If you want good food, ample portions, friendly service and fair prices the Farmhouse is your place of choice.
Easily accessible from the N2, just north of Ballito, the Farmhouse has a peaceful setting with well established trees (several Monkey Puzzles) in an unmarked parking area. Located at the end of a tree lined dirt road (approximately 150 meters off the main road) gives it an isolated feel.
Two portable wooden huts adjacent to the main building house art exhibits from time to time and the main building offers: undercover patios for open air dining, large screen projection for viewing sporting events, a stage for live music, a pub with a smaller TV for viewing events and a very “down home” atmosphere.
They feature a different lunch special each day of the week and believe me, the portions won’t leave you hungry nor the prices leave you broke. The Monday feature is a hamburger and beer of your choice for R15 ($2.10). The picture here is the Tuesday special (fish and chips) for R35 and the price includes your choice of wine.
The cutlery is a bit mix-and-match and the crockery isn’t fine china but the service is timely and the presentation will surprise you, pleasantly.
Did I say the portions are healthy.
They feature live music on Sunday afternoons. A few chickens roaming the garden give it free-range authenticity. A playground is provided for youngsters and you can sit and enjoy the ambiance as long as you like. They would, however, appreciate it if you made a move before its too late each evening.
- Follow the N2 north from the Gateway Mall exit +/- 30 kilometers (18 Miles) to exit 214 (Umhlali – Salt Rock Rd. – Shakaskraal).
- Take the exit and turn right.
- Travel approximately 400 meters to the Farmhouse sign on left.
- Turn left onto dirt road just past sign and follow the road 150 meters to the end.
- Park wherever there is space and enjoy.
Phone: (032) 525-8035
They take all major credit cards.
Times of operation:
- Mon-Fri 8:30 AM till the last customer leaves +/- 9:00 PM
- Sat 8:30 AM till 10 or 11 PM (depending on when the last customer leaves)
- Sun 8:30 AM till 7 PM
I got the sense from my few visits that the Farmhouse was a meeting point for many locals but I was treated like a welcomed guest each time.
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