There can be no doubt that Greyton’s 1854 Restaurant is the best live music venue in the Overberg region. Owner, Mornay van Oudtshoorn, and his restaurant have become local legends and attract both Greyton locals and out of town visitors to fill every seat at every table, every Saturday night.
The artist line-up is a great blend of popular cover band regulars (Nick Kuiper’s CeeKay trio and the Doppler Effect duo) interspersed with gems such as Albert Frost, Robin Auld, Jesse Jordan and more. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, every month sees a cover band regular, a professional solo artist and a wildcard performance like ‘Theatre Night’ with Luna Paige or the blues with the Urban Blues band. There just isn’t enough space to cover it all. One thing that you can be sure of, is that Saturday night at 1854 is always cooking!!
The food is great pub grub, with steaks and burgers heading up the offerings. Mornay’s secret basting is killer. Better than the Spur any day of the week. The menu is comprehensive, yet unpretentious and pricing is very attractive.
Mornay spends time with his patrons and cooks simultaneously. When the kitchen is closed, it’s closed! Then Mornay comes out to play… He regularly gets on stage with some of the regular artists and does a bit of a Niel Diamond medley or an Afrikaans song or two and always earning a standing ovation!
So, do your self a favor, pay 1854 a visit one weekend. Stay overnight in the town (Greyton has lots of accommodation that can be booked) and find out for yourself why this restaurant enjoys a ‘4.9 out of 5’ rating on Facebook.
The bad news is…, 11’O’clock and the show is over. Strict discipline and those who need their beds by now are encouraged to find them. For the rest, a few more nightcaps quietly in the inner-restaurant around a big table of friends and strangers is not unusual.