Cullinan, located about 48 km east of Pretoria by rail, is a delightful village born out of the discovery of a rich diamond deposit there in the early 1900s. The village was named after the prominent local land-owner and mining company's chairman, Thomas Cullinan. By 1905, when the world's largest rough diamond was found, the Premier Diamond Mine was one of the richest mines in the country. A tree-lined avenue of sandstone miners' cottages and houses was bullt, leading up to the mine. The fast-growing village was connected to the NZASM's Pretoria to Delagoa Bay railway at Rayton by an 11 km branch line running through the hills down into a bustling little station and on to Zonderwater.
Unfortunately most restaurant listings available for Cullinan seem to be either incomplete or out of date. So, to help you to make a lunch choice, we provide a list of restaurants and cafes located within the village of Cullinan village itself.
Although not listed here, there are also several interesting and fun resorts and facilities situated in the countryside around Cullinan. However, to reach them, you would have had to make suitable transport arrangements in advance.
Please note that we usually carry several hundred passengers on our train. Most of these establishments are quite small and so fill up rapidly. We therefore suggest that you contact the restaurant or cafe of choice and reserve your table ahead of time. Many of the establishments have very small kitchens and so struggle to manage a large simultaneous influx of diners. Please do allow more time than usual and arrive reasonably early to complete your meal in comfort before the train departs.
For most trains, there are those who "like to cook their own". We provide free braai fires at the bottom of the park on the left, just off Oak Avenue, adjacent to the Cullinan Information Bureau. Please note that no tools or utensils are provided and that the available seating is very limited. Those who intend to braai should consider bringing their own cushions, blankets or light-weight folding camp chairs and tables to sit on in the shade of the trees. Just remember that space on the train is limited and you will have to carry them the 500 metres to and from the braai area.
We prefer to not give specific recommendations for restaurants and we cannot provide any quality guarantees. Despite that, we are frequently pressed to give an opinion. So, to be able to assist in the future, we would be pleased to hear about the quality and type of food served and the level of service provided at the restaurant of your choice.
All the facilities listed below are located within walking distance from the station for reasonably fit people (less than about 1 kilometre). Elderly or disabled persons should consider arranging transport in advance or using the limited transport facilities that might (or might not) wait at the station for the train's arrival. Make sure to arrange with the transport operator to collect you in good time to arrive back at the train for the return journey. All transport is privately provided. We suggest you contact our sales office for more information about how to pre-book such transport.
Cullinan restaurants and cafes:
As Greek as it Gets
86 Oak Ave, in the old Miners' Village.
012 734-0707 / 083 632-5364 Good authentic Greek food and fun atmosphere in the grounds of a former miner's cottage. Fun and noisy! Great for groups. Popular. Fills up very quickly, you must book ahead. See the website here
The Hearts of Coffee and Gift Shop
Cullinan Junction, Hotel St, immediately opposite the railway station.
084 579-1803 Teas, coffees, cakes and good home-made light lunches on a small, quaint deck overlooking the railway station. No walking involved. See the facebook page for details
Gems on Oak Cafe and Gift Shop
76 Oak Avenue, in the old mining villages
082 300-6697. See their facebook page for details
74 Oak Ave (it seems this restaurant might be closed for renovations).
082 531-6141 Yes, this is a strange and difficult to remember name. Good food, best described as fresh, eclectic and sassy. Run by Chef Lientjie Wessels Denton and husband Robert Denton. Review here.
The Lemon Tree Garden Restaurant
95 Oak Ave, in the old Miners' Village.
Cullinan Jewel Shopping Centre, cnr Oak Ave and Main St, in the town centre
012 734-3022 Standard Wimpy fare - value for money breakfasts and burgers. Great for those with kids or else on a budget. See the website here
Cullinan Diamond Lodge
2 Hotel St, near the town centre
012 734-2255 or 078 894-6550 Indoor and pleasant outdoor tables. Buffet. Great for larger groups. See the website for details
Oppistasie Restaurant and Steakhouse
071 659 2180 or 083 570 8291, on the platform at the station
In the old station building dating from 1905.
082 555-4562 Very convenient. No need to walk anywhere. Steaks, burgers, pasta, pizzas and very good pies.
The Cullinan Premier Hotel
1 Hotel St, close to the station, near the town centre
012 734-0059 or 012 734-0046 Period pub,dining room and an outdoor deck. Buffet. See the website for details
Whispering Oaks Garden Café
92 Oak Ave, in the old Miners' Village.
012 734-2496 Very pleasant outdoors atmosphere under umbrellas in the garden of an old miner's cottage. Light, tasty café food. Popular. See their facebook page for details
The Cockpit Brewhouse Pub
80 Oak Ave, in the old Miners' Village.
012 734-0656 or 082 902-9669 Great pub-style food accompanied by a selection of interesting draught ales and beers straight from their own on-the-premises micro-brewery. Indoor and outdoor seating. Bookings essential, deservedly very popular. See the website for details
Cullinan Golf Club
012 734-1078 Play the 9-hole course and relax in the spacious clubhouse and terrace. Call ahead to find out about available tee-off times and food options. See the website for details
Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas
Oaklaan 88, in the old Miners' Village.
012 734-0536 or 082 255-2465 "One man's junk yard, is another man's soul garden." Eclectic, so not for everyone. Picnic garden lunches. Often has live entertainment. See the website for details
112 Oak Ave, near the town centre, just above the railway crossing.
012 734-1054 Pleasant atmosphere. Outdoor deck. Delectable savoury and sweet pancakes. Light, tasty cafe food. See the website for details
Piacere Italian Restaurant
Seringa Rd, one road east of Oak Ave, in the miners' village, behind the McHardy House Museum.
082 203-9746 or 082 829-6797 In an old miner's house. Al fresco Italian meals at a venue where the whole family can unwind and enjoy an outing to the countryside. See the website for details
Studio 14 Bistro and Gallery
74 Oak Ave, in the miners' village.
0722820461 or 0842282446. In an old miner's house and garden. Al fresco, quality up-market light meals (breakfast and lunch). See facebook for details
Oak Ave, in the town centre, opposite Cullinan Jewel shops (was Sir Thomas)
012 734-2286 Simple pub fare.See their facebook page for detail
Cnr Oak Ave and Hotel Street, in the town centre.
076 848-4018 Hier kan jy nou aansit agter ‘n potjie skaapafval (net pens-en-pootjies en gekerrie), of ‘n beessterpot. Jy kan weglê aan ‘n lamstamatiebredie met boontjies of ‘n wildspotjie, of aan ‘n skenkelpot. Jy kan kies of jy pap, stampmielies of rys daarmee saam wil eet. En jy kan egte souskluitjies met kaneelsuiker of malvapoeding vir nagereg teen ‘n skamele. Die spyskaart bied nog ‘n aantal keuses onder ‘hoofgereg’, maar dié neig weg van boerekos, soos ek dit verstaan. Die biltong-en-pasta-pot kan seker deurgaan as ‘n F1-kruising. See their facebook page for details