The transformation of the iconic Glencairn Hotel has been completed with the opening of Barstaurant at Glencairn, a new family-friendly restaurant off the shore of False Bay between Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town. Opening its doors just in time for the summer holiday season the new restaurant boasts beautiful ocean views and a laid-back family atmosphere.
Barstaurant at Glencairn occupies the entire floor area of the landmark building, which dates back to 1904. The restaurant is the new family offering created by the Tintswalo group, in partnership with Tintswalo Atlantic’s seasoned general managers Ryno and Melissa du Rand, and restauranteur, Clint Fennel. Fennel is well-known in the industry after ten years managing Willoughby’s in the V&A Waterfront.
When designing the new restaurant space, the team was adamant that they wanted to preserve the beauty and character of the historical Glencairn Hotel to showcase its unique and hidden features. Local contractors were used during the renovation process, which created 40 jobs.
In line with the ethos of a family business, the interiors were designed by the owners themselves, with the assistance of third-generation decorator Camlyn Goosen, to create a stylish, yet casual family restaurant and neighbourhood bar.
The restaurant seats 80 diners and offers various seating areas, including a welcoming lounge area with a fireplace, a sushi bar, and a light and bright covered terrace, as well as cosy dining in the Sports Bar area, which includes an alcove for more private dining.
The outdoor dining areas are already popular with parents and their young children, overlooking lawns with jungle gyms and safe play areas, with sea views in the distance. Specially geared for children, Barstaurant at Glencairn includes a kids’ menu with an interactive opportunity to make their own pizzas.
Barstaurant at Glencairn is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialities include an all-day breakfast, wood-fired pizzas and classic bistro staples such as fish and chips, cheeseburgers or steak cut-of-the-week and hand-cut chips.
Other delicious delights to look out for on the menu include tacos, salads as well as a variety of vegetarian options. See the full vegetarian menu here. From Wednesdays to Sundays a sushi menu is available too, freshly made by the team of professional sushi chefs and overseen by sushi aficionado Clint himself.
An extensive selection of drinks is available, including beers on tap and craft beers, and a wine list that features some popular options, as well as more unusual vintages and varietals.
On weekends, guests can enjoy live music and sports events are broadcast on big-screens in the bar area.