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“ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACE IN THE LOWVELD!” *****

I have been meaning to write this review for a while, and am finally getting around to it. We had our wedding there in September 2014, and it was amazing! We first found Magnolia when we were looking for our wedding venue and loved the inside of the restaurant and realized it would be a perfect setting. The food was amazing on that day! Jamie Doran an amazing job, as well as his staff. Not only was the food great, he was very accommodating to us basically having all of the furniture removed from his restaurant so we could hire in round tables! I highly recommend this place, as we go back each SA trip and the food is as good as ever!


“ONE OF THE BEST IN THE LOWVELD" *****

Went to Magnolia as part of a wedding reception party. The setting and interior is quaint and open and airy. The food is very well prepared and the menu is excellent. The restaurant went to a lot of trouble catering to the wishes of the wedding party and went out of their way to make the occasion special.


Hi All

Just to let you know that Nick and I are back at work after a short break. We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved in organizing our wedding. It was so much more than we could have imagined and every aspect that we planned for happened just the way it was meant to.

The church was great and a please pass on our thanks to the ladies that cleaned out all the décor after we had left. I was spoilt rotten with great assistance with nails and make up.

The service was perfect and everyone was commenting on how smoothly it went – we appreciated all the kind words of wisdom and your guidance.

The décor was amazing, a lot of effort went into hanging all those tiny little bottles and the flowers were spot on. I couldn’t have asked for a more fitting bouquet

There was not a single hungry person in the house, the service was slick and the food was more than we were expecting. The cake was exactly like the picture! That was amazing. The music was just right and kept people on the dance floor till the end.

The accommodation was just right and nice to know that there were very few people out on the road after the reception – thanks for your patience in all the last minute changes.

Being in this industry we know the amount of work that goes into co-ordinating and pulling off a function and we are grateful for all of the hard work, generosity and kindness of everyone we have had the pleasure of meeting during this important adventure of ours.

Can’t wait to see the pictures, they are on their way!

Kind Regards, Kerry Leuenberger


Morning Jamie,

Just wanted to thank you for an absolutely spectacular weekend and wedding!!! Everything was outstanding. Food, service, staff.... We had an absolute blast and guests have not stopped raving about everything.

Food was incredible... have had numerous compliments from everyone.

Thanks for all your efforts in making it such a memorable weekend. Quite depressed that its over.

However, going to be back next year for our anniversary with EVERYONE to celebrate again.

Many Thanks. Regards, Claire & Ross


Both our daughters got married in 2011 at Magnolia. One was a winter wedding and the other a spring wedding. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting, excellent food and service! Well done Jamie and staff.

Jean and Dalena Roux


To Jamie and staff,

Thank you for making our wedding day special and unforgettable. We were in the best of hands!

Johan and Isabelle Horn.


To Jamie and all the Magnolia Staff,

I wish to take this opportunity to extend our greatest thanks for making one of the most special days of our lives! It started from the first moment that you invited us to consider Magnolia as a venue for our wedding, from this point it felt more like a friendship than a service we were receiving! Often we talk about the day and take great pride in telling people about how everything we could ever want was given to us with a smile and no reserve. We receive so many compliments on our wedding day, the décor, the service of the staff and the general experience had by all, not to mention the countless compliments on the food that was prepared for our guests. It was so refreshing to deal with yourself and all your staff, if there was any concern shown by us it was dealt with immediately and as if it was a pleasure to do so. One thing among the many that stand out in our minds is the fact that the staff seemed to enjoy the wedding as much as we and our guests did, which made it just that much more awesome! Which leads me to compliment the fact that the staff of your establishment enjoy their work, environment, and are obviously proud to be a part of the dream. Again, thank you for everything you did for us, we wish you nothing but the utmost success and have no doubt you will achieve it!

Sincerest regards, Mathew and Sandra Metcalf


Dear Jamie

It has been a week since the wedding,and what a depressive week it has been. All the planning,hype and excitement is now but a fleeting memory. BUT dare I say, a memory that is imprinted in everyone’s minds and certainly the talk of each and every guest at the wedding. They absolutely loved Magnolia and could not stop raving about the superb food that was served. We honestly do not have words to express our sincere gratitude & appreciation for everything that you & your staff have done to make Claire & Ross’s special day even more special than expected. Your dedication,commitment and passion has most certainly rubbed off onto your staff as well. They were all amazing and could not do enough for us. We will most definitely be recommending Magnolia & Jamie Watt.

Take Care & God Bless, Marlene & Ian Johnson


Hi Jamie,

Hope you are doing well and that you have had an amazing festive season!!

Apologies for the late response - but I’ve been waiting for our wedding photos to arrive before i sent this email:-)

I just want to thank you and your team at the hotel and the restaurant for making our day sooo special! Everything was PERFECT!!!

My family cant stop talking about the venue AND the menu!!!! :-)

Thank you for making it so much fun and stress free - you deserve golden awards for your hospitality, friendliness and quality of food and service!!!

Peace - thank you for your warm heart and all your attention to detail!!! the honeymoon suite was definitely a surprise when we returned late that evening!! thank you so much for the card and the flowers - it really added the cherry on the cake after such an amazing day!!!!

I have attached some photos for you to view - if you would like to use any of these in future - just let me know which ones and i will send it to you in high res!!! LOVE it!!!!

Good luck with all your events in future - may you grow from strength to strength!!!

Take care!!!! x

Kind Regards, Lyndie van Wyngaardt



“EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!” *****

We had our wedding reception at Magnolia Restaurant and were amazed with the service that we received from owners Jamie and Kelly. All promises were delivered and all our concerns were answered and attended to. Manager Krystal was very helpful and the pride that she takes in her work was evident. The service on the night was excellent and the food was fantastic. Compliments such as “best wedding food ever” was received from numerous guests. Definitely a venue to recommend. Thank you to the staff of Magnolia for making our night a memorable one.



“WEDDING” *****

The restaurant was the location of our wedding. The food was excellent, and the portions were generous.

While we were taking wedding photos the restaurant arranged snacks for the guest to keep them entertained until the reception. Everyone loved the prawn tempura and mini pizza’s and were almost full before the dinner even started. The rest of dinner was just as good and well presented. The next morning everyone was full of complements about the quality of the food.

The staff was helpful and friendly both on the night and during the wedding preparations. An excellent venue for a wedding, romantic couples dinner or even a place to meet a group of friends. The personalised service and quality food makes this one of the better restaurants I have eaten at.

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