The Tearoom at Babylonstoren

So today marked the passing of another year in my transient earthly existence (Hipster for ‘yet another birthday’) and I decided to spend it at one of my favourite places, Babylonstoren.

Having dined at their restaurant Babel I was keen to try out their new informal eatery called The Tearoom. It’s a no fuss, simple affair with a make your own sandwich experience served with a garden fresh salad, homemade chutney, dressing and a selection of cakes.

The venue is idyllic, the food excellent and decor to die for. My only criticism was the slow and cumbersome service. I’m chalking it up to teething issues, but to make it a truly great experience they need to up their game.

I expressed my concerns to the manager on duty who in turned comped our drinks, unnecessary, but much appreciated. Kudos to them for taking my criticism to heart, it’s how eateries learn from their mistakes. My pet peeve is people taking to social media criticizing a venue and NOT addressing their issues with them directly.

We took a short walk through the garden and Nathan stopped to reflect on/in the bubbling brook, but the 37 degree weather wasn’t conducive to a long meandering walk.

Overall a fantastic day spend with those closest to me, just the way I feel a birthday should be spent.

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5 Responses to The Tearoom at Babylonstoren

  1. Kerry says:

    A belated Happy Birthday to you, looks like you had a lovely day – just the way I like to spend my Birthday too. Hope you have a good week :)

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for the well wishes Kerry, it was a lovely day indeed, quiet, spent with my loved ones in a beautiful setting. Hope you have a great week to!

  2. Thaya says:

    I have to go to both places. Oh my. Out-of-this-world beauty.

  3. Thaya says:

    P.S. Where is this tearoom?

  4. Matt says:

    Hey Thay, it’s on the way through to Franschhoek ahead of Simondium.

    The farm, Babylonstoren is one of the older Cape Dutch farms in SA and the owners are media magnet Koos Bekker and his wife, world renown stylist Karen Roos.

    Babel is closed on Monday’s, and generally is by booking only, but the tearoom is a walk in affair. There is a R10 entrance fee per person, but the gardens are well worth it and the money is donated to a local upliftment project.

    Check out Jo’s pics here: http://www.coelhoculture.blogspot.com/2012/01/babylonstoren-part-three-yes-i-love-it.html

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