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Café Bloom

5 Reviews
Bakery fare, Health food, Modern
Phone Number 0794718005 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 7.30am to 4pm

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Menu

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Details

Cost
R95 avg main meal
Food
Bakery fare, Health food, Modern
Corkage
R20
Cost
R95 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Alfresco, Breakfast, Child friendly, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

Off the R103, Shop 5 Cowrie Village Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Katharine Pope

Mick Haigh’s country-style cafe is a landmark in these parts, and worth a stop if you’re passing through for fresh, light food all made with produce sourced from the surrounding farms.

Food
Start the day with creamy scrambled eggs topped with plenty of grated hard cheese and herbs grown in the garden.The harvest table has a bevy of followers. By lunch, it’s laden with inventive salads and quiches, all prettily presented with edible flowers - think roast brinjals spread with tapenade and nasturtium flowers; beetroot buried in lemon zest or roasted slowly in balsamic and served with chickweed and strawberries; or lentils with rosemary, onion, broccoli, halloumi and plenty of garlic and black pepper. Alternatively, you can opt for a toasted sarmie with cheese and onion marmalade. The dense, gooey chocolate brownies and scones are a hit with locals. Take home a selection, and ask if they have any fresh bread. The beautifully bubbly baguettes are home-made, roasted in the wood oven.

Drinks
There’s good Buondi coffee, freshly squeezed juices and milkshakes.

Service
Relaxed - as you might expect in these parts.

Ambience
The old house, with its blazing fireplace and sofas, is cosy and cluttered in a thoroughly comfortable way. Food is served on Mick Haigh’s own ceramic tableware, and paintings by Sally Haigh add colour to the walls. Gorgeous bowls of flowers - sweetpeas, garden roses or pincushion proteas - finish the picture. There’s a courtyard out back for the summer time.

Best for…
Coffee and cake to break a drive, or a healthy harvest table spread.

(2018)

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User reviews

5 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).
    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.
    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.

    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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