Our Story

It's all about the

journey

The Café Gannet restaurant was founded in the spring of 1988 by hotelier JJ Moorcroft, who conceptualized the restaurant. From humble beginnings as a small establishment, seating 40 guests, it has grown to become a renowned Garden Route landmark.

The restaurant now seats 250 diners and encompasses the Legendary Blue Oyster Cocktail Bar and the historic Ochre venue. JJ was joined by dynamic duo, Gareth and Janine Shippen in 2008. The trio still run the daily operations together and with JJ at the helm they are always busy with new innovations, to ensure guests leave having experienced a true taste of Mossel Bay and the hospitality of the town’s people.

”When I opened in 1988, I never thought in my wildest dreams, that 30 years later we would have touched so many people’s lives, or become such a successful endeavour. Thank you! Enjoy your meal and celebrate life!”

- JJ Moorcroft