Unlike the refined experience at the estate’s Babel restaurant, the food – and feel – of Greenhouse is all about relaxed picnic-style dining. Dishes arrive in wooden boxes and salads fresh from the garden come in glass jars. It’s rustic, yet plenty of thought and care has gone into the small selection of light meals and fresh bakes.
For a quick stop, the fresh scones with garden preserves are a must, as is the gluten-free chocolate cake. In summer, popsicle sorbets from frozen garden fruits will take the edge off the heat.
But leave time for lunch, as the plates here are well priced and evidently made with love. A humble boerewors roll comes with home-made tomato relish, while the open sandwiches (on a selection of breads) are packed with ingredients from the estate – garden greens, home-smoked bacon and their own chutneys.
Alongside a range of estate wines, all by the glass or bottle, there’s a wonderful choice of fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies and zingy home-made ginger beer. Craft beers from the nearby Cape Brewing Company are on offer too.
Warm, friendly service from start to finish. No bookings accepted, but the front-of-house will do their utmost to find you a seat when busy.
A glorious garden setting under the oak trees, or inside the eponymous greenhouse when the weather turns.
Light bites during a garden wander.
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