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.

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Hartford House Restaurant / Sally Chance (p)

Hartford House Restaurant / Sally Chance (p)

"Described as a bucket list adventure, it won't disappoint."


Jackie Cameron's skills and knowledge of French classics allow her to push boundaries. This is evident in her ever-changing menu, which showcases Midlands produce and highlights her personality. Hearty English lentil tongue soup had me salivating for days. The chicken liver parfait (which was served with poached quail, Parma ham and sticky potatoes) is delicious - Asking for some more to spread over the homemade breads was so tempting. Ostrich tartar was fresh and delicate. Combinations of hot and cold on each plate accentuate the flavours just as described in the menu. The attention detail is what sets this restaurant apart. Described as a bucket list adventure, it won't disappoint.


The offering is designed for food and wine  enthusiasts. You will find gems and a collection of older vintages - some

of the best South Africa has to offer. The food and wine pairings  are well thought out.


Attentive, humble and genuine.


This iconic KwaZulu-Natal property is  steeped in history and culture, and you can enjoy some spectacular South  African art. Its colonial charm is breathtaking, and the combination of  old and new is very sophisticated.


Do stay over. Breakfast is even better than dinner (if it's possible).

For further queries, contact Emma on 033 263 2713 or reception@hartford.co.za

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Long Weekend at Hartford House in Mooi River

Rebecca Bourhill and Jackie Cameron

Rebecca Bourhill and Jackie Cameron

By Rebecca Bourhill

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to one of South Africa's top 10 restaurants in Mooi River to help out in the kitchen with the chef Jackie Cameron. The opportunity came by surprise when my aunt was going to Underberg and passing right through Mooi River. A few months before, Jackie said that I must let her know when I will be going in that direction and I can come and work with her in the kitchen. So this was the time!

I was spoilt absolutely rotten and did not let a minute pass without being busy or having fun!

Jackie is very passionate about what she does and you can see that passion and enthusiasm as soon as you walk into the kitchen! If there is a problem she fixes it right away and everything carries on as if nothing happened! Smooth running and faultless! As soon as I got there, I was put straight to work! And 30 minutes after I met Jackie she said 'ok girls we going out to supper'! That took me by surprise after thinking we should be doing dinner service or something! Comm'on it was a Friday night for goodness sake... is the restaurant not going to be busy? Like one would expect! The next day was just as fun! Busy the whole day and once again no time to think twice about doing something! You just get on and do it like Jackie would expect! In the evening I was asked to peel and cut 53 potatoes into chips! A grueling job that was!

Sunday was a sad day it was time to say good bye to the lovely place and the staff, they were surprised at my age and I would be able to do something like that! Saying goodbye to Jackie Cameron was the hardest thing for me as she became like my second mother while I was there and she looked after me so well! I really have no words to explain this once in a lifetime experience! I am looking forward to going back and learning a great deal more!

Sunday Times Chef of the Year 2012

Jackie Cameron, Nik Rabinowitz and Samantha Linsell / Drizzle & Dip (p)

Jackie Cameron, Nik Rabinowitz and Samantha Linsell / Drizzle & Dip (p)

Sunday Times Chef of the Year in association with Foodcorp
4 October 2012

Snapped at the Sunday Times Chef of the Year competition; Hartford celebrity chef and competition judge Jackie Cameron, comedian Nik Rabinowitz and food stylist, recipe developer and author, Samantha Linsell.

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Drizzle & Dip

How I Stay Sane!

Stress-busting Secrets
Fairlady, October 2012

13 Successful, busy women, including Hartford House award-winning chef Jackie Cameron, let us in on their stress- busting secrets.

When your to-do list is about to strangle you, and you're so swamped that 'me-time' might as well be a distant planet in outer space, it's no wonder you feel over-whelmed. So how is it that some women seem to have it all figured out? We asked 13 women (who know a thing or two about dealing with life's pressures) to give us the benefit of their wisdom.

Hartford House scores Platinum at AMEX Fine Dining Awards

Head Chef Jackie Cameron and Hartford GM Vanessa Coetzee receive Hartford's AMEX Platinum Award / American Express (p)

Head Chef Jackie Cameron and Hartford GM Vanessa Coetzee receive Hartford's AMEX Platinum Award / American Express (p)


The recipients of the 2013 American Express Fine Dining Awards were announced recently and we're proud at Hartford House to have been awarded the Platinum accolade; counting Hartford among the nation's most prestigious fine dining establishments. This is the 15th year in which the Awards have been held and sitting on the judging panel were renowned food critic Victor Strugo, food writer Anna Trapido and Cape Town-based 'foodie' Tamsin Snyman, assisted by a team of anonymous and experienced assessors. Congratulations to Head Chef Jackie Cameron, GM Vanessa Coetzee and the entire Hartford Team.


Private Race Meeting at Hartford
(Photos : Leigh Willson)


Hartford did what no other hotel in the world can do on the weekend. It celebrated a personal milestone by staging a private race meeting with trainers, jockeys, bookmakers, a commentator, and proper racehorses on Summerhill's private racecourse, which in the Ellis era, sent forth the winners of every major race on the South Africa racing calendar. That we can do it, lends credence to our claim as "the only world class hotel on a world class stud farm in the world!"

Among the attendees were several of South Africa's leading business, financial and political figures, and the racehorses included two multi-millionaires, the country's winningmost racehorse of all time, a Group-placed colt and Stakes-winning filly, all of which have retired to our paddocks, and for one reason or another are no longer active as racehorses or at stud.

While we've staged these events for some of the big names in the corporate world in the past, this was a "first" for a private party, and you should've been here in the past couple of weeks to witness the frenetic activity that went into "prepping" the horses for their big day. You'd have sworn it was the Durban July, and when the volume went up as the horses entered the last furlong, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were attending the Melbourne Cup!