Open? Closed? Deliveries?

Open? Closed? Deliveries?

Please refer to for the official communication from the Honourable Minister of Tourism.

This is a very important message to ALL restaurants, take aways, QSR’s, canteens and any hospitality food establishments in South Africa.

I have been given directive from the Ministers Office to advise our industry that ALL restaurants are included in the TOTAL LOCKDOWN for 21 DAYS, effective Thursday 26th March 2020 @ 00:00 until Thursday 16th April @ 00:00

This includes all deliveries, take aways or home deliveries.

There is no exception to any alternative circumstances or any loop holes whatsoever.

There will be NO exceptions made for any type of food service continue to trade.

I would furthermore like to take this opportunity to encourage our restauranteurs to act responsibly and to help the country slow the curve.

We understand the industries challenges concerns and the financial impact this has brought into all our businesses. While economic losses for restaurants, entrepreneurs and employees would be severe at this time, the opportunity cost of being able to resume trade in 21 days with a hopefully muted COVID19 threat is worth it.

Our Industry respects President Ramaphosa’s leadership and we will continue to support the country’s leadership as they guide us through these very uncertain times.

Let’s trust that this process will allow us to get back to trading as normal as soon as possible and we can look forward to a positive reopening of the restaurant industry in the near future.

I welcome you to please contact me at any time to assist you with advice to obtain loans or access the announced funding and to assist with your leases and or any other challenges that you may have at this point in time.

Please discard ANY other information circulated at this point in time, should there be any confusion please contact the Association or whatsapp me on 083 661 9000

I will continue to serve you as best as possible and I’ll continue to communicate with you through this very difficult and challenging time.

Thank you very much for your support and understanding.

I wish you a safe and healthy time with your families take care of each other. Thinking of you all.

BREAKING NEWS re Deliveries and takeaways: An online menu booklet is being created for all Swellendam and Buffeljags restaurants and will be accessible to all. It will be updated as things change. Anybody offering any form of delivery service – please click here to find out how you can be part of it.

Find out here what is going on with the local restaurants, guesthouses, shops and events during the CV19 crisis .

COVID 19 Restrictions:


Deliveries@ R15 per delivery, cash or card.
Our menu is online HERE


Both Lilly’s Restaurant and Barrel and Blues wish their customers much love and good health in what is a difficult time for all of us.

Lilly’s will be closed until further notice., but will be operating a take away and delivery service

Barrel and Blues is currently open., operating under the government restrictions.

Until such time as we hear differently we will be putting the following restrictions in place, in accordance with Government policies.

* We will be restricting numbers in the restaurant so that we do not exceed 50 (including staff)

*Strict sanitizing procedures and training are being implemented over and above our normal high level of hygiene practice

* Social distancing measures are being implemented with less tables and seating ensuring that customers have at least 1.5 m space around them.

* Alcohol will not be served after 6pm on weekdays and Saturdays and after 1pm on Sundays

* Our delivery service is in operation. Please call the numbers on the posters below


We are closing
until April 14th

We have decided to take precautionary measures and will be closing the Field&Fork Restaurant as of today until the 14th of April in-line with communications from the government.
Though there are provisions for restaurants to be open according to certain restrictions, we however will be closed so not to encourage people to come to Swellendam and increasing the probability of introducing the virus to Swellendam.
It is a moral decision I have taken together with my staff.We apologise in advance for the inconvenience but are sure you will understand.Be safe and act sensibly!
Regards Field&Fork team


Dear Valued Customers,
Following the Covid 19 outbreak we, at La Belle Alliance have decided to remain open as for now. We are closely monitoring the situation and will be following the advise issued to us by the Government, Swellendam Municipality and relevant Health Authorities. 
We have taken all the necessary precautions and can assure you that the health and safety of our staff & patrons is our number one concern. 
Apart from even stricter hygiene procedures, we have also limited our seating and separated our tables, are encouraging card payments only and have implemented a daily screening protocol for staff before work begins. Our team has also been educated on the virus and sanitizers have been made available to both customers and employees. 
We trust that we will all stay safe and know that this too shall pass. 
Wishing you all the best & Warm Regards, The La Belle Alliance Team


Republic Deliveries up & running!
Contact us to get your Republic Meal delivered to your door. We will service the entire Republic of Swellendam.
Contact: 060 607 0166
Delivery Fees, T’s & C’s apply





We have received clarification regarding the new liquor law that came into effect 2 nights ago.

As of today, we will continue our services with all mandatory precautions to minimize risk, as declared in previous update, until additional proclamations come into law.

We are permitted to trade beyond 6pm, in order to serve meals, but no alcohol to be served or consumed on the premises beyond 18:00, this would include patron bringing own bottles too. On Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays no alcohol to be served or consumed on our premises from 13:00

Therefore our kitchen hours remain:

Mon-Sat 11:30 – 21:00
Sun 11:30 – 17:00

We will continue to keep you updated as we all navigate new unchartered territory together.

Our telephone number for reservations and takeaways is 028-514 2924

Best regards
The Woodpecker Pizzadeli Team


Urgent Covid-19 Update
The government has instituted State of Disaster Regulations in order to curb the spread of Corona Virus, and pertaining to all licensed premises with immediate effect:
Must close doors to patrons at 6pm Mon-Sat and 1pm on Sundays and Public Holidays.
No more than 50 guests at any time and each guest must sit 1m2 apart from the nearest person. ie social distancing enforcement.
In light of these new regulations, we will need to adjust our trading hours and will provide more information on how we can continue to offer our foodies …pre-order takeaways to collect before 6pm perhaps…We will update you with more details soonest.

A Personal Message from The Woodpecker Pizzadeli Team
To all friends, family, staff, suppliers and valued customers of Woodies. 
We remain open and no change to our existing trading hours until further recommendations and or proclamations are nationally enforced.
Meanwhile, as part of our social distancing implementation, we have reduced seating capacity inside our restaurant, and ask that you call us on 028 5142924 to make your reservation, or to order your takeaways.
During the past 2 weeks we have stringently implemented additional hygiene measures throughout our establishment, as per WHO recommendations.
Importantly, we are providing all of our staff with additional info, training and guidance regarding Covid -19 daily, as we receive updates, so that these measures are implemented at our workplace and in turn, at our staff’s homes.
In order for all of our sanitizing processes to be effective, so as to protect our front of house staff, and other patrons,  we would ask that everyone be mindful of their own health status, and should you display symptoms of influenza and coughing, to please ensure you practice social distancing or wear a mask at this time, thanking you in advance.
Meanwhile, a huge thank you to our infamous Dr Jacques du Toit for his awesome immune booster soup recipe. Apart from being greeted with hand sanitizer before we provide you with our menu, you will also be offered a taste of this healthy soup on arrival.
We thank you all, for your amazing support throughout the years and look forward to many more happy times..meanwhile…we are all in this moment together.
Take care of you and yours!
Best regards The Woodies Team



We will be closed from 18 March until further notice
we hope everyone is safe at this time

Thanks go out to all those that have supported us over the last season and hope that there is a new one.


Currently remaining open

The following will be implemented (although most of it is part of our current routine) READ HERE




Considering the latest updates on COVID-19. We would like to let you know what we are doing at Battenbergs Guest House. As our guest and team’s safety is a top priority to us.

We have enhanced our cleaning processes to include sanitizing at every level and have put together training that will optimize safety and cleanliness.

What are we doing?

  • Wearing latex sterile gloves
  • Sanitising all high traffic touch areas (switches, remotes, handles etc)
  • Adding disinfectant to laundry linen
  • Using hot water wash linen
  • Public areas – alcohol sanitisers
  • Send home any staff that might show symptoms of COVID-19 virus
  • Breakfast – regular sanitising has always been part of procedure in the kitchen

What should the guest be doing?  

  • Should you suspect that you are showing signs of COVID-19, please be responsible and do not travel and self-isolate yourself.
  • Please reschedule your accommodation reservation.
  • Postponing room reservations as opposed to cancellation them.
  • Open windows as opposed to breathing recycled air-conditioner air.
  • Following hygiene procedures when coughing, sneezing, hand washing and sanitising
  • Bring own personal hand sanitiser.
  • Forgive us for not shaking your hand at this moment. (we try to minimise contact as much as possible)

To quote our President: “If we act together, if we act now, and if we act decisively, we will overcome.”



JJ’s Wool is still open, ready and able to stock you up on yarn, so that you can knit and crochet to your heart’s content while you avoid people! 
If you are house-bound, please give Jenny a call on 083 776 7870, and she will happily deliver to your door.


The Bead Box is open normal hours at present.

Beading is a great pastime and has a calming effect.
If delivery is required please contact Lorraine at 083 450 9781


Bokmakiri remains open for now and business hours remain the same.

All events are cancelled, including the talk on PK van der Byl planned for 4 April. 



As of Monday 16th March our Showroom Gallery will be temporarily closed to the Public. The Showroom will be visible to passerby’s through the Verandah.

Should anyone wish to consult with us regarding work and commissions, we suggest connecting with us through our website , or through our various social media platforms and/or skype. PM us for details.
Our Studio work will continue under strict adherence to agreed to measures (social distancing and ongoing sanitation methods) by our Collective in the best interests of each other’s health.

We wish all our fans and friends well as we collectively go through this pandemic.

We hope that this will be a temporary measure and we will inform our platform when we will re-open our Showroom and Gallery to the public later.


Regrettably the market will close down from this coming Saturday 21 March until further notice. This is a precautionary measure due to the nationwide state of disaster announced on Sunday to curtail the spread of the Corona Virus. Thank you to friends and supporters of our market for your understanding.



 The Swellendam Winter School organising team are cognizant of the current Corona virus epidemic which is sweeping the globe.
 As the health and safety of all are of major concern and in the forefront of decision making, we will be compliant with the regulations and recommendations as published by our national and local government, and with best practice internationally.
 It is our sincere hope that the epidemic will wane and that normality will return as soon as possible, with minimal suffering.
 With this in mind, we will not yet postpone or cancel the 2020 Swellendam Winter School which is due to start only in May – 2 months away.
 We will take a decision on postponement or cancellation on a month-to-month basis, as evidence and regulations permit.
 Safety and health for all will be foremost in our decision making.

1 Comment

  1. Lorraine Walsh

    It is in the best interests of everyone in Swellendam and in the country that due to nationwide lock down from midnight Thursday 26 March WE WILL BE CLOSED.
    We will however, still be open tomorrow 26th March 9am until 4.30pm
    Stay safe


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