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Focus falls on freshness and quality, with owner Kathleen Hornby guaranteeing 90% of the meat and chicken dishes are free from hormones and antibiotics, and the eggs are free-range.
Subject to seasonal availability, the lunchtime menu includes pork steaks served with cauliflower couscous, hake-and-salmon fishcakes and a modernised version of the Italian classic osso buco (using beef not veal).
A firm favourite is the chicken-and-mushroom pie with creamed potato. The flaky crisp pastry holds together a sinfully creamy filling overflowing with meat and mushrooms – a welcome sight when the cooler winter weather attacks Durban and locals add a light wrap to their attire. Following swiftly in its path is the parmesan chicken with green bean gremolata and mashed potato, also granted soul-fulfilling status for its herby lemony flavours matched to the classic nuttiness of a good parmesan cheese.
Afternoon visits embrace coffee and cake – beautifully crafted applications of classics like New York baked cheesecake, lemon meringue piece or a gluten-free chocolate and orange cake. A personal slice of heaven is the carrot-and-almond cake, accompanied by an expertly crafted cappuccino.
Between March and September, Two Acres offers a high tea – a gastronomic feast of sweet and savoury treats like cloud-light scones, pastries, brûlées, tartlets and sandwiches. A selection of loose tea and freshly ground coffee completes the experience.
A wide array of teas and speciality coffees are the typical order of the day. When a stronger brew is required, the Hendrick’s Gin bar accommodates the current trend for this English favourite and the champagne bar serves premiere MCC.
Staff is informative, with a willingness to accommodate any and every request.
Given the symbiosis of the nursery and the tea garden, the atmosphere is unmistakeably calming. Wrought iron tables and chairs feature in pastel colours – mint green, smoky grey and pale royal blue and pink ease away tensions with their equanimity. Table centrepieces are ceramic flower pots in the same gentle colours filled with indigenous succulents and spekboom plants and the gravel underfoot hints at 17th century French chateaux, with their long carriageways leading to wide marble steps.
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