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The Barn at Old Mac Daddy is our communal hub where you’ll find our always helpful, super friendly reservations team, ready to welcome you to our humble slice of paradise, nestled lovingly within the rolling hills of the Elgin Valley... Furthermore, the Barn is the location of our restaurant where farm-fresh, wholesome food is served on the daily all in good company.

Outdoor couches and seating area

When you visit you'll also find the Barn boasts several shelves’ worth of books for all guests and visitors to pick up and enjoy.

The Barn has loads of communal lounging areas, which are perfect for some downtime with a good page turner in hand.

Because some of these books have been with us for some time now, we wanted to change things up a bit.

So, we decided to start Old Mac Daddy’s Big Book Exchange. 

When you next visit Old Mac Daddy please bring your used, pre-read or likely-will-never-read books.

Then swap your book with one of ours, add yours to our shelves and take the one you like home with you.

If you visit us again thereafter, please bring the old book back and exchange it for yet another.


We’re excited to welcome you back to Old Mac Daddy!


A reminder that we’re currently open for business travel and are even able to host your business meetings, strat sessions and small conferences.

For more info and any bookings call 021 844 0241 or email reservations@oldmacdaddy.co.za

During the current coronavirus quarantine measures taking place across South Africa (and indeed much of the world) a small team of Old Mac Daddy staff members has been locked down at the resort, making sure everything is kept in perfect condition to welcome everyone back... as soon as it's safe for us to do so of course!

While tending to necessary the maintenance and upkeep, the team has also been having LOADS of fun in the kitchen, whipping up some tantalizing treats and dishes many of which have included ingredients we've sourced right here in our veggie garden.

Here are 4 fine dishes out of Old Mac Daddy's Quarantine Kitchen:


Homemade chicken and spinach pie with fresh-from-the-garden spinach stem starter


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. ' . This lockdown is really bringing out the creative culinary flair in our management, who’re currently quarantining at Old Mac Daddy ‍ . Here Hulandi, our assistant GM, shows us how she made a chicken and spinach pie with a beer-battered spinach stem starter, using the spinach that was freshly picked from our veggie garden earlier today . . For the starter, keep the stems from the spinach leaves that are often just chucked in the bin . Then prepare a batter and cook as follows: . Mix 2 cups flour with your fave veggie spice . Then add half a beer or as much as is needed to create a pancake consistency batter . Dust the spinach stems with flour, dunk them in the batter and let rest for about 15 minutes... this is a great opportunity to enjoy a glass of your favourite Elgin Valley vino . Then take the battered stems and fry at high temperature until browned to perfection . Serve with a mayonnaise or any dip you like . . For the chicken pie: Take any recipe, add your fresh spinach and lots of love . . And for a vegan option omit the chicken but retain ALL the love . . We highly recommend you try this at home.. If you do make a spinach dish inspired by Hulandi’s please share and tag us @old_mac_daddy . . We’d love to see what you’re getting up to in your quarantine kitchen

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Smoked brisket with homemade Jack Daniels barbecue sauce



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. ' . Our lockdown crew at Old Mac Daddy have continued to express their culinary skills with another delicious dish, this time pipin' hot directly from the Barn smoker: . Brisket with homemade Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. . If you'd like to try something like this out for yourself during quarantine, here's chef Roy's recipe for the oh-so-smaaklik sauce: . ✅ ½ cup Jack Daniels ✅ 4 x cloves chopped fresh garlic ✅ ½ cup freshly chopped onion ✅ 2 x cups tomato sauce ✅ 1/3 cup white vinegar ✅ ¾ cup molasses ✅ ½ cup brown sugar ✅ 3 x tbsp Worcestershire sauce ✅ ½ x tbsp black pepper ✅ 1 x tsp salt . . And here's how you get your sauce going: . . Lightly fry onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. Then add the rest of ingredients. . Bring all to the boil and simmer for around 30 mins until it's all saucy and lekker. . That's it. Your homemade barbecue sauce is ready to smother atop your favourite meat, meat substitute or whatever else you'd like to try it with.. It goes with almost anything, it's just good! . . FYI: Smoked brisket regularly available at Old Mac Daddy, so if that's something you'd like to enjoy, be sure to pop on in to the Barn restaurant once we're back up and running. . . Photos and recipe by @roy_r_moore

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Oh-so-comforting butternut soup with homemade bread



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. ' The culinary adventures in Old Mac Daddy's quarantine kitchen continue. Today our lockdown crew take us through how they prepared this hearty, wholesome and heavenly roasted butternut soup with homemade bread. . . For the soup you'll need: . ✅ Some sauteed onions in a little butter (or dairy free alternative) . ✅ 2 chopped butternuts, roasted . ✅ ½ teaspoon curry (if you like curry, if you don't just leave it out) . ✅ 300 ml chicken or veggie stock . ✅ 250 ml cream (or non-dairy alternative) . . This recipe is super simple. Literally just roast the butternut and once that's ready, chuck all the ingredients in a blender, whizz it up and daarsy ‍♂️ . . Feel free to fancy it up with some freshly chopped parsley and cream as garnish. . And here's how you make the bread: . Make sure you have the following ingredients: . ✅ 4 cups brown bread flour . ✅ 1½ packets yeast . ✅ Dash of salt . ✅ 2 tablespoons sugar . ✅ 50 ml oil . ✅ 300ml (or more) lukewarm water . Then: . ✅ Mix yeast with the 300ml luke warm water . ✅ Mix all ingredients and add lukewarm yeast-water mixture little by little to form a dough . ✅ Knead the dough about 3 to 4 minutes (dough should not be too sticky) . ✅ You do not have to use all the water . ✅ Leave to rest for about 30 minutes . ✅ Punch it down (this is a really satisfying part of the process - ENJOY!) . ✅ Then add to lightly oiled bread pan and leave to rest again for about 20 minutes . ✅ Finally put in oven for. 40 minutes at 180 degrees . . For extra flavour once you remove from oven, you can rub the top of the bread with a dash of butter or vegan alternative. . . Now for the most important part: Eat.. and enjoy! . . . Photos by @roy_r_moore

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Apple season-celebratory Old Mac apple pie


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. ' # Old Mac Daddy's located right in the heart of apple country, literally surrounded by apple orchards on almost all sides. It’s therefore always exciting for us when the trees start bearing fruit… as is currently the situation . To celebrate the arrival of the sweet beauties in our Elgin valley home, our quarantine kitchen has created a special Old Mac Daddy Apple Pie recipe for you to try at home. . And we want to see your culinary creations. So, if you make an Old Mac Apple Pie please share an image or video clip of it with us & use # – Our quarantine kitchen crew will choose their favourite & the winner will win a Barn restaurant voucher to the value of R500 to be redeemed at our onsite restaurant as soon as it’s safe for us to re-open ️ . We’ll announce the winner on 30th April ‍♂️ . SO, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to the important bits. . For the pie filling: . ✅ 4 cups apples, peeled & diced . ✅ 3 cups water . ✅ 1 cup sugar . ✅ 1/3 cup corn starch . ✅ Cinnamon & nutmeg (to taste) . ✅ Pinch salt . ✅ 1 tbsp butter (or dairy-free alternative) . . When ready to begin here’s what to do: . ✅ Bring all the ingredients to a boil, by slowly adding the diced apples into the mix . ✅ Let simmer for about 40 mins, or until the apples are soft, but not mushy! . ✅ Once ready, let the appley deliciousness cool down to room temperature before putting in the fridge to marinate in its mouth-watering molecules . . Once the apple mix has finished doing its deliciousy thing here’s how to whip up that prize-winning pie: . ✅ Take some puff pastry & roll it out real good . ✅ Then put the pasty in the muffin pan & fill with pie filling . ✅ Brush with egg wash (or for a vegan alternative use 2 tbsp almond milk whisked with 1 tsp agave/maple syrup) . ✅ Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 25 mins . . En daarsy, there you have your Old Mac Apple Pie! Enjoy while they stil nicely warm with some ice cream or custard or simply grab one by the hand & munch as is

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This year once again, Old Mac Daddy is throwing an Easter celebration and everyone is invited.

Set to take place on Sunday 12th April from noon onward, the Barn restaurant at Old Mac Daddy will host a sumptuous Easter feast with all those long weekend good feels guaranteed. Outside guests and day visitors welcome too, of course!

Celebration at the Barn restaurant at Old Mac DaddySo what can you expect on the day?


Well, in addition to the delicious feast, there'll be live music from talented local musician JARED as well all the regular Sunday Funday Old Mac vibes. And a glass of our finest house wine served to all guests on arrival.

The feast will be served buffet style and costs R345 pp / R172.50 for kid under 12.

Our holiday menu is:

🍖 Greek style lamb spit
🍗 Spicy smoked chicken
🍛 Savoury basmati rice
🥕 Roast carrots, sweet potatoes and beetroot


🌽 Grilled vegetables and couscous salad
🥗 Roast mushroom, baby tomato and herb salad
🥒 Greek pasta salad
🥖 Pull apart bread and condiments


🍎 Sticky toffee apple pudding
🍰 Chocolate strawberry shortcake
🥮 Minced fruit pies
🍦 Chantilly cream
🍮 Cinnamon custard


ℹ Booking is essential so please contact the Barn for details and to reserve a spot:


📪 thebarn@oldmacdaddy.co.za
🤳 +27(0)21 844 8900
🖥 Or chat to us on our dedicated WhatsApp helpline - you can access it through our website in the top right corner


This year Old Mac Daddy's planning a sumptuous Christmas lunch buffet.


So if you're looking for somewhere fresh, fun and fabulous to celebrate the holidays, please join us in the Barn for a festive feast of note.... with some tasty vegan options to boot!

On top of the delicious feast, expect all those life-is-good Old Mac vibes, including live music thanks to talented local muso Jared Prior and of course some adventurous activities with our onsite gurus of fun, Daddy's Adventures.

The Christmas Feast costs R420pp (R210 for kids under 12)
and is served buffet style from noon, 25 December 2019:


🍾 Glass of bubbles or wine on arrival
🍹 Juice for the kids

Calamari and mussels served with home made ciabatta and salad

* Roast duck with cranberry sauce
* Slow-roasted honey & pineapple glazed gammon
* Beef fillet with pepper sauce
* Oven-roasted seasonal vegetables
* Savoury rice
* Deconstructed Greek Salad

* Pumpkin tart served with cinnamon sugar
* Traditional trifle
* Crème brulee
* Red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies
* Chocolate and banana spring rolls

And for our vegan diners:

🥓 Plant-based strips with Greek rub
🍘 Plant-based nuggets
🥕 All sides are plant based

🍨 Peanut butter blondie with coconut & banana ice cream
🍡 Fruit Skewers



For further info and to reserve your table at our feast contact the Barn directly:

📩 thebarn@oldmacdaddy.co.za
021 844 8900

We often say that life is good at Old Mac Daddy... We generally put those feel-good vibes down to the resort's quirky and comfy decor and design, the fresh countryside air, our sweeping valley views, the adventurous activities that await visitors and of course the wholesome and delicious fare served up at the Barn restaurant...

This coming month, however, there's even more to feel good about as we've partnered with the awesome folk at Cape Brewing Co. to bring you these BREW-TIFUL Barn restaurant specials:




Buy any pizza or burger at the Barn and get a free 340ml CBC Lite Lager





Get 2x 300ml glasses Rekorderlig imported Swedish ciders for R50





For restaurant bookings and more info 

📬 thebarn@oldmacdaddy.co.za
🤳 021 844 8900

📅 The BREW-TIFUL Barn specials are valid until the end of November 2019.

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Sure, Old Mac Daddy is a fantastic spot for a memorable weekend getaway for the whole family, as well as a great destination for a romantic couple's escape.

But besides our unique accommodation offerings, the luxury Airstream trailer park and glamping resort also doubles up as an ideal (and fun!) venue for special events, like weddings, birthdays and festive holidays. And thanks to the Barn restaurant wholesome, delicious farm-fresh fare is always available.

Last year in the Barn we celebrated Halloween with a spooktacular dinner and we had so much fun that we've decided to do it all again in 2019!

So come the 31st October and the Barn restaurant will be open for a boo-tiful 3-course set menu in celebration of all things Halloween.

The evening will feature all the ooky spooky trimmings... so come adorned in your best ghoulish gear because there’ll be a prize for the best dressed 👻🎃

So what's on the menu for the evening? And how much does it cost?


The Halloween set menu is R295 per person and includes:
Pool at night at the Barn

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🧀 Scary racconi and cheese starter
🍲 Spider webbed bloody soup


🍝 Eye ball pasta
🥩 Death by steak with devil's sauce


🍰 Black magic cake
🥧 Mummy head pies

Welcome drinks served on arrival.

PS If you're not keen on the set menu, our pizza and regular menu (with a variety of vegan options) will still be available.

↓  For any more info or to book your table please contact the Barn directly  ↓

📱 021 844 8900
📧 thebarn@oldmacdaddy.co.za