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Café Bloom

Café Bloom
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Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Health food, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food
The focus here is on fresh and wholesome food, and it certainly shows on the plate. Most of the produce used is grown in the veggie garden on site or at the owners’ home using heirloom and organic saved seeds. Breakfasts feature wholewheat bread that is freshly baked every day served with the likes of creamy scrambled eggs and herbs, eggs Florentine, anchovette, sliced tomato and herbs, or with home-made preserves. There’s also muesli with honey yoghurt and a daily special featuring locally sourced hot-smoked trout. Lunch is a real treat: a harvest table groans with delectable wholesome seasonal salads sold by weight. There are also toasted sandwiches with fillings including “The Works” – cheese, tomato, olives, pesto, caramelised onion and herbs – on offer, which are served with the house-made tomato and onion marmalade that’s also available to buy. The bakes are also extremely popular – take your picks from scones, muffins, cheesecake or chocolate brownies and enjoy with the excellent coffee or a chai latte made using real spices and tea.

Drinks
The usual hot drinks make way in warmer weather for refreshing milkshakes, freshly pressed juices or water from the underground spring on the property. There is also a small selection of wine and beer.

Service
Friendly and welcoming; you’ll want to linger.

Ambience
Comfortable country chic, with owner Michael Haigh’s quirky ceramics on display and his wife Sally’s paintings adorning the walls. All art is for sale.

And…
Sit outside in the garden on a sunny day or warm yourself by the fire inside when it’s chilly.

(August 2015)

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  • Frank Chemaly

    Food 

    Expect a feast of wholesome, vibrant plates showcasing fresh ingredients just picked from the garden at this Best Country-Style Restaurant for 2014. Gourmet baking awaits, with great sandwiches created from fresh ingredients slathered over a selection of fine breads. Start your visit with a serious smoothie from a range of interesting vegetable combinations – like the beetroot, pineapple and ginger brew, for example. Allow yourself to be tempted by the home baked pies, or just stop in for a great cappuccino and cheesecake. The harvest table groans with a delightful and interesting array of salads freshly picked from the garden.

    Wine

    A limited offering, but some organics and Midlands wines (yes, they produce wine in KZN) add interest.

    Service

    Homely and comfortable in style; they get the job done. It can get very busy on weekends.

    Ambience

    This charming eatery is located in an old shed that’s been revamped. On fair days everything spills out onto the manicured garden. On a cold day, hunker around the heaters and relax in an armchair while perusing a recipe book.

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    An antique shop, rug shop and gift shop add to the attraction for day-trippers.

    (August 2014)

  • Fresh, wholesome and ethically sourced food in a lovely, shabby-chic setting. Pick your own ingredients for a freshly blended drink. Wonderful personal service. Order the vegetarian harvest table lunch buffet, daily soup, lemon polenta cake, poached egg and spinach Florentine. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    They serve only breakfast and lunch, but that makes it sound overly simple. It’s not: amazing flavours and ingredients make this restaurant a favourite among locals and visitors to the Midlands. Think scones with local blue cheese and homemade strawberry jam; and platters of cheese with caramelised onions, pickled mushrooms, homemade chutneys and breads. Warms soups are served in tin cups. Simple flavours far exceed expectations.

    Wine
    A simple list, with mainly by-the-glass options. Try one of the delicious freshly squeezed juices.

    Service
    Sit back and enjoy everything that the Midlands has to offer. It’s all homemade, and the service is warm and friendly.

    Ambience
    This is a shabby-chic café with comfy couches and an amazing garden. The art is brilliant, and simplicity of the décor is what makes this very special. Picture your granny’s tea set laid out for you, with tea cosy and all. It’s a perfect place to spend Sundays.

    And...
    If you're looking for the tops chefs in the area, they're probably here. (PM, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Although a sweet, quaint restaurant tucked away in the beautiful countryside, I still find it to be a very vibey and chic place to hang out. It's the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a quiet lunch. I love it's rustic and laid back look. The owner is super friendly too. Definitely something to add onto your to-do list whilst in the Midlands (and when needing to take a break from the city for a bit).
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  • Don't deserve the hype. The buffet looked like my 4 year old niece got hold of it. We opted for the sandwiches. Tasteless and soggy. Tables and chairs were dirty as well as the cutlery / crockery. Service slow.
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  • Love Café Bloom, always make sure when we go to the Midlands that we have a relaxing meal and a far from the Maddening crowds moment. It is a serene place with wonderful people who run it, yummy simple delicious food and lovely gifts to soothe the soul. Sitting in the gardens there makes me feel like I am really somewhere special. Well done to CAFE BLOOM you deserve it.
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  • I love this little spot. It's a piece of French country-side/cafe in the Midlands. Health buffet for lunch, cooked fresh everyday. The cakes are to die for, and the atmosphere is just divine. Could sit there all day eating and reading and chatting.

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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Stores and Markets

The selection is very small and changes from day to day. All goodies are homemade and used in the café where organic ingredients and the very best vegetarian meals are the order of the day. Snap up fruit crisps, homemade muffins, scones, quiches and bread when passing by or enjoying a meal.
Smart shopper tip: Don’t leave without the famous onion marmalade.

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