N6 Padstal, Reddersburg
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.