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Nottingham Road is the heart of the Midlands, a place worth stopping by for locals on a weekend excursion or for those who need a countryside breakaway. Below we pin a few gems for you to seek out and visit. Fabulous Fordoun  Set within fertile farmlands, this old dairy farm, complete with milking sheds, a grain silo, and a plethora of old stone buildings, was transformed to become the renowned Fordoun Hotel & Spa, an...

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We look to the intricacies of Sugarcane Farming in the Midlands for this edition’s Farming Feature and just how a husband-and-wife team makes a huge difference in achieving business success. And did we mention they produce their own handcrafted rum? Words by: Brad and Marisa O’Neill, & edited by Nick Nel. Photos: Marisa O’Neill Brad and Marisa O’ Neill proudly share their little slice of Mkhuzane magic, Seafield Farm, with us. Seafield, ensconced in the...

We’ve got loads of stuff in this edition that you’re going to love! Six Dogs Honey Lime Gin Is an irresistible combination of farm honey, home-grown limes, and the finest botanical spirit. Sip it and you’ll taste classic notes of juniper, coriander, and the earthy tones of angelica, complemented by a bite of zesty limes and a subtle infusion of honey to soften and sweeten the overall taste. Retail price R450 www.sixdogs.com NeoVita – Probi-Tum...

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Highlighting local producers from the greater Midlands area. This Christmas, Notties Spar hopes to inspire you to shop local and create your own “Midlands Festive Feast” combining some of their incredible suppliers within your menu. Starters Chef ‘n Thyme Christmas Spiced Salad Fresh and colourful for the festive season and all made from scratch. Serve this beautiful salad with a Chef n Thyme Beef Wellington. Available from Notties Spar in the frozen section. Chef ‘n...

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You better not pout, you better not cry, you better not shout; I’m telling you why Midlands is full of fun this year! This festive season, everyone has their ‘lights and decorations’ up for you to enjoy. From markets to activities, you will always have something to do. Midlands is full to the brim with things to do! You’ll surely find something for you and your family. Markets: The Karkloof Farmers’ Market has a Christmas...

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If you are not sure what to do for Christmas gifts this year, look no further than right here on your doorstep – the Midlands, of course. We are shining the Christmas spotlight onto a couple of local places, offering some unique and eclectic gift ideas. These are our 12 “unique places” of Christmas.   The Ellenbird Christmas time is fast approaching, and here at The Ellenbird, we feel as if all Santa’s elves are...

We meet the chefs and kitchen staff of some of our favourite local restaurants.   La Lampara   La Lampara Italian restaurant is situated in Balgowan on Farm Boschfontein, one of the original settler farms in the region. A mere 120 minutes’ drive from Durban and you are transported to Italy! It was the beautiful Tuscan feel that made Pino and Caroline Canderle fall in love with the property in 1996. The farm was bought with...

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Café Classic opened in July 2014, and they are no ordinary service station café. You will notice something quite special about them from the moment you walk through the door!   Starting with the most important thing, their Café Classic Coffee is roasted as per strict instructions ensuring that they have the very best cappuccino in the area. All of their delicious cakes and teatime treats are made right here on-site in their kitchen. Try...

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Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, corporate event or anything in between, these local catering companies are ready to provide delicious food and great service!    Capitol Caterers Founded in July 1992 by Giles King, Capitol Caterers has grown from a startup of four contracts in the Eastern Cape to one of the leading contract catering service providers to the education, health care, retirement and commercial sectors, servicing over 100 contracts and employing in...

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Built on family foundations, BOMA Food Bar at St Ives is perfect for any sort of gatherings, such as birthdays (adults or kids), family reunions or just mates wanting to watch the rugga or get together and enjoy BOMA’s famous pizzas. Boasting a huge playground with a mini zipline and a trampoline, the kids can have fun and get rid of all their energy while the parents are free to chat, eat and drink in...