The Larder Philosophy

Food made with love

Tasty homemade breakfasts and coffee refuelling on our sunny little stoep on Grove Avenue has become somewhat a tradition for many Claremont businessman and locals. Enjoy lazy weekend brunches in our little corner café, nothing quite beats our benedict we call Johnny Depp. That rocking hollandaise oozing over Frank’s creamy perfectly poached egg with Boon’s crispy free-range smokey bacon on the side, should we even mention Woodstock’s deliciously toasted sourdough to mop up all the roast tomato juices?


New vegan & dietary options

We have added some tasty new dishes to the menu including our Vegan Farinata omelette with creamy avocado and plum chutney, a popular one with some of our non-vegetarians too! Our menu is tailored to offer vegans, vegetarian plenty of tasty treats. Our amazing new Plant Poke Bowl is a firm favourite already, those creamy sweet potato falafels with the crunchy wasabi slaw, yummy vegan mayo & hummus, avocado and quinoa. Most of our vegetarian dishes can be adapted if you are Vegan, we’ll just replace the cheese with more avo or nuts for you. If you are avoiding gluten or refined sugar, there is plenty to entice you. Our Pimped superfood banana loaf that’s toasted, sprinkled with walnuts and dolloped with honey yoghurt is definitely worth refining decadence.

Caffeine free options

Have you tried any our Superlatte’s, the divine caffeine-free options, either the Golden Turmeric or the Red Velvet Beet? Both are winners if you have reached your coffee limit for the day.

Something sweet

We love tinkering with cakes and sweet things, so peek into the cake counter to find these delicious things that aren't on the menu. If you haven’t tried our Chocolate buttermilk cake then you haven’t lived! Our chocolate orange date balls are the best out there we think! We cook from scratch on site, so that means our mayo’s and pesto are all homemade. Our dishes are cooked to order by our team with love each and every time. The team is small, this means we get to know you all better.

Other Services

  • Office lunches
  • Catering & Harvest Tables
  • Baby showers & Kitchen Tea's
  • Events
  • Venue Hire
  • Speciality Cakes
  • Freezer filling
Easter cupcakes

Coffee Loyalty

Buy 10 coffees and get one FREE! Make sure you sign up for Coffee Loyalty email us on info @ to sign up. We'll send you a QR code swipe each purchase.


Our supply chain

Simplicity and provenance are key for us here at The Larder - every ingredient matters! We call it honest food with integrity, sourcing as many ingredients from small passionate producers and people we know.

Working with nature, seasonally as best we can, with fresh and free-range produce, from as close as possible. We avoid food, coffee & drinks with miles.

Our suppliers are carefully handpicked, those who have passion and love for their products. Our coffee is from the lovely Bean There who ethically source only fair trade Africa beans, supporting and uplifting communities directly. Our meats are only free range! We use Elgin Free Range for our antibiotic free happy chicken. Our streaky bacon comes from Ryan Boon and charcuterie from Richard Bosman. Artisan bread is lovingly baked using age-old traditions by Woodstock Bakery, while we all sleep soundly using stoneground flour.

Office Lunch

Free delivery (within a 1km radius) for orders placed before 10:30am over R400 for delivery between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. Download our MENU.

Call us on 021 671 1958 or find us on UBER EATS and MR D

Office Meetings

Need coffee at meetings? If you are a local, we'll deliver steamy hot cups of coffee, quickly. Wow the crowd around the boardroom table with a tray of our delectable treats like our amazing cinnamon buns, our made to order donuts (vegan ones available too) or delicious superfood banana loaf that happens to be without gluten and refined sugar! Call us on 021-6711958 to put an assortment together or take a look at our online shop.


  • Coffee cups & lids are made and printed locally & compostable & biodegradable
  • Eco-cups welcome or bring your own mugs
  • No straw policy
  • Eco-friendly fridges & LED lighting too
  • Reducing our footprint wherever possible
Coffee love cups, eco credz

What is a larder?

lar·der (noun)

a cool place with a supply of food, otherwise known as a pantry



Effortless entertaining! Our cafe makes a perfect venue for catch-ups, baby showers and much more. We are licenced too for craft beer, local wines & bubbly. Contact us if you would like to use our space.

Contact us for our stunning platters price list, inquire about Harvest Tables. Choose items from our menu for affordable office lunches, meetings or presentations. We will happily bring plates of gorgeous food to your door. Our food is always presented with style and wow-factor, the beauty lies in the combination of texture, colours and ingredients that we take great pride in sourcing, as local and clean as possible. From small intimate functions up or up to 200. We will make it an event memorable!

Take a look at our online shop for ordering at the click of a button.

Are you a fan of our gourmet chicken sausage rolls? Drumroll please! They are now available frozen in packs of 4 to enjoy at home, in a lunch box or for effortless supper. They make fabulous bitesize canape's when you are entertaining.

Speciality birthday cakes, no problem!

Larder Preserves

Sonja has developed an incredible range of artisan preserves that are whimsical twists on tradition and have unique flavour combinations. Enjoy them home, they make fabulous gifts too, put 3 jars in a gift tube for a perfect corporate gift. Sonja also supplies the luxury hospitality industry with large jars.

Because the jams & chutneys are made with less sugar it makes them partnered with cheeses. Absolutely superb. If you are a hotel or restaurant and require wholesale, please contact Wild Peacock or email food @

Food Cherry jam

How did the Larder begin?

Our founder, Sonja fell in love with food in the early ’90s when stranded in Australia after a skiing accident. Sydney with it s diverse overflowing food culture was a mecca not only for good food but the café coffee culture. It became a dream of hers to start a café, a bit like Cheers, where everyone knows your name...

Working at a small boutique hotel who focused on sustainability and cooking seasonally, complete with full kitchen garden, she was inspired by food producers, local farmer practising good animal husbandry, focusing on animal diet and health. The industry was celebrating the small, away from large factory produced goods.

Seeking formal training, she enrolled in Leith’s School of Food & Wine in London. During her years in London, she worked as a private chef in luxury properties in the UK, Italy and France. In between, she worked as a food stylist on tv shows, commercials, books and magazines as well as food editor & writer on M&S magazine, Waitrose Seasons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda.

View her previous work and contact her on Foodbysonja for any menu development, consulting, recipe development or writing.


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Store Details

The Larder - Claremont

Grove Building, 8 Grove Avenue, Claremont

Tel: 021 671 1958

Mon – Fri: 7am to 3:30 pm

Saturday: 8.30am to 1.30pm

Supperclub – get in touch for bookings of 15 or more, we’d be happy to cook!

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