Main: Seafood Other: South African, Breakfast, Grills
The well known Paternoster Hotel is situated on the West Coast of South Africa in the fishing village of Paternoster a 145km from north of Cape Town.
The original building was built in 1863 by the community with limestone from the area. In those days it served as a ‘mall’ with a clothing store, jail/holding cell, entertainment (snooker tables). The present dining room was used for dances and church services and the function hall was an open area used by the local farmers to store their corn.
During the years the property changed various hands until in 1973 Johan Carosini bought the hotel and transformed it into the legend the Paternoster Hotel is today. Johan and his son Giorello are still the proud owners of the Hotel.
The Restaurant is open to Hotel and day visitors 7 days a week. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining room or outside on the veranda only 2 minutes walk from the beach. The Paternoster Hotel pride themselves on preparing delicious seafood dishes, especially crayfish and stock a selection of local wines from the region. Braai facilities and traditional seafood braais are available on request and need to be booked in advance.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with a personal touch and lots of olden day charm. No bookings are taken for groups under 10 and no reservations at all during the high season times.
The Paternoster Hotel has a unique and famous pub that first served as the Paternoster jail. In 1974 Johan Carosini started the collection of “honeymoon panties”. The panty collection had to be taken down in June 1983 after a Dominee/Reverend had tea at the hotel and reported this “unholy” practice to the police. Needless to say the policeman who was responsible for the confiscation of the panties, was thereafter called “Panty’ Basson by everyone who knew.
The collection was once again started in the nineties by Johan’s son and now co owner Giorello and is still flourishing today.
Please note our restaurant open times during December / January Holiday Season:
Monday to Sunday: Breakfast: 08:00 – 10:30 and Lunch/Dinner: 11:00 – 21:30
24 December – only open until 16:00
25 December – only open for our Christmas Lunch – Booking essential
31 December – only open until 18:00 – Pub open until 20:00