On one of our spur of the moment weekend outings last year (I suggested to Chantelle that we head out to Stanford for a cheesy picnic at the Klein River Cheese farmstead), I randomly decided to stop for a coffee in the middle of nowhere, ending up at the delightfully dusty Van Brakel Stoor farm stall along the R316 – basically somewhere on the road between Caledon and Napier.
Established way back in 1921, the Van Brakel Stoor originally operated as the local grocery store and mechanical repair shop for the area, before being rebooted in 2004 as today’s old-time country store and coffee shop.
The goal is simple – serve up local, home-made food with warm platteland hospitality.
In addition to the coffee and food on offer in its little dining space, the Van Brakel Stoor farm stall also stocks all manner of local wines, home-made preserves and baked treats (as well as a few essentials for the locals), and as an added bonus, the shop’s interior comes lined with all sorts of interesting farm relics from days gone by.
(Oh, and apparently the Van Brakel Stoor is also used as an events venue. I wouldn’t have guessed it, but that is definitely what their website states!)
Given the farm stall’s location in the heart of the Overberg, the surrounding farm landscape is also something worth taking in. (Basically, photos were just begging to be taken!)
So yes, I rather enjoyed this slightly unplanned little coffee stop then.
P.S. The amount of food stuffs that can be pickled and preserved is mind-boggling. Also, it brought a huge smile to my face identifying all the old biscuit tins that I remember from my grandparents’ houses as a kid.