The Centurion Hotel… a landmark!

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The good thing about living in the capital city of South Africa, is that you are always just an arms-length from almost any and everything you might need.  Joburg is a mere hour’s drive away, so is the bush veld, lodges, most food spots and shopping malls.  One spot that is certainly going to capture the attention of young and old, is the formerly known, Centurion Lake Hotel.  Now, boasting a new name, The Centurion Hotel, is a landmark to everyone who frequent Centurion.

The Centurion Hotel forms part of The Legacy Group of hotels and resorts.  Not only is The Legacy Group the leading hospitality group in South Africa, but is also renowned for their presence in more than 6 countries world wide, with numerous world class resorts, hotels and bush-lodges that fits connoisseur and families alike.

I was fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the relaunch of this gem in the heart of Centurion and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Their rooms, interior and hospitality were par excellence, their vibe is trendy and the energy was contagious.  Raymond Kodisang, the General Manager of the Centurion Hotel passionately shared their plan and dreams for Centurion and the greater City of Tshwane with us.  All I can say Gautengers, is ready yourselves for promotions that will make any weekday one to remember.

From their Crunch Lunch promotion weekdays at only R59,00, to their Quiz Night on Tuesdays will have young and old enjoy themselves at this very central hotspot.  Did I mention they have date-night on Wednesdays?  Sport lovers can make themselves comfy in front of a big screen every Saturday with kiddies entertainment being provided.  Make a point of visiting them when you have the chance and when you reach those dreaded Sundays, why not go for sundowners at their infinity pool and take pictures to your heart’s content.  Keep up to date with all they have to offer on their social media page via Facebook, The Centurion Hotel.  Being a Pretoria resident myself, I can not wait to see what’s in store next for this great Centurion landmark. There we have it people, all I can say is…. go visit them!  Now!

Say hallo to The Publican Bar & Grill!

The Publican Bar & Grill is situated in the Southdowns Shopping centre in Irene, Pretoria and close to the John Vorster offramp.  The Publican greets you with a contemporary mix of leather, stoned walls and an amazing fireplace that hypnotises you the moment you set foot through their doors.

I always say that it’s the small things that count when visiting any restaurant or eatery and here we can check all the boxes.  From the light pink Orchid at reception, the copper light fittings and even the bathrooms are tastefully done.  They surely didn’t skimp on anything when it comes to their decor.

The hostess immediately greets you with a smile and swiftly guide the way to your designated spot.  Flowing through the restaurant you end up on the stoep (veranda) and are immediately taken aback by the view and the gazillion lights.  (I’ve said it before, I’m a sucker for a good setting).

Tables are minimalist and well set and the darker tones on their furniture and black serviettes gives you a very ‘expensive’ or exclusive feel to what you are about to experience.  Their waiting staff works as a team and you are informed on their wines and given drink options.  I enjoyed a delightful deep red called Silver Myn from the Zorgvliet Wine Estate.

Immediately options on starters, mains and desserts were raised and I was impressed with the passion they show when explaining their menu options, from preparation to the moment it arrives on your plate.  It’s infectious.

For starters I just HAD to enjoy the Thick Cut Bacon with fresh parsley salad.  (By the way, the world is better because of Bacon). Delicious!  Mains feature a New York strip steak, Black Angus Beef and was beautifully prepared.  I would’ve like a bit more fries on the side though.  To close the evening off, I enjoyed a delectable Eaton Mess and was engulfed with a sticky viscid meringue, berry coolie and cream.  I was in heaven.

The Publican Bar & Grill gets it right and should be on your list if you are a meat-eater and enjoy lovely flame grilled meals.  They also have good vegetarian options available.  This eatery is a sure catalyst to an amazing evening filled with friends, great food and choice wine……… did I mention the view??  Go! Now!