Times have changed at this railway station and instead of the boiler being stoked, it is now the big new pizza oven!
There was certainly light at the end of the tunnel for the old locomotive shed at Bot River Station which was lovingly restored to create a quirky 100-seater restaurant and bar- complete with all the railway paraphernalia imaginable – from old leather railway seats with original dining tables to the authentic light fittings made from old stainless steel filter elements and a myriad of railway signs and odds and ends - there is even a sign on the ‘loo’ stating “wee crossing!”
The attention to detail is astounding. The Shed conjures up nostalgic memories of the golden era of train travel in South Africa and even with modern touches, such as the large HD big screen projection system and surround sound - the essence of a bygone era remains.
Speaking of eras, this very special restaurant has entered a new one, under new ownership and with the charismatic and passionate couple, David Cooper and Helen Butler, the Shuntin Shed is full steam ahead to becoming one of the most popular restaurants in the area.
A visit to the Shed is a marvelous outing for the whole family (including your four legged friends) and children absolutely love it. It is the perfect venue for a themed birthday party and because the track is still operational, with luck a goods train may rumble past to the delight of the kids!
The menu, accompanied by a selection of the finest, local Bot River wines is superb and caters for every taste.
Their pizzas are out of this world and the thin, crispy bases are done to perfection and can be topped with every combination you could think of.
The Shuntin Shed is extraordinarily special and its quirky, off-beat vibe, delicious food and great service are an intoxicating combination and there is no stopping this train on its road (or should that be track?) to success.