Award Winning Restaurant

After a long day of meandering or conferencing, unwind in front of an open fire in the bar or on the patio while watching Reedbuck and Duiker frolic on the open lawns. The bar was used in the first Spud movie as John Cleese’s office.

Then move into our restaurant where the Table d’hote menus are drawn up daily by our head chef, Vusi Mkhwanazi. It is seldom that one gets the opportunity these days to relax, slow down and enjoy special company, while enjoying a 5 course dinner. Through redesigning the menu daily, Vusi can ensure the freshest and best quality produce from around the Midlands.

The setting of the restaurant is as varied as the cuisine Vusi offers. The restaurant staff will often take the restaurant outside where dinner can be enjoyed under an ancient oak tree and the twinkling stars of the night sky. The restaurant is always open to guests staying at Lythwood Lodge. Non-residents are welcome to come and enjoy Vusi’s great fare but bookings are essential.

Vusi Mkhwanazi

Head Chef - Vusi Mkhwanazi

A tempting example of one of Vusi's menus:

Amuse Bouche


Duck Carpaccio

Pan seared and thinly sliced Breast of Duck served on a bed of garden greens

and drizzled with a Van Der Hum and Orange reduction

Chicken & Prawn Laksa

Thai style chicken, sautéed prawns & julienne vegetables

in curried coconut topped with freshly baked herb bread sticks



Spinach & Feta Chicken stack

Spinach & feta stuffed chicken breast served with herb potato puree, honey glazed butternut

& steamed seasonal baby vegetables accompanied with a roasted red pepper & coriander sauce

Beef Medallion

Grilled fillet of beef served with herb potato puree, honey glazed butternut

& steamed seasonal baby vegetables finished off with a creamy mushroom & green peppercorn sauce


Malva pudding

Traditional malva pudding in a pool of Amarula crème anglaise & vanilla ice cream

French Pavlova

An individual crispy meringue cake filled with seasonal fresh fruits,

Chantilly cream and a mixed berry compote