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Warm up next to the fire­place at Rosemary Hill, while the chef pre­pares your break­fast with fresh pro­duce from the farm.

Noth­ing beats sip­ping freshly brewed cof­fee on a stoep with a view, while some­one cooks you break­fast. The cof­fee shop at Rosemary Hill or­ganic farm has the per­fect stoep to do just that, and in win­ter you can head in­side and warm up in front of the fire­place. Rosemary Hill is the kind of place where you can eat and drink with a clean con­science. The farm reuses and re­cy­cles where pos­si­ble (you don’t get a straw with your drink) and some of the fresh pro­duce on the menu is grown on the farm. It also fea­tures 33 kilo­me­tres’ worth of cy­cling, run­ning and hik­ing trails. With this in mind, the item on the menu called The Orig­i­nal BBB (R36) makes sense! (It stands for “Bik­ers Break­fast Bun” – a sesame seed bun with ched­dar, ba­con, tomato and an egg.) The Plaas Brêk­fis (R100) is also rec­om­mended: eggs, ba­con, 150 g sir­loin steak with chakalaka and pap dumplings. Yum! The menu has bant­ing-friendly op­tions and gluten-free bread. You can or­der light meals and there are kid­dies’ op­tions. There’s also a jun­gle gym where the lit­tle ones can play while you watch from the stoep. The food is af­ford­able and de­li­cious. A burger or a fresh salad costs be­tween R70 and R85. Thirsty? They have home-made le­mon­ade, fresh fruit juice, milk­shakes and cof­fee for R20. Want some­thing sweet? Try a slice of car­rot cake. Rosemary Hill doesn’t have a per­ma­nent liquor li­cence yet, but they some­times sup­ply booze for cy­cling events or wed­dings. You’re wel­come to bring your own wine – just double check ahead of time. The farm shop sells good­ies like rusks, gin­ger snaps and choc chip bis­cuits, as well as rosemary and laven­der es­sen­tial oils made on the farm. On week­ends there are cy­clists and run­ners every­where. If you pre­fer a qui­eter at­mos­phere, it’s bet­ter to visit dur­ing the week. Where? Drive east along the N4 and take the Boschkop/Donker­hoek turn-off. Pay the toll fee (R12), turn right, cross the bridge and con­tinue along the R964 dirt road for about 1 km. Rosemary Hill is on the right – look for the big green sign. Open­ing times: Mon­day to Fri­day from 8 am to 5 pm; Satur­day, Sunday and public hol­i­days from 7 am to 4 pm. Con­tact: 012 802 0052; rose­mary­hill.co.za

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