Summer and Spring are the perfect seasons for picnics on lush lawns with loved ones. Head over to these restaurants in Pretoria and feast on their gourmet offerings.
Afro-boer (Die Wilgers)
Take advantage of the sunny season and head over to Afro-boer for a picnic on the benches or on the lovely lawns in the garden. For R220 for two, the Executive Breakfast Box is filled with moerkoffies or cappuccinos, berry yoghurt with homemade granola, layered cups topped with honey and croissants stuffed with ham and cheese. The Romancing the Rocks basket for two includes a charcuterie platter consisting of cheeses, cold meats, dips, chicken liver pâté pot and panini, chocolate brownies and a red or white wine or bubbly for R550. The Tots Box for two comprises toasted cheese sandwiches, milkshakes and chocolate cupcakes with speckled eggs for R120.
Anja’s Tea Garden (Zwafelpoort)
Guests at Anja’s Tea Garden are spoilt for choice with two picnic offerings in a relaxed farm atmosphere. The breakfast picnic menu includes strawberry rooibos iced tea upon arrival; bottomless coffee and tea; low-carb muesli with yoghurt and fruit; croissants filled with ham, cheese and tomato; and a baked lemon cheesecake. It costs R190 per person, plus a R500 set-up fee. For R190 per person, expect a lunch picnic menu of strawberry rooibos iced tea on arrival, bottomless coffee and tea, basil pesto, mature cheddar cheese, smoked beef, hickory ham, salad in a jar, lemon cheesecake and cheese bread with butter. Guests are seated on picnic blankets with low tables that are decorated with fresh flowers and pretty crockery set in the middle.
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Rosemary Hill (Boschkop)
Rosemary Hill Farm has three picnic offerings ideal for couples, functions and small get-togethers with family and friends. The Romantic package includes Krone Night Nectar Demi Sec MCC, blankets, carpets, fairy lights and fresh flowers for R900 per couple. For R315 per adult, the function offering for 8 to 40 people includes a picnic set-up with palette tables, bunting, cushions, and old books as table décor. The Family Time package for 2 to 8 people includes a set-up with a little table, blankets and cushions for R295 per adult. Menu highlights could include homemade lemonade, spring water, cheese, fruits, preserves, crackers, freshly baked baguette, citrus-braised lamb wrap with spicy yoghurt and the chef’s sweet treat of the day.
The Strawberry Farm (Hartbeespoort)
Situated near Hartbeespoort dam, The Strawberry Farm provides both a relaxed and refreshing country experience away from the city (with an entrance fee of R85, excluding strawberry-picking and picnicking). The farm offers three picnic basket options that cater for two: The Mills for R485, The Craggs for R575 and The Magalies for R690. The baskets feature similar items such as farm-style French loaf; pickled items; smoked, cured and dried meats with different pâtés; desserts; and drinks.
Willow Feather Farm (Irene)
The Willow Feather picnic experience is a wonderful way to spend the day out with family and friends. Expect a Willow Farm picnic basket for R265 per person featuring country hams, salami, cheese, free-range sticky chicken drumsticks, French loaf bread with butter, salads, sweet treats and a bottle of mineral water. There’s also an option to complement your picnic basket with the Cape cheese, fruit and preserves board for R200; a kiddies’ picnic basket for R100 per child (ages 2 to 12 years); and a high tea picnic basket filled with sweet and savoury baked goods, strawberry and mint-infused water and a choice of two teas.
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