• Koornlands Restaurant

    Koornlands Restaurant

    Cuisine Du Cap in Swellendam

  • Your Chefs and Brigade

    Your Chefs and Brigade

    Marianne and Stephen Altham

  • Strawberry Cheesecake

    Strawberry Cheesecake

    For the sweet-toothed!

  • Oak-Smoked Salmon Trout

    Oak-Smoked Salmon Trout

    A light starter

  • Dry-Aged Beef

    Dry-Aged Beef

    Matured for 28 Days: our speciality

  • Crocodile Sashimi

    Crocodile Sashimi

    An unusual but intriguing starter

  • Chicken Curry

    Chicken Curry

    Mild yet perfectly seasoned: A popular choice!

  • The Verandah

    The Verandah

    Enjoy our cool summer evenings

  • Chocolate Mousse

    Chocolate Mousse

    Excellent with our range of fine coffees

  • Cheese Board

    Cheese Board

    Served with a glass of port

  • Our Cellar

    Our Cellar

    Our wide selection of wines, matched to your food.

  • Aged Beef fillet

    Aged Beef fillet

  • Experience


  • freshest


  • Home grown

    Home grown

Koornlands Restaurant is located in the historic Overberg town of Swellendam, roughly two hoursā€™ drive from Cape Town. A range of excellent accommodation is available in the town and Swellendam is an excellent base from which to explore world-famous wine estates, our beautiful coastline and the Klein Karoo; all are within an hourā€™s drive from the town.


From the Historic Quarter, the eastern side of town and George, drive down the main road (Voortrek Street), passing the NG Church and Spar. Continue over all the stop streets until you leave the main shopping area. Koornlands is on the main road, on your left-hand side, well-signed. Off-street parking is behind the restaurant.

From the western side of town, Ashton and Cape Town,Ā at the 4-way stop on the R60, turn into Vorktrek and drive roughly 1km. Koornlands is on your right-hand side, on the main road. Off-street parking is well-signed and behind the restaurant.

About Your Chefs

We are Stephen and Marianne Altham, Chefs by nature not nurture.

We possess very well-honed talent which was gained and refined in the restaurants which we have opened and run.

We began in 1994 with the restoration and conversion of the Rheenendal Water Mill into a fully functioning restaurant known as De Molen. This bistro style of operation served us well for almost six years, when we decided to open a full-service establishment: somewhere to show case our talents to a wider Swellendam.

Thus Koornlands Restaurant born with the concept of Cuisine Du Cap; a concept born from our visions of Cape Fusion CuisineĀ and enabled by the suppliers of excellent quality produce in our region.

Over the next several years we served and delighted thousands of patrons at our restaurant until a terrible night when a fire destroyed the building, a national monument at 5 Voortrek St. To our dismay, the restaurant became homeless.

For a number of months we continued to serve our guests in the conservatory at Schoone Oordt Country House until we we able to re-establish ourselves.

In June 2011, we purchased a historic property at 192 Voortrek St. After three months of major renovations to the building, we we finally able to re-open, this time in our own custom-renovated building.

After 15 years, the new Koornlands Restaurant is open, thanks to our patrons and the support of our community.

Our new venture is our life. It is daunting. It is an adventure. It is undeniably and unceasingly satisfying.

twenty five years on and twenty five years of excellent service.