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