What better way to spend a warm summer day in the capital than outside with good food? Here’s a pick of some of the best spots in and around Pretoria to grab a packed picnic.
Afro-boer (Die Wilgers)
Head over to popular bakery and breakfast spot Afro-boer for a picnic on the benches or on the lovely lawns in the garden. It’s just launched a brand new picnic menu that includes the Wake Up Shake Up breakfast picnic for R160 per person with berry yoghurt granola pots, lavender, walnut and apricot muffins, and chocolate phyllo rolls to mention a few. There’s a variety of other picnics, including those catering for specialty diets such as keto. The vegan offering is R180 per person and has treats like pearl-barley salad, sweet-potato coconut soup cups and raw truffles. Note that all boxes need to be booked two days prior and exclude beverages.
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 and homemade ginger beer upon arrival; bottomless coffee and tea throughout; low-carb muesli with yoghurt and fruit; croissants filled with ham, cheese and tomato; and a baked lemon cheesecake. It costs R160 per person, plus a R500 set-up fee. For the same price and drinks, the lunch picnic menu features an array of treats such as 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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The Blades (Roodeplaat)
For a picnic overlooking the Roodeplat Dam or a pool, The Blades offers various beautiful spots. The bronze picnic is for up to ten people, for R195 per person and for an additional cost can be set up to be romantic, with rose petals, chocolates and sparkling wine. For a bigger bash of ten people or more, choose the silver picnic for R240 per person or the gold for R255 per person. The menus include treats like mushroom quiche with coriander yoghurt, spicy chicken tortilla wraps, and mini chocolate mousse pods. Kiddies’ picnics can be added for R95 per person and have chicken-mayo burgers and cupcakes for the children to ice. Make sure to book four days in advance.
The Rose Kitchen at Ludwig’s Roses (Haakdoornlaagte)
For a treat among the flowers, you can have a picnic on the beautiful Ludwig’s rose farm, with a picnic spot set up for you on the grounds or around the children’s play area. The menu for R240 per person includes skewers laden with camembert, cherry tomatoes, Black Forest ham and cucumber served in a jar, rosy chocolate brownies, and freshly baked bread and croissants. For R220 per person, the vegetarian picnic option has a tomato, aubergine and feta quiche. For the little ones, there’s a chicken-mayo sandwich, fresh fruit and other treats for R100 per person. If you want to go the extra mile, get them to set up a heart out of petals or a take-home bouquet for you at the picnic spot.
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 MCC, blankets, carpets, fairy lights and fresh flowers for R900 per couple. For R315 per adult plus pavilion hire, 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 and a children’s menu featuring a crispy chicken wrap. Menu highlights could include homemade lemonade, spring water, local cheeses, fruits, preserves and the chef’s sweet treat of the day.
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