This establishment is a recreation of the historic trading posts that were once scattered along the old East Coast Frontier in the early 1800's.
The lonely outposts usually began as a fortified farm or military stronghold and as more and more big game hunters and farmers moved in, the posts slowly grew into small villages that in time became towns, even cities.
The old pass through the nearby Van Staden's Gorge was a watering place for wagons coming up from the Cape - it was, in fact, the gateway to the big game hunting fields of old Africa.
The distinctive Lady's Slipper rock formation on the mountain overlooking "Falcon Rock" was a well known feature that travellers used as a beacon, or marker, to guide them. It was also used as a gathering place where wagons were outspanned and the oxen allowed to rest and graze while the weary travellers took it easy.
Today, travellers are made welcome here to relax, eat, drink and enjoy the historical surroundings.
Falcon Rock Restaurant just outside Port Elizabeth
Falcon Rock offers a wholly unique restaurant and accommodation choice. Situated just a short drive from Port Elizabeth and nestled amongst the stunning slopes of the Lady’s Slipper Mountain and close to the wild expanses of Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve, this friendly, relaxed and welcoming venue offers a truly enchanting experience – a place where families and friends can come together for something ‘beyond the usual’.
With its glorious mountain backdrops and lush indigenous trees, guests can enjoy the truly stunning setting whilst tucking into a bite to eat or sipping on a few lazy drinks while enjoying the country air and setting.
The rustic indoor restaurant with its great ambience comfortably seats 60 guests and is perfect for smaller weddings, private functions and parties as well as relaxed dining with good friends. Outside there is seating for up to 30 guests and on a bright day this is the ideal spot for a long lunch taking in the spectacular views.
For those looking to enjoy a more lively evening, the licensed bars, the decor harking back to the old days of exploration, with black powder rifles, stools made if gum tree trunks and artifacts on display make it a great place to watch your favourite sport. There is plenty to keep the kids entertained as well. The enchanting and spacious garden is equipped with a playground which has swings, a jungle gym and a sandpit – an ideal and safe country atmosphere.
The menu at Falcon Rock ensures that all tastes are catered for with its varied and tasty South African cuisine. Enjoy classics such as Eisbein or Oxtail hotpot and wash it down with a glass of good South African wine.
Falcon Rock also offers camping and chalet accommodation near Port Elizabeth for those wishing to enjoy the great hiking and mountain climbing routes in the area – an excellent accommodation choice for families and groups of friends wishing to get ‘back to nature’ whilst visiting the Eastern Cape.
Your hosts Gary and Genie will ensure you will always feel warm and welcome at Falcon Rock.