Herries Bistro and Bar, De Rust

‘Herries’, this local restaurant and shop was named after Herrie the elephant, a character in one of South African author CJ Langenhoven’s books. CJ carved this name on a stone in Meiringspoort.

A well established restaurant, coffee shop and farmstall in the heart of a small town De Rust in the Western Cape.

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named after Herrie the elephant

After many years of closure, Herries Bistro and Bar has made a triumphant return with new owners at the helm. This revival marks a fresh beginning that is truly a must-see. The beloved establishment has reopened its doors, eager to welcome you with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. Under new ownership, there’s a passionate commitment to hospitality and a deep appreciation for the local surroundings, evident in every aspect of your visit. It’s a destination that beckons to travelers and local residents alike, promising a unique and unforgettable experience. Come and explore the new era of Herries Bistro and Bar, where memories to last a lifetime await.


Hundreds of years after the first weary travellers sought comfort at this serene spot on the southern side of the treacherous Meiringspoort, De Rust continues to offer peace and tranquillity to body and soul.

On the edge of the Klein-Karoo, in a valley between two mountain ranges, lies the tiny town with the perfect name, which means “The Rest”. Travelling from Oudtshoorn, carpets of wild Spring flowers brighten the drive into De Rust on the first hot day of the new season. Visitors compete for shade while browsing through the town which won the 2011 Kwêla Rapport South Africa and Namibia Dorp van die Jaar (Town of the Year).

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