Bunnie Hunt #3: Rule Britannia!

The Britannia Hotel

On Sunday afternoon, I took a drive down Umgeni Road to visit a place that I’d driven past countless times before.  Maybe I’m the only one, but I had never really paid any attention to it and I must admit I’d painted it with the same brush as many buildings in that area – just another seemingly seedy building that had fallen victim to urban blight, covered in grime, overshadowed by progress and the busy Connaught bridge. I also had no clue that it was called Hotel Britannia or that it is, in fact, the oldest hotel in the city.

I humbly admit that I could not have been more wrong about the place.  While the building front houses a sports betting hall, which seemed to confirm my preconceived ideas, I have to admit that the Victorian facade retains a sort of unassuming charm about it. The entrance at the back of the building is far more modern and would not look out of place in Umhlanga Rocks.

The entrance. Quite different from the front of the building.

Upon entering the hotel, one has a choice of sitting in the pub or going to the restaurant (called Capsicum).  The same kitchen serves both so it really depends what sort of mood you’re in.  Inside the hotel, some of the old wooden doors and fittings seem to have been retained which adds a colonial feel to the hotel.

Capsicum Restaurant


Happy looking diners

The pub is festooned with English football shirts and scarves as well as some motor racing   flags.  With two big screens, it looks like a really good place to chill and watch sport on one of the two big screens.  Although the vibe was very relaxed when I was there, I’m sure that this place gets busy at times.

The Sports pub

But enough about the hotel, I was here for one of the legendary bunnies. I chose the restaurant and  ordered a 1/4 mutton bunny as per usual.  The service was excellent and, although it was busy, I didn’t have to wait long for my food, which I must say, didn’t disappoint.

The flavour of the curry was very good –  a generous portion of tender meat with a lot of sauce, which I thought was pretty decent.  There was one large bone in the curry but that was it.

Oh yes!

Despite what I said about bones last post, I actually think that they’re pivotal to a good curry, as long as there aren’t too many of them.  When cooked, the bone releases gelatin which enhances the flavour and texture of the meat.  It also conducts heat and ensures even cooking and prevents the meat from drying out.  The curry wasn’t hot at all – a slight burn, so I’d describe it as mild to medium.

The bread was fresh and there were sambals served on the side – carrot with chillies. So overall, it was a very enjoyable bunny for R32.  They also served the bunny sans eating utensils, which I thought was pretty cool, since you’re supposed to eat bunnies with your hands. If you’re really stuck in your ways though, or you are a hopeless hypochondriac with OCD tendencies, or any tendencies for that matter, you can ask for a knife and fork you damned counterrevolutionary bourgeois pig! I know you can because I tried and it works.

Let's see what's inside shall we?

So anyway, here’s how I scored the bunny:








Smokers might give the vibe in the bar a 5/5 though.

So, all in all, I was really impressed by this one. I hadn’t heard much about the restaurant and/or the food before this and I suspect that it’s because they have a sort of quiet confidence in the fact that they serve an awesome bunny and they prefer to let the food speak for itself.  So do yourself a favour and visit the Britannia  – you won’t be disappointed you did!

Leave us a comment below and let us know about your experience of Britannia. While you’re doing that, we’ll be hitting Govender’s in Eaton Road.

To find out more about the Britannia Hotel, go check out their profile on SAFINDit.

Stay Stoked,