N6 Pad­stal, Red­der­s­burg

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Red­der­s­burg is a small town in the Free State, south of Bloemfontein. The N6 high­way goes right through. Slow down and look for the brightly coloured wind­mill at the N6 Pad­stal, which will wave you over with prom­ises of fil­ter cof­fee, honey, bil­tong and dried fruit. There are pump­kins on the roof and a sign at the front door that reads: “’ n Mo­erse welkom aan al ons kaste­mers”. In this part of the coun­try you can ex­pect real plat­te­land hos­pi­tal­ity, but what caught me by sur­prise was the nurs­ery. It’s a quiet, calm space with ta­bles un­der shade net­ting where you can re­lax and have some­thing to eat or drink. Or­der the mixed grill with steak, sausage, eggs and chips (R60) or a plate of boerekos (R80) if you’re here on a Sun­day. The staff all rec­om­mend the choco­late milk­shake (R25) and the home-made gin­ger beer. If you’re crav­ing a pan­cake, some­one will al­ways be will­ing to make some for you. Dogs are wel­come. You can even buy yours a home-made dog bis­cuit. You can also bring any sec­ond-hand books you don’t need and the farm stall will sell them in their book­shop – all pro­ceeds go to the lo­cal old-age home. But best of all is the milk tart (R5 for a mini milk tart; R40 for a big one). The farm stall ran its own com­pe­ti­tion to find the best recipe in the dis­trict, which was won by Red­der­s­burg res­i­dent An­natjie du Plooy. Her recipe (which she found on Google!) is the one that the farm stall now uses. And it’s de­li­cious. Where? Right next to the N6 ( Van Riebeeck Street), which runs through Red­der­s­burg. Open­ing times: Daily from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm; closed on Christ­mas and Good Fri­day. Con­tact: 071 578 3834; “N6 Pad­stal” on Face­book.

WIN­NING COM­BI­NA­TION. The team be­hind the suc­cess of the N6 Pad­stal’s milk tart; from left: An­natjie du Plooy, Gerda Kruger, Bernard Ros­souw, Tha­rina Jou­bert (owner), Elna Barnard and Magda Linger­felder.

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