singled out for platinum status at the launch. There are also four in the Western Cape which have yet to be announced.

The restaurants are Five Hundred at the Saxon and DW Eleven-13, both in Johannesburg, and Ile Maurice and the restaurant at Hartford House, both in KwaZulu-Natal.

"We know we made the right choices," says Benny Masekwameng, a member of the Africa.com culinary council and a Masterchef South Africa judge. "We need to let people know what we can do. There's a lot that's said about our country in terms of other attractions, and now our industry has the chance to reach a wider audience around the world."

Masekwameng says the country has top-notch culinary talent, but that talent needs a platform such as Masterchef and now, the Africa.com restaurant guide.

All the qualifying restaurants were announced at the launch, and those achieving platinum also received a plaque which they can display with pride.

"Africa.com is the definitive address for information on the continent," says the culinary council's third member Richard Harden, who publishes a highly regarded guide to restaurants in the UK, "and we expect the restaurant guide will become the obvious choice for diners in Africa."

"What better way for a restaurant to get expert advice on what people want?" says Masekwameng. "From the top traveller with money to spend to average tourists, the list caters for everyone. But you need to make sure that your establishment delivers - it's all about consistency and keeping the reputation you've built."

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