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Lunch at The Orchard Farm Stall in Grabouw (2017-03-11) Farm Stalls | Photo Gallery 13 AUG 2017

The plan had originally been for me to have lunch with the girls over at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club in Grabouw. However, that plan was abruptly put paid to on discovery of one lone “beware of snakes” signboard at the country club, meaning that a new plan was now hastily required – which is exactly then how we ended up for lunch at the nearby The Orchard Farm Stall instead.

I’ve actually stopped here numerous times in the past, thanks to The Orchard usually being a lot less busy than the popular Peregrine Farm Stall down the road.

(Honestly, it is just as worthwhile a stop as its more famous competitor farm stall!)

What’s particularly nice about The Orchard is its huge patch of lawn stretched out in front of the restaurant area, meaning plenty of run around space for the kids, thereby ensuring a reasonably good chance of being able to sit quietly and enjoy an ice cold beer.

(Incidentally, the Hermanus produced Old Harbour Beer is a pretty good craft beer, just in case you aren’t sure on what to have when there).

The farm stall itself, billed as the The Orchard Elgin Country Market, is superbly well stocked, with plenty of interesting produce and home industry items to cast your eye on, with the ambiance on whole being pretty friendly and pretty laid back.

Also, because The Orchard usually makes an effort in terms of providing some things for the kids to do (in this case a jumping castle and quadbike train rides), the girls were pretty satisfied with my hastily revised plan on the day.

All in all, a great space to stretch the legs if you are on the road with little kids.

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Lunch at The Orchard in Grabouw (2016-04-17) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 12 MAY 2016

To round off our weekend away with Oupa and Ouma in Barrydale, we stopped for lunch on the way home, pulling in at The Orchard Farm Stall & Coffee Shop in Grabouw – a pleasant N2 stop that I’ve mentioned before, perfect if you have kids that need a little space to run around while you tuck into something a little more substantial.

IMG_20160415_145352 at the orchard farm stall and restaurant in grabouw

As luck would have it, by now we had escaped the overcast weather that had followed us all the way to Swellendam from Warmwaterberg Spa, meaning that we were treated to blue skies and a little bit of sunshine to go with it.

We picked an outside table, meaning that Jessica and Emily could get on with running around, climbing the jungle gym and falling off the swings.

IMG_20160417_141929 montgomery clan eating outside at the orchard farm stall and restaurant in grabouw

Sadly though, Emily did have a bit of an accident with the milkshake, but other than that, we enjoyed a pleasant family lunch (hamburgers and sandwiches!) before saying our goodbyes and parting ways.

In other words, great end to our little Warmwaterberg Spa weekend adventure!

(Oh, and in case you spotted the different timestamps on the photos, yes we did actually stop there on the way up – to stock up on biltongs and pies for the road!)

Related Link: The Orchard Farm Stall & Coffee Shop

Things to do with Kids in Cape Town: Eat at The Orchard Farm Stall in Grabouw Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 30 MAY 2015

If you feel like a drive with the kids, then why not shoot up the N2 and tackle Sir Lowry’s Pass, taking it up past Steenbras Dam and then swinging left into Grabouw.

IMG_20150427_121811 the orchard farm stall and coffee shop in grabouw

The first thing you’ll see is the large rolling green lawn of The Orchard Farm Stall, a large airy farm stall filled with all manner of home made treats, farm produce and of course arts and crafts.

Of more importance to us here is the attached coffee shop / restaurant, which features a host of well priced, simple food options, covering you if you just want to stop and have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, or sit down and devour lunch proper.

IMG_20150427_115549 jessica lotter with a giant choc chip cookie

The huge green lawn means that there is ample space for the kids to run around and play, and the owners also have had a little jungle gym with swings installed, perfect to keep the little ones busy.

Also, there seems to be a permanent jump castle setup as well – which needless to say keeps the kiddies pretty happy!

IMG_20150427_121815 emily lotter about to tackle the jungle gym in grabouw

So if you want to get some fresh air, let the kids run around a bit, and just sit and relax, then a stop at The Orchard Farm Stall in Grabouw is certainly not a bad option.

(My only complaint is a little one – given that it sits right on the N2, you do get the noise of the passing traffic – but in the same breath that gives you a little more to see and to talk about, so it’s not all that bad!)

IMG_20150427_123839 emily lotter going for a ride on dumbo in grabouw

Note, if your kids are of the older variety, then another great option slightly further along the route is Peregrine Farm Stall and its associated Red Tractor Cafe – looking particularly good following its recent refurbishment.

Oh, and on the way back, don’t forget to pull over and stop at the Sir Lowry’s Pass viewpoint. Stunning views of the False Bay, Gordon’s Bay, Strand, and Somerset West guaranteed!

(The day that these photos were taken proved to be a little too windy for the girls – they were back inside the car before you could blink!)

IMG_20150427_125819 looking over the bay from sir lowry's pass 1

IMG_20150427_125839 chantelle lotter with the girls at sir lowry's pass viewpoint

IMG_20150427_125823 looking over the bay from sir lowry's pass 2

IMG_20150427_125902 craig lotter at sir lowry's pass viewpoint

Related Link: TripAdvisor | Sir Lowry’s Pass