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About Mike Clarke and Clarke of the Karoo

Mike Clarke of Clarke of the Karoo restaurant, Barrydale

Mike Clarke of Clarke of the Karoo restaurant, Barrydale

“After lecturing at hotel school in the UK and various food and beverage positions, I arrived in South Africa as Touring Supporter for the 1974 British Lions, joined Southern Sun Hotels and worked in Cape Town, Plettenberg Bay, Mauritius and Johannesburg.

After working in the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago) I returned to South Africa and purchased “The Suikerbossie” in Hout Bay which I owned for nearly fourteen years before moving to Knysna to build an old English pub on the lagoon. That was the start of Crabs Creek Waterfront Tavern, a concept based on my family’s 600 year old coaching house near Chester in the U.K.

Eight years later I sold the business and eventually ended up in Barrydale, converting an old butchery into “Clarke of the Karoo Restaurant and Farmstall”.  Clarke of the Karoo, on the R62, has since become a popular stopover for the more discerning diner, for both breakfast and lunch.