Sharing is hot, customers are cool, at Mugg & Bean


One of Grahamstown’s favourite restaurants is two years old this month and to say thank you to the town, they are giving back in a delicious way! 

A delicious chocolate cake at Mugg & Bean. Picture: Nomfundo Nondzube

Sole owner Craig Foord said two years after their grand launch, Mugg & Bean are more delicious, and more popular than ever.

To celebrate, they recently launched their breakfast special – a complimentary flat white cappuccino when you order from the all-day breakfast category in the menu.

Times are tough and pockets are empty – but Mugg & Bean’s menu offers great value for money.

“We have a unique menu which is updated every season,” Foord said.

This week they launched their summer menu that includes platters catering for six to eight people.

The Mugg & Bean menu caters for everyone, including the health conscious, vegetarians, vegans, those who really like something meaty on their plate and those who insist on organic food.

Based at the busy Pepper Grove mall, Mugg & Bean caters for a wide variety of people and not only allows customers to share meals, but encourages it.

“We currently have an exciting menu where people can come in and mix and match their meal and share it with each other, turning the meal into an experience,” he said.

Diners and mid-morning snackers can order mini Hasselback potatoes, Mexican corn fritters, smoky barbeque pork belly rashers, spicy buffalo wings and a light wedge salad to mix, match, and share together.

“Mugg & Bean is about sharing and engaging with friends and family,” says Senior Manager Rennete Crous.

They restaurant is in the process of getting a liquor license, but meanwhile, groups may bring their own alcohol to the restaurant for a fee of R25 per table.

“We have our Facebook page (Mugg & Bean Grahamstown) and encourage people to like the page,” Crous said. “If you get your friends to also like the page, you stand a chance of winning a spot prize.”

If you’re looking for a seriously big meal, Foord suggests the Pit Boss barbeque grill – a 125g rump basted in barbeque sauce, smoky barbeque pork belly rashers, boerewors, buffalo chicken wings, grilled corn on the cob, skin on fries with creamy mustard cheese dipping sauce.

“The Pit Boss barbeque grill is our latest invention on the menu and it’s a great one to share,” he said.

The restaurant also does custom catering for functions such as end-of-the-year functions. A range of platters includes a breakfast platter, a meaty platter and a chicken platter.

Celebrating the cafe culture vibe is the fantastic deal where you can buy one cup of bottomless coffee and help yourself for more as much as you want for free while enjoying uncapped WiFi.

“Our customer base has grown because we’re involved with the community and we do our best to make our customers feel at home when they’re here,” Foord said.

“Our community initiatives include the community run held in Port Elizabeth, where we donated 300 cupcakes. We are very much involved with our community and put our money where it is really needed.”

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