We had a wonderful turn-out for this trip – 31 persons including 4 men who all added a good touch to our day!
We headed to Babylonstoren, first via the N1 but then took a detour to avoid the roadworks and eventually came out on the Klapmuts road and from there not far at all to Babylonstoren -our first stop for the day! There is always something new at Babylonstoren – the latest addition being their captivating Scented room – what a delight to any woman! Scented candles / soaps and bath crystals – and hand lotions that you can try prior to buying!
The other popular shop was the Bakery/Farm Shop with their fresh farm produce and unusual breads; a ‘gatherers delight’! Then, of course, the gardens are always a treat and just being amongst many tourists and families out enjoy the stunning day seeing that it was school holidays, many children loving the day out!
Tea at the Greenhouse is to be recommended – just a pity that it was difficult to pre-book our group there for lunch – being 31 we were above the ‘maximum’ size! Their scones were delicious and ice rooibos tea equally good!
The consensus was that next time we need to spend the day and chill out in the gardens! There is so much to see and do – 2 hours “is nowhere enough time”!
Next stop was Zorgvliet where our group was seated in their restaurant as a private room for our lunch. Their service was superb & no-one could fault them – we had a few complaints about cold vegetables! But considering they use boards for service – even if the veg left the kitchen boiling hot, it would have become cold in transit!
Choice for lunch was Bobotie; Chicken Pie; Short rib of Beef or Kingklip with rice and vegetables! (Hey, Bridget sorry about your shirt with the Bobotie stain – hope it comes out! – a tricky stain to handle!)
By 15:00 we were all ready to leave Zorgvliet travelling over the stunning Helshoogte Mountain Pass back to the city. Tableview drop off just after 16:20 and then off to Constantia – but because it is school holidays far less traffic on the road!