the place to experience the true Inanda township vibe
If you’re tired of the usual string of franchise restaurants, then make a trip out to Sbu’s Tavern. Sbu himself designed and built the double-storey structure with restaurant and spacious decks with wide views from the top floor. He wanted an ‘African feel’ and to create the effect he used an eclectic collection of tiles cemented into crazy patterns on the floors and pillars.
“I did everything myself,” he says, “except for the paintings.”
The paintings are large murals of Nelson Mandela and other struggle heroes, as well as of iconic Inanda destinations such as the Gandhi Settlement, Ohlange, Inanda Seminary, the Shembe village Ekuphakameni and – of course – Sbu’s Tavern itself. All were done by a local artist.
Sbu is a true entrepreneur. He is a trained mechanic who used to fix cars in his workshop next door to the current site. And when customers asked him if he couldn’t create a place for them to eat and drink while they waited, he took them seriously – and built Sbu’s Tavern.
The location is perfect – right on the main road between Kwa-Mashu, Inanda and the more rural Umzinyathi where the Inanda Dam, the holy Shembe mountain and the Umzinyathi Falls are to be found.
Downstairs is a car wash, as well as the butchery where you can buy your meat, which is then prepared for you on an open fire and which you can eat upstairs on the open deck with a view, served on a meat platter with chopped chillis and tomatoes, pap (stiff mealiemeal porridge) or bread. And drinks are served from a trendy pub in a glassed-in area.
During weekdays you can have a quiet, relaxed meal or drink at Sbu’s, but at night and especially over weekends, this restaurant is pumping. It is the place to experience the true Inanda township vibe.