We sadly only had a one night's stay at Hartford House but the room was beautiful and the food was outstanding. We went for the taster menu and wine pairing at dinner on the night of our stay and we were very impressed with the standard, it was amazing. Thanks, Duncan and team, we would not fail to recommend Hartford House.Read More
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What a gem this place is. Duncan and his team have created a wonderful and relaxing atmosphere were nothing is too much trouble. The food is delicious showcasing local produce as it does and the wine pairing bring everything to life.Read More
Hartford House must surely be the pièce de résistance of KZN dining experiences. I couldn’t have been more spellbound by the culinary journey offered at this Midlands establishment.Read More
Hartford House is definitely one not to be missed if you are doing the Midlands Meander. Gracious hospitality, beautiful setting and sublime food and wine.Read More
"We returned again to stay at this iconic place in the KZN Midlands and experienced a fine-dining dinner that probably won't be bettered anywhere in the country. The service, cuisine, wine, ambience and presentation was exquisite." - Pat SymcoxRead More
Our annual trip to the Restaurant at Hartford House was once again a great success!Read More
Hartford House is just outside of Mooi River, it is part of the Summerhill Stud farm and has got to be the most beautiful hotel in KZN if not South Africa.Read More
There’s a long-established legacy behind the food at Hartford House. The culinary pedigree created by previous head chefs like Richard Carstens and Jackie Cameron creates an enormous expectation to be fulfilled. But it’s evident that head chef Constantijn Hahndiek sees it as an inspiration.Read More
My wife and I had a delicious lunch at this lovely establishment some years ago, and had always hoped to spend a night there. We were warmly greeted and shown into a large suite, once occupied by General Louis Botha, the first Prime Minster of South Africa.Read More
By far one of the best culinary experiences of my life. The attention to detail is incredible. We had lunch sitting which is not normally paired with wines but all we had to do was ask Constantijn our chef to call the in-house sommelier to suggest a suitable wine for each course.Read More
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"FURTHER GLORY from an inspired source"
Following inclusion in House & Leisure’s top five, Wine magazine’s dine top ten, one of Africa’s top food critics, Anna Trapido and her husband Richard graced us with a visit a few weeks ago. She is of course, among numerous other distinctions, the author of Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela. Anna’s note on departure was a telling testament of her experience here. Her reflections included a suggestion that the Hartford restaurant was not only a national treasure in its own right, but it was deserving of a place in the World’s Top Fifty. Now this is serious talk, as the world’s top fifty includes every eatery on the planet, and that runs to millions.
Of course, these things are always the product of one’s subjective judgment, but it’s a comforting thought that increasingly the critics beliefs are converging in a single direction.
Thank heavens for these mercies. Times like these call for moments like this.