Bergair Lifestyle Centre: Drakensberg Brewery, Champagne Bistro-Café and Farm Friends

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Nestled in the Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg is Bergair Lifestyle Centre. The centre is housed on the R600 in the hangars of the El Mirador Airfield and currently contains Drakensberg Brewery, Champagne Bistro-Café and Farm Friends.

Drakensberg Brewery has provided quality local craft beer to the Drakensberg region for the past year. The brewery has a brewpub attached to enjoy a beer tasting experience of the four standard beers: Champagne Castle Blonde Ale, Cathedral Peak Pilsner, Amphitheatre Red Ale and Giant’s Castle Stout. There are also speciality beers produced that vary all the time, only available on tap at the brewery. A well-constructed wine list and ‘build your own’ food platter menu complement the beer brewed by owner and brewmaster, Nick Roberts.

Elsa and Schalk Buys moved down from Clarens to open Champagne Bistro-Café, and Elsa’s reputation precedes her and the quality of food at this restaurant is of the highest standard. Whether you order a salad, platter, quiche or burger, you will not be disappointed. They host a harvest table on Sundays that one definitely needs to book for.

Nestled in the Champagne Valley of the Central Drakensberg is Bergair Lifestyle Centre.

"Local is always lekker!" This is a philosophy strongly espoused by regional businesswomen Andelie and Sigrun. Recognising the potential of the Berg Air development they opened Farm Friends, a little shop of wonders. A cornucopia of gifts and goodies, from artistic ironwork, snacks and free-to-roam meat, all products are carefully sourced to represent local fair and design. It's almost impossible to walk away from the shop empty-handed.

Bergair Lifestyle Centre, El Mirador Airfield, R600, Cathkin Park, KZN

Drakensberg Brewery: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am till sunset; 060 382 6225;

Champagne Bistro-Café: Wednesday-Sunday for breakfast and lunch; 060 331 0284

Farm Friends: Wednesday-Saturday 8.30am till 4.30pm, Sunday 8.30am till 2.30pm
Open on public holidays and in high season /; 083 365 0391 / 083 468 1450